Arvind Kejriwal says 'small rise' in COVID-19 cases in Delhi since 17 Aug, testing to be doubled

The Delhi chief minister asserted that no death of COVID-19 patients, who are under home isolation, have been reported since 14 July

Press Trust of India August 26, 2020 14:47:47 IST
Arvind Kejriwal says 'small rise' in COVID-19 cases in Delhi since 17 Aug, testing to be doubled

New Delhi: COVID-19 testing in Delhi will be doubled to 40,000 per day within a week as there has been a marginal increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said that at present, 20,000 tests are being conducted per day in the city.

Earlier in the day, he had called a high-level meeting to discuss the rising number of coronavirus cases in Delhi.

The chief minister said that the government has issued directions for stringent enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines, adding that everyone should wear face mask and maintain social distancing at public places.

He said that after 17 August, there has been a marginal increase in COVID-19 cases in the National Capital.

In the past 24 hours, 1,693 new COVD-19 cases have been reported in Delhi, he said, adding that the government has a total of 14,130 COVID beds and of those, 10,448 are vacant.

"Only 3,700 COVID beds have so far been occupied by coronavirus patients and of these, 2,900 are occupied by Delhiites and 800 by those from other states," Kejriwal said.

He asserted that no death of any COVID-19 patients, who are under home isolation, have been reported in Delhi since 14 July.

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