New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday dismissed the reports that the lockdown will be extended in the city-state. 

"No, the lockdown will not be extended," news agency ANI quoted Jain as saying.

The statements for the Delhi Health Minister comes at a time when the number of cases of the highly contagious coronavirus are increasing at an alarming rate. Delhi has been the third worst-hit state in India by the novel infection and has reported more than 34,000 coronavirus cases and over 1,000 fatalities.

According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are nearly 21,000 active COVID-19 cases in the national capital. Meanwhile, the recovery rate in Delhi stands at 36.70 per cent as 12,731 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

While speaking to ANI, the Delhi Health Minister also slammed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for its claim that 2,098 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in the national capital, saying that "all details must be provided". 

"Why don’t they send those details to us? Names, age and reports... all details are needed. Ask them for a list of these numbers along with the (COVID19) positive reports of those people," Jain said, as quoted by ANI.

The MCD on Thursday had said that there have been 2,098 deaths due to COVID-19 in all the three municipal corporations of the city-state for which funerals have been held. As per MCD's figures, 1,080 deaths have been reported in SDMC division, 976 in NDMC and 42 in EDMC.  

"From March till 10th June, in all 3 Municipal Corporations of Delhi, there have been around 2098 COVID-19 death cases for which funerals have been held," ANI quoted Jai Prakash, Chairperson of Standing Committee, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, as saying.  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma