Down­ward trend in corona cases in city, claims Ke­jri­wal

2,520 new cases, 59 deaths take tally to over 94,000

The Asian Age - - City - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Fri­day said that there is a down­ward trend in coro­n­avirus cases in the na­tional cap­i­tal but it does not mean that the gov­ern­ment will not do any­thing to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion. The Delhi BJP, mean­while, launched a helpline for in­for­ma­tion re­lated to coro­n­avirus.

As many as 2,520 new cases and 59 deaths were re­ported in the city in last 24 hours. Of the to­tal 94,695 cases in Delhi, 26,148 are ac­tive and 65,624 pa­tients have re­cov­ered. The virus­re­lated toll has gone up to 2,923. The num­ber of pa­tients in home iso­la­tion are 15,878. A to­tal of 5,72,530 tests have been con­ducted. The re­cov­ery rate in Delhi has reached 66 per cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age. Af­ter meet­ing fam­ily mem­bers of Dr Assem Gupta, Mr Ke­jri­wal said that con­sid­er­ing the sit­u­a­tion of Delhi a month back and the sud­den surge in the num­ber of corona cases af­ter the lock­down was lifted, the pro­jec­tions were that Delhi will have 60,000 ac­tive corona cases. “But there are only 25,000 ac­tive cases in Delhi so far. This is the re­sult of the sus­tain­able ef­forts of all the two crore peo­ple of Delhi, gov­ern­ments, and the so­ci­ety.” Mr Ke­jri­wal fur­ther said: “There is a down­ward trend in Delhi, but it does not mean that we will not do any­thing to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion. We have to be pre­pared for all sit­u­a­tions, and we are do­ing that. I pray to God that this down­ward trend continues. I pray that the vaccine for corona is dis­cov­ered as soon as pos­si­ble so that the whole world can be free from the virus.”

Launch­ing the helpline, Delhi BJP pres­i­dent Adesh Gupta said peo­ple can con­sult doc­tors on the helpline be­tween 10 am to 7 pm with­out any charges. A team of five doc­tors will be avail­able at the Delhi BJP of­fice to pro­vide med­i­cal help to call­ers.

Delhi BJP doc­tors cell in­charge Dr Viren­dra Ro­hilla, co-con­venor Dr Anil Goel and other mem­bers were present at the launch of the helpline. Mr Gupta said peo­ple can con­sult the doc­tors about Covid-19 test, ad­mis­sion in hos­pi­tal, food to be taken in home quar­an­tine, need for plasma trans­fu­sion and other queries re­lated to the dis­ease. The Delhi BJP helpline num­bers are — 303221617, 7303414917, 9958837228 and9717247­796.

◗ AS MANY as 2,520 new cases and 59 deaths were re­ported in the city in last 24 hours. Of the to­tal 94,695 cases in Delhi, 26,148 are ac­tive and 65,624 pa­tients have re­cov­ered

BUNNY SMITH

In­dian Youth Congress work­ers stage a protest against the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment over pri­vati­sa­tion of In­dian Rail­ways in New Delhi on Fri­day. —

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