'Virus very unpredictable, don't be complacent': Arvind Kejriwal cautions people as daily COVID-19 cases drop in Delhi
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With Delhi reporting a drop in daily new coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the situation in the national capital has improved. He, however, cautioned people in the city-state and said that the "virus is unpredictable".
"'Light at the end of the tunnel' The situation is better than what it was last month. But please don’t be complacent. This virus is very unpredictable. Stay safe and follow all precautions. We should always be prepared for the worst," Arvind Kejriwal said on Twitter on Monday.
“Light at the end of the tunnel”
The situation is better than what it was last month. But please don’t be complacent. This virus is very unpredictable. Stay safe and follow all precautions. We should always be prepared for the worst. pic.twitter.com/HYrCH5TWl0
July 20, 2020
Arvind Kejriwal's statement comes amid the drop in number of daily coronavirus cases in Delhi. The national capital had emerged as coronavirus hotspot in the country. However, the situation seems to have improved over the last few days.
According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of active coronavirus cases in Delhi stands at 16,031 while the recovery rate is 83.99 per cent as over 1.03 lakh people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
Meanwhile, the highly contagious virus, caused by the SARS‑CoV‑2, has claimed the lives of more than 3,600 in the national capital so far. Delhi is currently the third worst affected state in India by the deadly pathogen.
Earlier, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish had raised an alarm after he said that that there will be 5.5 lakh expected coronavirus cases in the national capital 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, Home Minister Amit Shah dismissed Sisodia's claims, saying it created panic in the city-state, asking people not to worry.
"Around the second week of June, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that by July 31 there will be 5.50 lakh persons infected with the virus. He said that there will be no place left, no beds left and the situation will be difficult. This created a lot of fear in the minds of people in Delhi. His estimate was based on figures. I do not want to go into whether estimate was right or wrong. But a situation of fear arose and some people started mulling an exodus (out of Delhi)," Amit Shah told ANI in an interview.
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