Third Covid wave in Delhi fading away, positivity rate below 5% for 7 continuous days: Min

Third Covid wave in Delhi fading away, positivity rate below 5% for 7 continuous days: Min

The positivity rate has been continuously less than 5 per cent for the past 7 days which is a sign of relief as it points to the fact that the effect of the third wave in Delhi is on perpetual decline.

Positivity rate has seen a major difference of 80 per cent since November 7, according to Minister of Health and Family Welfare Satyendar Jain.

“Thanking everyone involved, especially the frontline and healthcare workers, he said that without their continued support, Delhi would not have been able to achieve this. At present, there are around 13000 beds vacant, a number which is unmatched by any other Indian state. Delhi has the infrastructural ability for storage as well as application of the vaccine, and is just waiting for it to be made available,” said the Minister.

He said there were 2463 new cases in Delhi yesterday and the positivity rate was 3.42 per cent. Positivity rate has been constantly declining and has been below the 5 per cent mark since the past seven days, which is a sign of relief.

“There were 50 deaths yesterday, but from November 1 to present, this has been the lowest statistic. The positivity rate of RT-PCR test is looming around 6-6.5 per cent. Overall positivity rate has come down to 3 per cent as compared to 15.26 per cent on November 7. The rate has seen a significant difference of 80 per cent,” he said.

“We can say that the third wave in Delhi is fading away, however it is not over yet. I sincerely thank all the frontline and health workers who have been rigorously active in the course of this pandemic, putting their lives at stake in order to provide service to the citizens. I applaud Delhi’s citizens for their continued support. I request all Delhiites to continue taking all the necessary precautions in order to successfully combat the third wave” said Jain.

Responding to the query surrounding the death rate, the Minister said: “Earlier, we saw a sudden increase in deaths because of the hazardous pollution levels in Delhi. Combined with the virus, a lot of people were indisposed. Still, a lot of people are admitted in the hospitals. This has a lagging effect meaning that we see changes after a gap of 2-3 weeks. Now that cases have decreased, the death rate too will eventually fall.”

Shedding light on the vacancy of beds in Delhi hospitals, Jain said: “Delhi has 18800 beds, out of which more than 13000 beds are vacant. This number remains unmatched by any other Indian state. However the situation of ICU beds, is under review.”