Delhi past peak of second coronavirus wave, situation controlled to large extend, says Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi past peak of second coronavirus wave, situation controlled to large extend, says Arvind Kejriwal
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The Delhi government exponentially increased the tests to detect the infection and 10,000 beds are now unoccupied in hospitals, the chief minister claimed

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the National Capital is past the peak of the second wave of coronavirus and the situation has been controlled to a large extent.

Kejriwal said the Delhi government increased the testing exponentially to detect the infection. “Delhi hit the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 on 17 September when 4,500 cases were reported across the city. The situation has been controlled to a large extent,” he said.

“I hope the second wave will slowly pass,” Kejriwal said.

Testing in Delhi hit the 60,000 a day mark in September compared to 20,000 tests per day in August.

The chief minister also said that 10,000 beds are now unoccupied in hospitals. At one point, 7,200 beds were occupied.

According to Delhi government data, 1,947 new cases on Monday increased the cumulative count to 2,92,560 cases, while 32 fatalities took the number of deaths to 5,542.

Forty-eight deaths were reported on 29 September, the highest in a day since 16 July, when the city reported 58 deaths. On Monday, the case positivity rate was 5.47 percent, while the cumulative positivity rate was 8.82 percent.

The average death rate for the last 10 days stands at 1.41 percent.

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