Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday said that they are seeking to encourage people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. For that the Delhi government has made a provision whereby healthcare workers will have an option to get vaccine shots at a registered centre ahead of their scheduled day for vaccination.
Interacting with reporters, he also said that all efforts will be made to ensure minimal wastage of vaccines.
“We have reached a milestone of one crore Covid tests, meaning nearly half of Delhi’s population we have tested so far. The cases are coming low now, it was 228 yesterday with a positivity rate of 0.36 per cent. So, we can say the pandemic situation is under control,” Jain said.
When asked if Delhi will eventually see zero cases of Covid-19, he said that swine flu subsided but cases still get reported, so the pandemic will go away but it is very difficult to say that no cases will be recorded after that.
About the low turnout of healthcare workers for vaccination drive, the minister said they are being encouraged and they are coming forward now.
“In fact, we have made a provision, whereby a healthcare worker will have an option to get a vaccine shot at a registered centre ahead of scheduled day for vaccination. So, if it is scheduled for 15 days later, his or her name can be found from the database so that the jab can be given earlier,” Jain said.
According to data shared by officials showed over 4,900 healthcare workers had received Covid-19 vaccine shots in Delhi on January 19, that is the third scheduled day of the immunisation exercise here, a marked increase in figures reported on the previous day.
However, On Tuesday only 48 per cent of the targeted figures of 10,125 persons were vaccinated, as per the records.
The numbers on Saturday and Monday were 4,319 and 3,598 respectively. Thursday is the fourth scheduled day of vaccination in Delhi.
The low number of active cases was also “satisfactory”, said Jain.
Asked about the number of new coronavirus strain cases in Delhi, he said, “Seventy were admitted at the LNJP Hospital, and all were mild cases”.
Till January 9, only seven such patients were left at the hospital. Nearly all of them have been discharged according to the sources.
In Delhi to diagnose the number of tests conducted Covid-19 crossed the one crore-mark therefore the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hailed the milestone as a “new record” for the city.
Delhi sets a new record!
We have conducted over 1 crore Corona tests to date, equivalent to 50% of Delhi’s population. With a focus on increased testing & treatment, Delhi has successfully contained the scale & spread of Corona infection. pic.twitter.com/QtGoYU7IYu
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 20, 2021
In a tweet, he had also asserted that the national capital has “successfully contained the scale and spread” of the infection.
Delhi recorded 228 fresh Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths on Wednesday, taking the infection tall in the city to 6,33,049, even as the positivity rate stood at 0.36 per cent.
The death toll raised to 10,774 with 10 new fatalities, authorities had said on Wednesday.
According to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department, the number of tests conducted per million, as on Tuesday, was over 5.29 lakh while the total number of tests stood at 1,00,59,193.
On Monday, the city had recorded 161 cases, the lowest in nearly nine months with a positivity rate of 0.32 per cent. On Tuesday, 231 cases were reported.