Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain says Delhi cases have stabilized and we may lift restrictions
If the Covid cases in Delhi decrease in the next two to three days, the restrictions will be lifted, Minister Satyendar Jain said today.
Delhi is expected to report around 25,000 cases in the past 24 hours, the minister said, adding that the positivity rate cannot determine whether cases have peaked.
The positivity rate in the city has crossed 25% and is at its highest for seven months.
But Mr Jain said coronavirus cases have stabilized in Delhi and it is possible that infections will wane soon. “The hospitalization rate has stabilized and cases have leveled off. There are still several vacant beds,” he told reporters.
Cases in Mumbai have started to decline, he said. “We will soon see the same trend in Delhi,” he added.
On Tuesday, private offices in Delhi were ordered to shut down and get employees to work from home. An exception to the rule is offices linked to essential services. Restaurants and bars in the city have also been closed; only take-away meals are allowed. A nighttime curfew has been in place since last month.
Delhi has reported between 20,000 and 22,000 cases in the past few days.
Delhi recorded 23 deaths on Tuesday. It has already reported 93 deaths over the New Year, up from 54 in the past five months.
“People with comorbidities face more problems, not many people come to the hospital for treatment for the coronavirus,” Jain explained.
Yesterday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the speed of the virus spread slowed in Delhi.
“Covid cases are increasing rapidly across the country. Delhi is also seeing an increase but we have noticed that the speed of the virus spread has slowed down. I hope this trend continues and the spread of Covid decreases,” said Mr. Kejriwal said.