CHINA Indian capital chief minister says second wave of COVID-19 "now on the peak" in city

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Indian capital chief minister says second wave of COVID-19 "now on the peak" in city

Xinhua

20:36, September 24, 2020

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NEW DELHI, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chief Minister of Indian capital city New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said the second wave of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has already peaked in the city and in coming days it will witness a decline in cases.

"From July 1 to Aug. 17, cases were in control. We noticed that cases were increased and daily cases reached 4,500 on Sept. 17 and are now coming down. So experts are believing that the second wave of coronavirus which had hit Delhi is now on the peak and its intensity will be less in the coming days," Kejriwal was quoted by a local news agency as having said.

Delhi is the sixth most-affected state in India with 256,789 COVID-19 cases including 5,087 deaths.

Kejriwal also said that the daily testing of COVID-19 samples in the capital city has increased from the earlier 20,000 a day mark to 60,000 at present.

The Indian national capital saw its first COVID-19 case in March and since then numbers have been increasing. In this course, several lawmakers and ministers in local Delhi government contracted the infection.

On Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was hospitalized after having a fever and a drop in oxygen level.

He is currently undergoing treatment at government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital in the city.

India is in the grip of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



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