Minister Satyendar Jain said today that restrictions will be lifted if the cases of coronavirus in Delhi come down in the next two to three days.
Delhi is likely to report around 25,000 cases in the last 24 hours, the minister said, adding that the positivity rate cannot determine whether the cases have peaked or not.
The positivity rate in the city has crossed 25 per cent and is at a seven-month high.
But Mr Jain said that the cases of coronavirus in Delhi have stabilized and the infection is likely to subside soon. “The hospitalization rate has stabilized and the cases have come down. Still many beds are vacant,” he told reporters.
He said that the decline in cases in Mumbai has started. “We will soon see the same trend in Delhi as well,” he said.
On Tuesday, private offices in Delhi were ordered to be closed and employees to work from home. Offices connected with essential services are the exception to the rule. Restaurants and bars have also been closed in the city; Only takeaway is allowed. Night curfew has been in place for the last one month.
In the last few days, 20,000 to 22,000 cases have been reported in Delhi.
Delhi recorded 23 deaths on Tuesday. It has already reported 93 deaths in the new year, compared to 54 in the previous five months.
“People with comorbidities are facing more problems, many people are not coming to the hospital for treatment of coronavirus,” Mr Jain explained.
Yesterday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the pace of virus spread has slowed down in Delhi.
“Covid cases are increasing rapidly across the country. Delhi is also witnessing an increase, but we have seen that the pace of spread of the virus has slowed down. I hope this trend will continue and the spread of Kovid is decreasing. Will be,” said Mr. Kejriwal said.