Lockdown will not be extended in Delhi: Health Minister Satyendra Jain

Lockdown will not be extended in Delhi: Health Minister Satyendra Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Friday said that the lockdown, imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, will not be extended in the national capital.

On being asked if there has been a discussion on the extension of lockdown in Delhi given the rise in coronavirus cases in the national capital, Satyendra Jain said it will not be extended.

"No, the lockdown will not be extended," Satyendra Jain said.

Delhi on Thursday recorded 1,877 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike, taking the Covid-19 tally in the city to over 34,000-mark, and the death toll due to the disease mounted to 1,085.

This is the first time when over 1,800 cases have been reported in a day in Delhi. The previous highest-spike in fresh cases -- 1,513 -- was recorded on June 3.

On the three BJP-led municipal corporations' claims that over 2,000 people have died have taken place in Delhi due to coronavirus, while the official tally stood at 1,085, Satyendra Jain said the MCDs should send the details to the Delhi government.

"According to the Covid protocol, people are creamated if they either die of coronavirus or as Covid-19 suspects. The hospitals report on deaths and many times, the report gets delayed. If the MCDs has the details of the casualties, it should send it to is [Delhi govt] but it can't say over 2,000 people have died if they only have numbers and not the details," Satyendra Jain said.

On MCD hospitals being used for the treatment of coronavirus patients, Satyendra Jain said the municipal corporations can start the treatment of Covid patients if they have hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court (HC) has dismissed public interest petitions, seeking lockdown till June 30.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 297,535 including 141,842 active cases, 147,195 cured/discharged/migrated and 8,498 deaths.