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Business News/ News / India/  Coronavirus cases in Delhi may jump to 5.5 lakh by July end, warns state govt
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Coronavirus cases in Delhi may jump to 5.5 lakh by July end, warns state govt

Following the trend, the coronavirus cases will reach the grim milestone of 1 lakh by June end, said Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia
  • Delhi deputy chief minister also confirmed that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 infection in the state
  • Delhi's COVID-19 count likely to reach 44,000 by the middle of this month, said Sisodia (PTI)Premium
    Delhi's COVID-19 count likely to reach 44,000 by the middle of this month, said Sisodia (PTI)

    The coronavirus cases in Delhi is likely reach 5.5 lakh by the end of July, warned state deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia today. The coronavirus cases in Delhi has been on a steep rise for the last few days. The total number of coronavirus patients in the national capital has inched towards 30,000-mark today.

    Following the trend, the coronavirus count in the state will touch the grim milestone of 1 lakh by June end, said Sisodia. To tackle the situation the Delhi government will need at least 15,000 beds, he added.

    Delhi's COVID-19 count likely to reach 44,000 by the middle of this month, Sisodia told. The doubling rate of coronavirus infection in the national capital is 12-13 days, added Delhi deputy chief minister.

    The statement came after Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal striked down Kejriwal government's controversial order to reserve state-government and private hospitals for the COVID-19 treatment of residents of Delhi. Baijal ordered that authorities must ensure that treatment is not denied to any patient on grounds of not being a resident of Delhi.

    "This is the reason the Delhi cabinet had decided to reserve the beds only for the city residents but it was overturned by the LG. Now, who will take the responsibility if the cases keep on increasing and the beds are full?" he asked.

    Delhi deputy chief minister also confirmed that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 infection in the state, according to the central government officials. "Officers of central government were present at the meeting and they said that there is no community spread in Delhi as of now so it need not be discussed," Sisodia told reporters after meeting Delhi disaster management authorities.

    Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has developed a mild fever and a sore throat. He has undergone a coronavirus test today. The reports are expected by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. Kejriwal had chaired a cabinet meet on Sunday, which was attended by Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Satyendar Jain among others. After Kejriwal fell sick, he cancelled all his programs and did not meet anyone.

    "LG's order has created a huge problem and challenge for the people of Delhi. Providing treatment for people coming from all over the country during Coronavirus pandemic is a big challenge. We will try to provide treatment to all," Kejriwal tweeted on Monday.

    Delhi Lieutenant Governor has also called an all-party meet today to discuss coronavirus situation in the state. The total number of coronavirus patients in India increased to 266,598 today. The deadly virus claimed 7,466 lives in the country.

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    Published: 09 Jun 2020, 01:38 PM IST
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