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COVID-19: ‘No need to worry’, Arvind Kejriwal claims Delhi all prepared to face any eventuality

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo Credit: Screengrab)

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that XBB.1.16 variant behind 48 per cent of total Covid cases in Delhi


  • Delhi’s daily positivity rate recorded at over 12 per cent on Thursday.
  • Enough beds, ambulances, sufficient oxygen are available in the capital said CM.
  • Only 3 COVID-19 deaths have been reported over last 4-5 days.

Amid the rising COVID-19 concern in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting to review the situation. During the meeting, CM reassures that there is no need to panic. He said that the capital is all prepared and there is nothing to worry.

As the case tally increases, the government has revoked isolation wards in the hospitals. He said, “Enough beds, ambulances, sufficient oxygen are available.”

Kejriwal also stressed that genome sequencing and testing should be the priority. He said, “We should conduct genome sequencing of all Covid-positive cases to timely identify new variants, if any. XBB 1.16 predominant Covid variant at present, accounts for 48 per cent of all positive cases. It spreads rapidly but not severe.”

According to the official data, only 3 COVID-19 deaths have been reported over last 4-5 days. The minister said that these deaths took place most “likely due to co-morbidities, Covid incidental.”

The minister reassured that all adults in Delhi are fully vaccinated against the virus. Second dose given to almost everyone aged below 18, he added.

Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj also said earlier, that the hospitalisation rate is still low in Delhi. On Thursday, senior health department officials, medical directors of state-run hospitals, epidemiologists and virologists also met to review the Covid situation in the capital.

Delhi reported a slightly lower number of new cases on Thursday. And the positivity rate was over 12 per cent, according to the official data. On Wednesday, the capital recorded the highest number of cases since September. 300 patients were tested positive, yesterday.

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