After a week that saw the number of new coronavirus cases grow by less than one per cent, Delhi today reported 15 COVID-19 deaths - the fewest due to coronavirus since June 9. The city also reported less than 1,000 fresh cases of coronavirus.
Buoyed by how the national capital has been faring in its fight against the coronavirus, which according to a survey has affected about a fifth of its population, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to not become complacent and "keep working hard to ensure that the downward trend continues".
Deaths in Delhi come down to 15. Less than 1000 cases. Lets all keep working hard to ensure that the downward trend continues pic.twitter.com/S1gY4wIg9G— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 2, 2020
Indicating that the city had the infrastructure to take care of coronavirus patients, he also shared that the total number of beds available, which is almost five times the number of beds occupied.
In June, Delhi had become the state with second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country after Maharashtra. With a recovery rate of more than 89 per cent, it is now at number four in terms of total cases - 1.37 lakh with 4,034 deaths - and does not even feature in the list of states with highest daily tallies.
"Around 2-3 per cent people have lost their lives due to COVID. The most important thing is that the deaths due to coronavirus have seen a drastic decline in the last few days," the Aam Aadmi Party chief had said earlier.
Appreciating people for their hard work in helping contain the spread of the virus in Delhi, Chief Minister Kejriwal had earlier appealed people to continue taking precautions like wearing masks, saying nobody knows when the virus may strike again.
The Delhi government has been asserting that a multi-pronged strategy of aggressive testing, home isolation and other factors had helped keep the cases from surging, as it was happening in June.
The state government has also started monthly sero survey to gauge the spread of the highly infectious virus so it can formulate better policies to aid Delhi's fight against the coronavirus, which has infected 17.5 lakh people across the country.
Since May 28, Delhi has been recording more than 1,000 fresh cases every day. However, the number is being seen as a marked improvement after the daily case count in June averaged around 2,000. On June 23, Delhi had recorded the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases so far.
With inputs from PTI