Mumbai: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that the city has seen an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the last few days and could be called a “third wave”.
Kejriwal said that people need not panic and the government is monitoring the situation regularly.
“There has been a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi. I think we can call it the third wave,” he told reporters.
The Chief Minister said, “We are constantly monitoring the situation and there is no need to panic. We will do whatever is necessary.”
He said that the priority of the government is to provide the best treatment and health facilities to the patients of COVID-19 in Delhi and keep the death rate as low as possible.
The Chief Minister said that there is no shortage of beds for coronavirus patients in the city.
“However, some large, private hospitals lack ICU beds. But we are trying to get things right,” he said.
Kejriwal said, “The Delhi government had increased their number (ICU beds in private hospitals), but unfortunately, the Delhi High Court stayed our decision. We are moving the Supreme Court today to urge it to vacate the stay.”
More than 6,700 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi for the first time on Tuesday, bringing the infection situation in the city to over 4 lakh, even as the positivity rate of 11.29 percent in the festive season and rising pollution in the city because of. The highest single-day spike ever recorded – 5,891 cases – was reported on Friday.
Out of 59,540 tests conducted on the previous day, 6,725 fresh cases were reported.
According to a bulletin issued by the Health Department of Delhi, the death toll in the national capital has increased to 6,652.