Community spread in Delhi? Health minister Satyender Jain says source of 50% Covid cases untraceable

On a query, if community transmission of Covid-19 has started in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the government can admit community spread only when Centre says. Satyendar Jain, however, added that source of infection in almost half of the coronavirus cases in Delhi hasn’t been traced yet.

With the Delhi government in a huddle to assess whether Covid-19 has entered the community transmission phase in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendra Jain has said the source of infection for more than 50 per cent cases in the national capital remains untraceable.

Claiming that the AIIMS director has already accepted the community spread of the novel coronavirus in Delhi, Satyendra Jain said only the Centre can put an end to speculations by clarifying.

“The AIIMS director has spoken about community spread but the central government is not accepting it,” Delhi minister Satyendra Jain said on Tuesday.

Satyendar Jain added, “We can say that [there is community spread] only when Centre admits it… Community spread is when there are cases in which source [of infection] cannot be ascertained… Almost half of our cases are like this.”

Delhi minister Satyendra Jain added that the source of about 50 per cent of coronavirus cases in Delhi is not known.

The Delhi Health Minister said the government was expecting that the beds in private hospitals would cater to patients up to 15 days but most of the beds reserved for coronavirus patients have been used in 4-5 days. “We have to further enhance the capacity now,” Satyendra Jain said.

On Monday, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had said if community transmission was taking place in Delhi, the AAP government would have to change its strategy accordingly to deal with the situation.

Source: India Today

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