“We Have Increased Covid Testing By Three Times”: Delhi Health Minister

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said the Aam Aadmi Party government in the national capital has increased testing by three times to 60,000 tests a day, adding that this was the new strategy to combat the surge in coronavirus cases.

“Delhi has increased testing to 60,000 per day. This is a big change in our containment strategy. We have done this to ensure we can track every positive case and contain the spread of coronavirus; Delhi’s doubling rate is 50 days,” said Satyendar Jain, who recently recovered from COVID-19.

The statement comes a day after Delhi reported 46 coronavirus-lined deaths – the highest since June 16 when the city recorded 93 deaths – in the backdrop of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s statement that the national capital has witnessed the second wave of COVID-19 and has now turned the corner.

“Covid deaths should not be seen as single day figures, but as 10-day average because people usually don’t die (of this disease) in a day,” Mr Jain said, adding that Delhi’s 10-day average is 0.94 per cent. Its death rate is 1.94 per cent.

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