Delhi recorded around 8,500 cases, positivity down to 12% in last 24 hours: Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that in the past 24 hours, Delhi has recorded around 8,500 cases, as against 28,000+ cases on April 20 and that the positivity rate down to 12 per cent as against 36 per cent on April 22.
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In the past 10 days, the number of patients in hospitals of Delhi has reduced by more than 3,000 patients, this means that 3,000 beds have become empty, however, ICU beds are still full, he added.
Kejriwal also said around 1,200 new ICU beds have been prepared and will be ready in 1-2 days, which will bring great relief to the people of Delhi.
Kejriwal said: “In these times of despair, I wish to bring some good news to everyone. In the past 24 hours, less than 10,000 cases of coronavirus have come up in Delhi. In the past 24 hours, Delhi has recorded around 8,500 cases. For the past few days, a lot of cases have appeared in Delhi. There were more than 28,000 cases on April 20, 2021. Today 8,500 cases have emerged.
“It is the first time in many days that the number of cases has been less than 10,000. The infection rate has also gone down in Delhi, which is only 12 per cent over the past 24 hours. Infection rate means the number of people found to be Covid positive out of 100 people.
“A greater infection rate implies that the virus is widely spread. Today the infection rate has come to be only 12 per cent. On April 22 this infection had reached 36 per cent in Delhi.”
He said: “This means that a lesser number of people are falling ill in Delhi. The number of people admitted to the hospitals has also reduced. In the past 10 days, the number of patients in hospitals of Delhi has reduced by more than 3,000 patients. Which means that 3,000 beds have become empty.
“Now there is no problem being faced to get beds in hospitals, yet one thing to be observed is that the ICU beds are still full. This means the number of serious patients has not declined much. Even now the ICU beds in the hospitals of Delhi are almost full. Your government is also working in this direction. Around 1200 new ICU beds have been prepared and are now ready to be utilized by today or tomorrow. This will bring great relief to the people of Delhi.”
Kejriwal added: “The cases that are declining in Delhi have been because of the contribution of every person of Delhi. We imposed a very strict lockdown in Delhi, but the people of Delhi offered their complete support in the same. Everyone adhered to the lockdown completely. Today everyone is talking about how the people of Delhi managed to reduce the number of coronavirus cases.
“This has been possible only because of the disciplined behaviour of the people of Delhi. But the battle is not won yet. The battle is yet to finish. Even now 8,500 cases have come up. This has to be reduced to 0. We have to end coronavirus entirely.”
He said: “Secondly, if we do not take precautions, then the cases will increase again. There is no guarantee that they will remain low. Delhi may face problems again. Therefore by no means, we can let loose. The lockdown has to be adhered to strictly and should employ all the ways to ensure protection from the coronavirus.
“The Delhi Government is also not leaving any scope in its arrangements. We are making more oxygen beds, buying thousands of oxygen cylinders, installing new ICU beds, so that in case the coronavirus cases increase, we are fully prepared in the arrangements we make.”