The government will lift all corona related curbs as soon as it can and work towards bringing the economy back on track, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while leading Republic Day celebrations at the Delhi Secretariat and hoisting the National Flag on Monday.
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On the sidelines of the Republic Day, a grand celebration was held at the premises of the Delhi Secretariat. Kejriwal took part in the celebrations as the chief guest.
“My heartiest greetings to all the people of India and especially those of Delhi on Republic Day. For the last two years a lot of activities we’d normally see take place day to day have remained shut because of the pandemic. We lost a lot of lives because of coronavirus, someone in every family got infected too. The country has seen three waves of the virus, but Delhi has seen five. It is us Delhiites who’ve faced the worst of Covid.
“The virus did not originate in India, it came from abroad. Most international flights land in Delhi when they come to India. Whenever a new variant comes from abroad, it hits us first. No one has faced anything like what Delhi has. But in our true spirit, we the people of Delhi, our doctors, our officers, our Covid warriors, we came together and fought resiliently. Today we stand together in the face of the fifth wave. Omicron spreads rapidly but is assessed to be mild,” he said.
On January 13, 29,000 Covoid cases were recorded in Delhi. It was almost as much as our highest trend during the 4th wave of Delhi or the second wave of the country in April, he said.
“Unlike the situation back then, this time around only 2,500 to 3,000 patients needed hospitalisation. On January 15 we recorded our highest positivity rate around 30 per cent. After 10 days, we saw it dip to around 10 per cent yesterday. The cases are similarly seeing a decline too,” he said.