Situation appears to be improving, but there is no room for complacency: CM Arvind Kejriwal

  • COVID-19 situation in Delhi is not as ‘terrible’ as predicted, more people are recovering now: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • A month ago, 38% patients had recovered, now recovery rate is at 66%: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We have now arranged for 15000 beds in Delhi; the testing rate has also increased and fewer people are testing positive: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Improvement in the situation is the result of the sustainable efforts of everyone: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the situation in the national capital has improved in the last few days, but there is no room for complacency. The CM also said that the situation is not as terrible as it seemed like a month ago. However, people should keep taking precautions as the nature of the COVID virus is unpredictable. He also said that it is the result of the sustainable efforts of all the agencies and stakeholders such as the doctors, nurses, agencies, and the people, that there are only 26,000 active cases in Delhi as against the earlier prediction of 60,000 cases by June 30.

Addressing a digital press briefing, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Around one month back, when the lockdown was lifted in Delhi, there was a sudden surge in the number of Corona cases in Delhi. We had anticipated the rise in the number of cases, but there was an unexpected increase. During that time, the website created by the national experts for the central government used to give us the future projections of the number of Corona cases in the country after a month or after two months. According to that, our projections showed that by 30th June, there would be around 1 lakh cases in Delhi, out of which 60,000 would be active cases and around 15,000 beds will be needed in the hospitals.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that despite all challenges, his government did not give up. “We worked twice as hard and sought help from whoever we could at that time. We put it in front of the people that the situation might get serious in the coming days and then I sought help from everyone. I held a meeting with all the government and private hospitals, improved the government hospitals, met all the hotels, and won the court battle against them. We met all the banquet halls owners, along with many civil society organizations and NGOs, religious organizations, and the Central government. We pleaded in front of all those who denied help at first.”

“I am happy today that in the last one month, through the hard work and efforts of the 2 crore people of Delhi and all agencies, the situation that we gauged regarding what the number of cases would be on 30th June, we will compare that to today, i.e., July 1,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the prediction was of around 1 lakh cases and 60,000 active cases till June 30. Today, there are only 26,000 active cases in Delhi which are one-third of the predicted cases. CM Kejriwal credited the improvement to the hard work of the people of Delhi and the nurses and doctors. He said, “It was also predicted that Delhi would require 15,000 beds because there was a considerable rise in Corona cases every day. During that time, 250 new patients were added every day, which created a scare in the system that 250 beds will have to be increased on a daily basis. Today, I have seen on the app, there are 5800 Corona patients in all the hospitals in Delhi. One week back, there were 6250 patients in the hospitals, which means 450 patients have decreased in the hospitals.”

CM Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has arranged for 15000 beds in Delhi, and 5800 patients are admitted to the hospitals in Delhi as against that. The number of patients is decreasing on a daily basis and the number of patients recovering from Corona is constantly increasing. “One month back, around 38% of patients had recovered, and today 66% of patients have recovered. Out of 87000 total Corona patients, 58000 patients have recovered. There were 8500 beds in the hospitals one month back, we have arranged for 15000 beds in the hospitals and hotels in the city. On 23rd June, there were 3950 cases in Delhi, and yesterday there were 2200 new cases, which means that the daily number of new cases is also decreasing and it has been around 2000 only for the last 3-4 days,” said CM Kejriwal.

In Delhi, the death rate due to COVID has also decreased. There were around 125 deaths in Delhi once due to Corona, which has now decreased to around 60-65.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “We have increased testing in Delhi. Initially, on testing 100 people, around 31 were found to be Corona positive, and today only 13 out of 100 people are found to be Corona positive. These things show that the situation is under control, and is not as terrible as it was one month back. This is the result of the hard work of the people of Delhi, but we have to remain cautious. The nature of this virus is unpredictable, nobody knows what it may bring tomorrow. It may be possible that the cases increase in the coming days. So, the Delhi govt will continue its efforts to deal with Corona and there will be no lack of effort on our end. We will work twice as hard to be able to fight if the number of cases increases in the coming days.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal also advised the people against believing what activists or experts were saying on social media. “I was also reading on social media. There are experts commenting that Delhi’s peak has come and gone. I would like to say that these comments should be avoided for now. We must continue social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing our hands,” said the CM.

“It has taken us a lot of hard work to get to the stage where we are today, we must not do anything to make things worse. Our teamwork must be intact. We must hope for the best but continue to be prepared for the worst,” he added.