Coronavirus cases in Delhi increasing due to more testing, no need to panic: Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that coronavirus cases in Delhi have increased due to the increased number of testing in the national capital to detect the patients. Asserting that there was no need to panic due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said the situation is under control.

“I want to assure you that the coronavirus situation in Delhi is completely under control but there is no room for complacency. There is no need to panic. Coronavirus cases in Delhi are increasing as we have doubled testing to detect the patients infected with the disease,” Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.

Arvind Kejriwal also said that his government is prepared to deal with any situation that may arise due to the coronavirus. He said that his government has taken several steps to reduce deaths due to the virus in Delhi.

Reiterating that his government is testing more people in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said, “Don’t think the situation in Delhi has worsened because more coronavirus cases are being reported. The coronavirus cases in Delhi are increasing because we have doubled testing. We have increased single-day testing from 20,000 to 40,000.”

“We have set up coronavirus testing camps in Delhi markets and bus stands.”

Arvind Kejriwal said, “As per data between August 15 and today, the fatality rate among coronavirus patients is 1 per cent in Delhi against 1.7 per cent of national fatality rate. Our recovery rate is 87 per cent against 77 per cent on the national level.”

Arvind Kejriwal said that there is no shortage of hospital beds for coronavirus patients in Delhi and added that out of 14,000 beds, only 5,000 are occupied.

“There are 14,000 beds for coronavirus patients out of which 5,000 beds are currently occupied in Delhi. Of the 5,000 beds, around 1,700 beds are occupied by patients from outside Delhi,” the Delhi chief minister said.

On Friday, Delhi recorded 2,914 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike here in 69 days. This is the fourth successive day in September when over 2,000 new coronavirus cases have been reported in a day. Also, over 36,000 tests were conducted on Friday.

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