On why there were so many non-Delhiites in city hospitals, Kejriwal said at the press conference that in the last five years, Delhi government had improved healthcare services, attracting people from outside needing good treatment. “It is a matter of pride for us,” Kejriwal said, adding that there were enough Covid beds available. “We have also made other preparations in case the number of beds falls short,” he said.
The CM said that he had consulted experts on the surge in cases in recent days. “Some say, this is a second wave and others said it wasn’t,” Kejriwal said. “I have reviewed everything and say there is no need to worry. The situation is under control. Only, we shouldn’t be complacent.” Kejriwal pointed out that on June 27, when Delhi had reported 2,900 new cases, 66 people had died. On Friday, the city logged 2,914 cases, but only 13 deaths.
Claiming that Delhi government’s interventions had curbed Covid deaths, Kejriwal, without directly naming the Centre, said there had been opposition to plans to double the number of tests, but everyone had finally been made to agree to it. “If I reduce the tests to 20,000 per day again, the number of new cases reduces from 2,900 to 1,500. But if we carry out more tests, we will be able to identify more people. If possible, I would want every citizen in Delhi to get tested,” Kejriwal declared.
The CM said daily death rate in the city is not only the lowest in the country, but also across the world. Delhi’s fatality rate was 1.4% against 1.7% nationally. Explaining that the state government took several steps to bring down the toll, Kejriwal said, “Separate teams of doctors and experts inspected every Covid hospital in Delhi. We conducted audits at the hospitals to determine why a particular hospital was reporting increased deaths.”
He admitted that people were getting infected, but were also recovering swiftly. “Against the national recovery rate of 77%, around 87% patients have recovered in Delhi,” the chief minister said.
Delhi government is setting up testing camps in weekly markets, bus stands and mohalla clinics. “There was huge opposition to our home isolation model, but now the whole world is adopting it. There was opposition to our plans to double the number of daily tests. We explained things to all those who were opposing us, and now there is no resistance,” Kejriwal said.
Reiterating a resolve against any complacency, Kejriwal said, “In the last few days, I have been witnessing people in Delhi becoming complacent. They do not wear masks when going out of their homes and they do not maintain social distancing in public places. This is not right. We have to go to work, earn a living, run the economy and look after our families, but we should not be careless about the coronavirus. We must wear masks and ensure physical distancing whenever we have to leave our homes.”