There has been a “marginal increase” in coronavirus cases in Delhi over the past few days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday afternoon, adding that testing rates in the national capital would be doubled as a precautionary measure.
Insisting that his government’s primary strategy to contain the Covid outbreak – to test and isolate – had not changed, the Chief Minister also declared that the Covid situation in the city – once the worst-affected in the country – is “fully under control”.
Mr Kejriwal pointed out that the recovery rate in the city was over 90 per cent; the national average is around 76 per cent, government data showed this morning.
“I urge people to keep getting themselves tested. People think they don’t have major symptoms so no need to test… please do not do that. Please get tested. If you have Covid, get isolated at home till you’re cured. So, please keep getting tested,” Mr Kejriwal said in his video address.
Delhi recorded 1,544 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday – its highest single-day spike in August – to take the total number of cases in the city past 1.64 lakh. The number of deaths linked to the virus have risen to 4,330, authorities have said.