Satyendar Jain says third wave of COVID-19 in Delhi worst so far, claims cases to come down soon
Jain attributed the increase in cases to 'aggressive testing and contact tracing', but added that laxity has been a major reason behind the present spike
New Delhi: Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said the National Capital has hit the peak of the third wave of COVID-19 and the number of cases suggests it has been the worst so far.
The government has increased the number of beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi, but there is no plan to rope in hotels and banquet halls, the minister said.
"The third wave of COVID-19 is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst wave so far. But the cases will come down soon," Jain said. The minister attributed the increase in the number of cases to aggressive testing and contact-tracing.
He, however, said laxity on the part of the people has been a major reason behind the spike in new cases.
"Some people think nothing will happen to them if they don't wear a mask. They are wrong. Mask is the only medicine for COVID-19 till a vaccine is developed," Jain added.
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Meanwhile, the Karnataka government announced that a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report will be mandatory for all teachers, students, and non-teaching staff part in degree, medical and engineering colleges
Third wave of COVID-19 has crossed its peak in Delhi, no plans to reimpose lockdown, says Satyendar Jain
Jain's remarks come a day after the Centre announced a slew of steps, including making available 300 additional ICU beds and doubling the number of daily RT-PCR tests
The Delhi chief minister added that air pollution is the "biggest" reason behind the spike in COVID-19 cases in the city and said that the situation had been under control till 20 October