Statement by Hon’ble Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain

15th June 2020

Addressing a press briefing on Monday, Shri Satyendar Jain said, “There were a total of 41182 COVID cases in Delhi till yesterday, out of which 2224 new cases came up yesterday, and 24032 cases are active. There have been 1327 deaths until now and around 5800 people have been admitted to the hospital.”

To discuss the situation of rising Coronavirus cases in the city, a meeting was held on Sunday, between Home Minister Amit Shah, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Briefing the media on the developments of the meeting, Shri Satyendar Jain said, “The meeting held between the Union and the State government was very fruitful and the outcome was that both the governments will work in full cooperation with each other to fight against Corona.”

“The central government is extending to us the facilities of the testing labs that are under its jurisdiction. Delhi has been the only state to conduct maximum tests across the country, and it will continue to do so in the future with the support of the central government,” he added.

Shri Satyendar Jain said, “The decision to install 10-49 COVID beds in the nursing homes was taken by the Delhi government keeping in view that these beds might be required for COVID treatment. However, the season of other ailments like Dengue and Malaria is also approaching, and so this decision was revoked so that these nursing homes can be preserved for those treatments.”

On the preparations being done for the monsoon season, Shri Satyendar Jain said, “Cementing and other necessary works are being done on war-footing. We are making all necessary preparations in the wake of the upcoming monsoon season.”

On the decision to acquire properties for installation of more beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients, Shri Satyendar Jain said that trains, banquet halls, and other properties will be used as the extensions of the hospitals for the treatment of less serious patients, and more serious patients will be treated in the hospitals. “We have around 45% of beds available even today. More than the cases, the real question is how many beds do we need for the treatment of the patients. We are making all the necessary arrangements as per the planning,” he added.

On the question of whether there is a community spread in Delhi, Shri Satyendar Jain said, “We should not go in addressing the technical term of ‘community spread’. There is a Coronavirus outbreak in Delhi, and this novel virus spreads in big cities where there are close community areas. We are taking strong action against this outbreak, and that is how we are able to treat the people infected with the virus. As I said, such a virus has been observed after 100 years, and it has been spreading rapidly across the world. This has been the most infectious disease of all the diseases until now.”

Shri Satyendar Jain added that imposing a penalty on people not wearing masks or following social distancing was absolutely necessary. He said, “Some people think it was not required, and they think they can spit anywhere, but they will only learn if a penalty is imposed on them.”