Situation appears to be improving, but there is no room for complacency: Kejriwal
New Delhi, Jul 1 : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the situation in the National Capital has improved in the last few days, but there is no room for complacency.
Addressing a digital press briefing, Mr Kejriwal said, “Around one month back, when the lockdown was lifted in Delhi, there was a sudden surge in the number of Corona cases. We had anticipated the rise in the number of cases, but there was an unexpected increase. During that time, the website created by the national experts for the central government used to give us the future projections of the number of Corona cases in the country after a month or after two months.”
“According to that, our projections showed that by June 30, there would be around 1 lakh cases in Delhi, out of which 60,000 would be active cases and around 15,000 beds will be needed in the hospitals,” he said.
Mr Kejriwal said that despite all challenges, his government did not give up.
“We worked twice as hard and sought help from whoever we could at that time. We put it in front of the people that the situation might get serious in the coming days and then I sought help from everyone. I held a meeting with all the government and private hospitals, improved the government hospitals, met all the hotels, and won the court battle against them. We met all the banquet halls owners, along with many civil society organizations and NGOs, religious organizations, and the Central government. We pleaded in front of all those who denied help at first,” he said.
“I am happy today that in the last one month, through the hard work and efforts of the two crore people of Delhi and all agencies, the situation that we gauged regarding what the number of cases would be on 30th June, we will compare that to today, ie, July 1,” he said.
Mr Kejriwal said that the prediction was of around one lakh cases and 60,000 active cases till June 30. Today, there are only 26,000 active cases in Delhi which are one-third of the predicted cases.
Mr Kejriwal credited the improvement to the hard work of the people of Delhi and the nurses and doctors.
“It was also predicted that Delhi would require 15,000 beds because there was a considerable rise in Corona cases every day. During that time, 250 new patients were added every day, which created a scare in the system that 250 beds will have to be increased on a daily basis. Today, I have seen on the app, there are 5800 Corona patients in all the hospitals in Delhi. One week back, there were 6250 patients in the hospitals, which means 450 patients have decreased in the hospitals,” the CM said.