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Nearly 3,100 new Covid cases likely, but no need to panic, says Delhi CM Kejriwal

By Jasleen Kaur -- January 02, 2022 4:50 pm -- Updated:January 02, 2022 4:57 pm

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the national capital is expected to see 3,100 new Covid-19 cases during the day even as he urged people not to panic.

"Covid-19 cases in Delhi is increasing at a fast pace. But there is no need to panic. On December 29, 923 cases were reported. As many as 1,313 cases were detected on December 30, 1,796 cases on December 31 and 2,796 cases on January 1. Nearly 3,100 new cases are expected to be reported today (on Sunday). The active cases as of today stand at 6,360," Arvind Kejriwal said in his address to the media.

Comparing the present scenario with the second wave o Covid-19 last year, he said, "Today, there are about 6,300 active cases. There were about 6,600 cases on March 27. But then 1,150 oxygen beds were occupied, whereas today only 82 beds are occupied. Then 145 ventilators were being used, today only five are being used. Then there were about 10 deaths every day, today there is one or no death reported in a day."

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The Delhi Chief Minister urged the Delhiites not to panic as the present Covid-19 cases in the national capital was "very mild" in comparison to the Delta variant during the second wave during April-May 2021.

Arvind Kejriwal appealed to people to stay responsible and follow Covid-appropriate norms. "There is no need to panic. Keep following appropriate behaviour and be responsible. This Covid is very mild and the Delhi Government is ready and stands with you," the Chief Minister said.

"On December 29, 262 beds were occupied in New Delhi's hospital by the Covid patients. On January 1, 247 patients were admitted in total. It means the people who are getting infected with Covid, most of them are not having the need to be hospitalised. There are mild and asymptomatic cases," he added.

Presenting the statistics on the preparedness of the Delhi Government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said there were 37,000 oxygen beds available in the city out of which only 82 oxygen beds had been occupied.

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Further, talking about the trend in the number of rising Covid-19 cases in Delhi, Kejriwal said the cases might have increased three folds in the past three days, but the need for hospitalisation remained less.

-PTC News

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