Statement of Hon’ble Health Minister of Delhi Mr Satyendar Jain


There are 5532 positive COVID-19 cases in Delhi and 12 patients are currently under ventilators. Yesterday 428 cases were reported from Delhi. In Delhi, the situation is under control and the doubling rate of coronavirus cases in the city is currently at 11 days. We have to be very careful as we may have to live with the Coronavirus for a certain period as it may stay for a longer period of time. We have to follow all rules, use masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Delhi government is monitoring the situation 24×7 to ensure that the virus does not spread further. Compare to western countries the situation in India is much better. In Delhi right now we have 3925 active cases and only 84 patients are in ICU. We should not look into the cases in terms of absolute numbers but we should calculate the rate of growth with respect to the base value. Rate of growth of COVID-19 cases in Delhi was around 8% yesterday, earlier the rate was 20% then 15% and then it became 12%. 
Till May 3rd, there was a lockdown and no movement of people was allowed. But now the Center has permitted to send back the stranded people. For the people of Tablighi Jamat whoever has recovered and spent the designated time in quarantine can go to their respective states following the guidelines. If any police investigation is going on against anyone then the police will take care of such issues. 
The liquor shops have been opened as per rules and the situation will be under control in 2 to 3 days. 
We are in constant touch with all the states regarding sending the migrant labourers and stranded people to their respective states and certain states have also taken a number of steps to bring back their labourers. We have shared the list of people with respective states and today a train with stranded people will leave for Madhya Pradesh.
The Delhi government is working proactively in the distribution of ration across the city from the very first day and ensuring that all the beneficiaries get their ration.