NEW DELHI: Health minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday felt that community spread of the coronavirus was happening in Delhi and said that the central government should have admitted it by now.
In the past also when sources of infection in many of the Covid-19 positive cases were getting difficult to trace, Delhi government believed community spread of the coronavirus had begun.

Jain was speaking to reporters on Covid-19 situation in the capital. “I am not technically competent to speak about community spread. It involves a lot of technicality. When people are getting infected in such a large number in the country, community spread should have been accepted by now,” he said.
The minister, however, added that “only Indian Council of Medical Research or the central government can officially declare the community spread of coronavirus.”
Jain said 500 beds have been added in private Covid hospitals of Delhi in the past five days and government hospitals will also increase the number of ICU beds.
“In the next few days, the number of ICU beds in private hospitals will increase further,” Jain said. The occupancy of the ICU beds in private and government hospitals is increasing due to recent surge in the number of Covid-19 cases and due to a rush of critical Covid-19 patients to Delhi from other states for better healthcare facilities.
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. These private hospitals have been allowed to temporarily increase their total bed capacity up to 30% with the instruction to use the increased beds only for Covid-19 patients.
For the past few days, Delhi has been conducting more than 60,000 Covid-19 tests in a day, which is the highest per million tests in the world. Rapid antigen tests make many of this number.
“The positivity rate is continuously falling for the past few weeks. For the past few days, the positivity rate has been under 7%. It was above 8% last week and before that week, it was around 8.5%. The positivity rate of the cumulative cases has come below 10% and is 9.8%. Earlier, it was between 11% and 12%,” Jain said hoping that next week the situation will improve further.
Delhi’s Covid-19 fatality rate is 0.69% of the 10 days average. “The overall fatality rate is 2.05%,” Jain said.
“Over 50% of Covid beds are still vacant in Delhi’s government hospitals.”

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