Delhi’s covid cases aren’t low enough to ease curbs: Health minister

Despite a steady drop in daily cases in the national capital, the Covid-19 positivity rate in Delhi is too high for restrictions such as weekend curfews to be eased, health minister Satyendra Jain said on Wednesday. According to the health minister, the positivity rate has decreased from 30% to 22.5 percent, and the total number of cases in Delhi has decreased as well. Despite the low positivity rate, “the Covid restrictions cannot be relaxed yet.” he said.

This comes days after the health minister said that the Delhi government will consider easing restrictions once the daily case count starts dropping below 15,000. On Tuesday, the city logged 11,684 cases and 38 deaths due to the viral disease.

Tuesday’s cases were 6.72 per cent lower than those of Monday’s. The national capital had reported 12,527 new Covid cases and 24 deaths on Monday, and the positivity rate was 27.99 per cent.

Speaking further on the city’s Covid-19 situation, Jain estimated around 13,000 Covid cases in Delhi on Wednesday. While the positivity rate is likely to come down to 24 per cent, he also informed.

Speaking on the hospitalisation amid the surge, Jain informed, “There is not much occupancy in hospitals and beds are also vacant.” The Delhi government has also ramped up daily testing, he also said.

On Thursday, the national capital had reported 28,867 Covid cases, the sharpest single-day spike here since the outbreak of the pandemic. Delhi’s previous biggest daily jump of 28,395 coronavirus cases was recorded on April 20 last year.

The cases have reduced in the last five days with the Delhi health minister on Monday attributing the decline to the weekend curfew.

The case tally has climbed to 17,34,181 in Delhi, while the death toll due to Covid has gone up to 25,425. The number of active cases in the city stands at 78,112.