COVID-19 situation in Delhi not ‘terrible’; recovery rate 67% now: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the national capital has been able to control the COVID-19 situation due to the “hard work of everyone”. Kejriwal urged the people to continue to take full care, wear masks and follow social distancing rules.

“It was predicted that by June 30, Delhi would have 1 lakh COVID-19 cases out of which 60,000 would be active cases but today we only have about 26,000 active cases. This is the result of everyone`s hard work that we have been able to control the situation, said the Delhi Chief Minister.

At the press meet, Kejriwal informed reporters that the number of positive cases also came down in the last one week. On June 23, as many as 3950 cases were reported, on Tuesday about 2200 cases were reported. He also mentioned the recovery rate which had risen to 67 per cent while the recovery rate a month ago was a 38 per cent.

Kejriwal pointed out that earlier, out of the first 100 sample tests conducted 31 were reported positive and now 13 are positive.

“It was a critical situation but we did not put our hands over our heads and give up. We asked for help from whoever we could ask from. We had already put it in front of the people that we would reach these many cases by June 30,” he said.

According to the Union Health Ministry, Delhi has a total of 87,360 COVID-19 cases of which, 26,270 active cases while 58,348 patients have been cured/discharged while 2,742 patients have succumbed to the virus.