Dismissing the speculations, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said no lockdown will be imposed in the national capital, in the wake of the third wave of Covid-19 since it has already peaked out.
“There is no chance of a lockdown,” Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. “I can tell you today that the peak of Delhi’s third wave is gone,” he added.
There will be no reimposition of lockdown in Delhi. I don't think it will be an effective step now, wearing of masks by everyone will be more beneficial: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain pic.twitter.com/ucGZxb6UgN
— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2020
However, he asked people to be cautious and wear masks. “The lockdown was a learning exercise…What we learned was that the gains from a lockdown were the same as those from wearing masks.”
On Diwali, infections in the national capital dropped to almost half of the past week’s average of 7,000 daily cases as just 21,098 tests were conducted – a third of the usually 60,000 tests conducted per day in Delhi since its second wave in September.
“Yesterday, 3,235 cases were reported, 7,606 people recovered and 95 died. There is a lack of ICU beds. Yesterday, Chief Minister (Arvind Kejriwal) had a meeting with the Home Minister. The Chief Minister has again appealed to him to increase the ICU beds in central hospitals in Delhi. The Home Minister has assured to increase 750 beds,” he added.
The meeting was convened to devise a strategy to contain the spread of the virus in Delhi, especially in view of the festive season and decreasing temperatures accompanied by rising pollution.
The Health Minister further said that stern action will be taken against people who do not wear masks and do not follow social distancing norms in the national capital.
“Fine worth Rs 45 crore has been imposed on such defaulters in the past few days,” he added.
Delhi has reported 39,990 active COVID-19 cases, 4,37,801 recoveries, and 7,614 fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
On November 5, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the third wave of Covid-19 was sweeping through the city and the government was preparing for all contingencies.
According to a central government report, Delhi is likely to see an average of 15,000 cases a day in the winter – double the current caseload.