New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With a spike of 3,137 new cases in last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus in Delhi crossed the 50,000-mark, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare while adding that 66 fatalities were reported during the same period, taking the city’s fatality rate to 3.8 per cent.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the national capital has reported 53,116 cases of the highly contagious coronavirus and 2,035 deaths due to the virus. With this, Delhi has also become the second city in India after Mumbai to report more than 50,000 cases of the novel coronavirus.

The number of active coronavirus cases in Delhi currently stands at 27,512 while the recovery rate in the city is at 44.37 per cent as 23,569 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals, said the Health Ministry.

The number of coronavirus cases in the national capital have been growing at an alarming rate. The spike in the number of coronavirus cases comes just days’ after a five-member panel set up by the state government in early June said that there would be 50,000 cases by mid-June. The committee had also said that the national capital will have over one lakh coronavirus cases by the end of the month, adding that Delhi will need at least 15,000 beds to treat the patients.

Looking at the alarming situation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also held a series of meetings to discuss the coronavirus crisis in Delhi and announced a slew of measures like doubling of testing in the national capital. He also held a meeting of all political parties of Delhi on Monday to review the COVID-19 management situation in the national capital.

The COVID-19 tests will be started at every polling station in containment zones and a comprehensive house-to-house health survey will be conducted in the hotspots for contact tracing, he said.

He also said a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of V K Paul, Member NITI Aayog, to ensure the availability of 60 per cent beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of coronavirus testing and treatment, according to a home ministry statement.

Shah added that a joint team of doctors of the union health ministry, Delhi government's health department, AIIMS and the three Municipal Corporation of Delhi will visit all COVID-designated hospitals in the capital and prepare a report after inspecting the health systems and preparedness.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma