The Delhi government believes that the threat of Covid-19 in Delhi is decreasing and that is why it has issued an order to reduce the number of beds from the banquet halls. Many banquet halls will be given back to the owners, which were earlier taken over by Delhi government for the treatment of corona patients.
Statistics, on the other hand, are showing a different picture that the risk of infection is increasing again in Delhi. Earlier, the infection rate of corona in Delhi had dropped from 30% to 5%, but it has now started increasing again since the last 10 days. The rate of infection has increased from 5% to more than 7%. Now more people are getting infected. However, the infection rate in Delhi is still much lower than the national average.
According to the Delhi Health department, the infection rate reached 30% in the first week of July, which fell to less than 6% in August. On 12August, a total of 1,113 tested positive out of 18,894 people, which means that the infection rate was 5.8%. Since then, this rate has been steadily increasing. On Thursday, total testing was 17,004 and 1215 were tested positive with infection rate 7.2%. Therefore, the rate has increased by about 2% in 10 days.
“Total 1,450 infection cases were reported.1250 people were recovered and 16 people have died. The infection rate was increasing like 5-10% 10-20, 20-30 etc. and there was a time when infection rate jumped up to 40%. And after that a drop was also witnessed and today it is less than 10%. The difference of 1% or 1.5% can come every day,” said Satyendar Jain, Delhi health minister.
The Delhi government, while issuing a formal order, has asked to immediately release all banquet halls which were taken over for the treatment of corona patients. The Delhi government has ordered all the government hospitals and district magistrates of Delhi to immediately remove the goods and stuff from these banquet halls. The Delhi government had taken over 77 banquet halls in the month of June, so that the arrangements could be made for setting up 11,229 beds for Corona patients. Out of all, eight banquet halls were linked with government hospitals in which 1,055 beds were arranged. This arrangement was done by the Delhi government at that point when corona cases were increasing rapidly in Delhi, but now this decision has been taken due to the situation being under control for a long time.