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Experts say second wave of Covid-19 at peak in Delhi, says CM Kejriwal

This is the first time any state in the country claimed to have reached the second wave of the virus, which surfaced in Kerala in December. The total number of cases in Maharashtra, the epicenter of the disease, is 12,63,799 cases. Delhi stands at the fifth spot with 2,56,789 cases.

As of Wednesday, Delhi’s Covid-19 caseload is at 2,56,789, including 2,20,866 recoveries and 5,087 deaths, according to the figures published by the state health department.

Since the last week of August, there has been a resurgence of Covid-19 infection in the city. However, for the last four days, the number of daily cases has been below the 4,000 mark, indicating a drop in the spread.

The daily average test positivity rate for the infection too has dropped to 6.89 per cent in the seven days ending Wednesday, from 7.18 per cent recorded over the seven days before that.

“From July 1 to August 17, cases were in control. We noticed that cases increased and it reached 4,500 new Covid-19 cases on September 17 and are now coming down. So experts are believing that the second wave of coronavirus which had hit Delhi is now on peak and its intensity will be less in the coming days,” news agency ANI quoted the Delhi chief minister as saying.

He said the government was “keeping its fingers crossed” and hoped that the COVID-19 cases will “gradually” come down due to the steps taken by the AAP dispensation.

Delhi has been witnessing a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the last few days.

“All the experts believe that the second wave (of coronavirus), which had come in Delhi, appears to have hit its peak. Now, the cases will come down in the coming days,” Kejriwal told reporters.

Kejriwal also said that the daily testing of samples for Covid-19 has been increased in the national capital to 60,000 from the earlier 20,000 a day mark.

“The best way to defeat coronavirus is to conduct aggressive testing to identify and isolate positive cases,” the chief minister said.

A woman balances a load on her head as she crosses a street near India Gate in heavy smoggy conditions in New Delhi on December 6, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

“The coronavirus cases have increased in Delhi because testing was massively scaled up. The daily cases were around 4,500 on September 16 which have now started coming down and currently, there are around 3,700 cases (daily),” he said.

According to the CM, if the testing would have scaled down to the previous level of 20,000 tests (daily), the cases would also have come down to around 1,500 per day in the city.

The National Capital saw its first case of coronavirus in March. The numbers thereafter went on increasing. A drop was registered in July, when the number of cases logged everyday remained between 1,000 and 1,500.

In this period, several MLAs and ministers in Delhi – including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia — have contracted the disease. Mr Sisodia is currently in the government-run LNJP hospital, where he was taken yesterday after he complained of fever and a drop in oxygen level. 

India’s COVID-19 caseload has crossed the 57-lakh mark today, with 86,508 people testing positive in a day. The number of fatalities climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 people succumbing to the disease within 24 hours.

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