Delhi COVID-19 count rises to 2,34,701 with 4,432 new cases

'Govt Should Admit that Country is at Community Spread Stage': Delhi Health Minister Takes Dig at Centre

'Govt Should Admit that Country is at Community Spread Stage': Delhi Health Minister Takes Dig at Centre

Taking dig at the centre on the rising Covid-19 cases in the country, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the government should have admitted that the country is at "community spread" stage. "I am not technically competent to speak about community spread".

Community spread or community transmission is when the source of infection is unknown, meaning that one is unable to trace an infection back to a carrier of the virus, that is, a person who became sick with the virus after travelling to an affected place or through contact with someone who had the disease. "When people are getting infected in such a large number in the country, community spread should have been accepted by now", he said. "Community spread is a technical term about which only scientists can tell", he said. Total tests conducted were 62,553 while the positivity rate was 7.15 yesterday.

The opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said he would support whatever measures the government brings forward, but criticised the government's testing system for not having the capacity to deal with increased demand as schools returned. In order to augment the ICU beds capacity, 33 private hospitals have been directed to reserve 80% of their total ICU/HDU beds for Covid-19 patients. Rapid antigen tests make many of this number. Of the total 14,652 beds available for COVID-19 treatment in the city, 52.9% were vacant, as per government data on Thursday.

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Hancock was also asked on Times Radio about the possibility of Londoners being told to work from home later this week, and said: "Well, I wouldn't rule it out". But we will be able to isolate all the positive cases. "If the result is negative, then RT-PCR test is also done", the minister said.

The number of containment zones jumped to 1,670 on Thursday, the highest till now.

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