Delhi Covid-19 cases likely to rise over increased testing: Satyendra Jain

Topics Delhi | Satyendra Jain | Coronavirus

A health worker in PPE collects a nasal sample from a girl at a local health centre to conduct tests for Covid-19, amid the spread of the disease, at the Darya ganj area in New Delhi on Monday

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said that COVID-19 cases are likely rise in Delhi as testing in the national capital has been increased four times.

The health minister added that the number of coronavirus cases is likely to rise for around 10 to 15 days as a result of increased testing.

"We have increased #COVID19 testing four times due to which numbers are likely to rise in Delhi, for 10-15 days. This will help in isolating the positive cases and have a positive impact on the national capital," he said.

Jain said that current bed availability in Delhi is 14,521 out of which 50 percent beds are occupied. He added that some big private hospitals in Delhi have been asked to reserve 80 percent of their ICU beds.

"Delhi reported 4,473 new #COVID19 cases yesterday. Total tests conducted were 62,553 while the positivity rate was 7.15 yesterday. The death rate is 0.7 percent from the last 10 days. The bed availability here is 14,521 out of which 50 percent are occupied. We are also increasing ICU beds. Last week, we had given orders to some big private hospitals to reserve 80 percent of their ICU beds," he added.

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