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Is Delhi prepared for third wave of COVID-19? What CM Arvind Kejriwal has to say

Updated: May 20, 2021

New Delhi: With Delhi witnessing a decline in the daily COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stressed the need to prepare for the possible third wave of coronavirus pandemic. The CM expressed confidence in creating an adequate health infrastructure city in the coming days which can handle 30,000 cases a day.



CM Kejriwal informed that the Delhi government was working to expand the health infrastructure so that the national capital can cope up with the surge in coronavirus infections during the third wave of COVID.


"We should certainly prepare for the third wave, for which we will have to further expand our infrastructure. Given the scale at which we are creating infrastructure, we will be able to manage even if 30,000 (daily) cases come up in the next wave," Kejriwal said.


As Delhi has been reporting a decline in the daily number of coronavirus cases for the last few days, CM Kejriwal hoped that the peak of the second wave has passed. The Delhi chief minister, however, refused to give any concessions on the ongoing restrictions to break the transmission chain of COVID.


"I hope the peak (of the second wave of COVID-19) has passed. I hope the cases go down in the coming days but being in the government and as the chief minister of Delhi, I would not want to give any concessions," he said.


Notably, the Delhi government has extended the ongoing lockdown till May 17.

Giving details of the health infrastructure in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain confirmed that the 500 ICU-bed COVID care center attached to the GTB hospital will be ready for use by May 11. Jain also said that a 500 ICU-bed facility near the LNJP Hospital will also be operational soon.


In a huge sigh of relief for the Delhiites, Delhi on May 10 recorded 12,651 new coronavirus cases 319 more COVID-19 deaths, the lowest in four weeks.


Notably, the positivity rate was recorded at 19.10 percent. Currently, Delhi has 85,258 active cases.



 

Courtesy: timesnownews

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