Mumbai: Following the spike in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday reiterated that there would be no lockout in the national capital, but said there may be local restrictions at some busy locations.
“There will be no lockdown in Delhi and there is no need. We have learned the experience of lockdown. There is no need to repeat it. But there can be local restrictions at some busy places. Maximum tests are being conducted which we will further increase. The virus can easily spread due to large gatherings during Chhath Puja, hence the restrictions,” Jain told reporters here.
There'll be no lockdown but there can be local restrictions at some busy places. Maximum tests are being conducted which we'll further increase. The virus can easily spread due to large gatherings during #ChhathPooja hence the restrictions: Satyendra Jain, Delhi Health Minister pic.twitter.com/5t3JE9po9Q
— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2020
The Health Minister said that an average of 60,000 tests was being conducted in Delhi in the last two months.
“In the last two months, an average of 60,000 trials are being done. No state can do 3,000 tests per million in the country except Delhi. We will not stop here and increase it further. We will do all kinds of increments. RT Testing including PCR, ”he said.
He said 6,396 new COVID-19 cases were registered in Delhi on Tuesday, while the positivity rate was around 13 percent.
“On Tuesday, 6,396 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi, in which 50,000 tests were conducted. The positivity rate was around 13 percent. On Tuesday 99 people died and the death ratio is 1.58 percent. In Delhi, 9,200 beds were occupied. In Delhi, 9,200 beds are occupied and 7,600 are vacant,” Jain said.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has sent a proposal to the Centre, that if needed, markets flouting safety protocols and emerging as COVID-19 hotspots, be closed for a few days.