New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday dismissed the reports of community transmission in the national capital despite the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

He, however, stressed that the national capital will need around 80,000 beds while adding that there will be 5.5 lakh expected coronavirus cases in Delhi by the end of July. 

"By 15 June, there'll be 44,000 cases and 6,600 beds will be needed. By 30 June we'll reach 1 lakh cases and 15,000 beds will be required. By 15 July there'll be 2.25 lakh cases and 33,000 beds will be needed. By 31 July, 5.5 lakh cases expected and 80,000 beds will be needed," news agency ANI quoted Sisodia as saying.

However, contrary to Sisodia's statement, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain earlier in the day said that "the source of infection for more than 50 per cent cases in the national capital remains untraceable".

"The AIIMS director has spoken about community spread but the central government is not accepting it," he said.

Sisodia's statement comes at a time when there has been an alarming surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, especially in Delhi. The national capital is the third worst-hit place in India.

According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the highly contagious coronavirus has infected nearly 30,000 and claimed the lives of over 870 people in the national capital so far.

As per the Health Ministry data, there are 17,712 active coronavirus cases while 11,357 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals in Delhi so far. 

Sisodia also spoke about the Lieutenant Governor's decision to overrule Delhi government's order to reserve state-run and private hospitals for Delhiites, saying that Anil Baijal has refused to reconsider his decision. 

Delhi Lieutenant Governor and Chairman DDMA Anil Baijal had on Monday overruled the state government's decision to reserve state-run and private hospitals for Delhiites, directing the authorities to ensure that medical treatment is not denied to any patient on the grounds of not being a resident of Delhi.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma