Wear masks, maintain hygiene, social distancing: Jain
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday stated that Covid-appropriate behaviour is indispensable to our fight against Covid-19. This includes wearing masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and being socially distanced. Any complacency in this regard can prove to be detrimental. He stated that despite the steady increase in cases, the fatality rate has reduced substantially. When compared with last year in November, the fatality rate was somewhere between 2-3%, however, currently, the rate is less than 0.5%.
The Kejriwal-led government is continuously increasing the designated beds, which have been increased from 6 thousand to 13 thousand, and more beds are being consistently increased.
Jain further mentioned that there hasn’t been any shortage of ventilators in hospitals. Delhi has consistently been conducting more than 1 lakh tests and its testing capacity is more than twice the number of tests being conducted in any city. More than 1 lakh tests are being carried out from which 70% is RT-PCR.
Jain took cognisance of the concerns on availability of beds and stated: “90% of people have recovered through home isolation in the past. Upon testing positive, people shouldn’t rush towards getting hospitalised. Fever, or any other mild symptom can be treated through home isolation. Until the time one is not advised by the doctor for hospitalisation, they must refrain from going to the hospitals. In case mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic patients rush to the hospitals, the ones who have been advised and are facing severe symptoms might face some problems in accessing the beds”.
He stressed that there was a need to avoid unnecessary movements for sometime, and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, to fight this virus collectively. The easiest way to stop the virus is to wear a mask as it will help in containing the outbreak extensively.
Jain mentioned that those who have been vaccinated must not show any form of negligence, and must follow covid-appropriate behaviour.