Today, the national capital of India recorded the biggest spike in coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Delhi recorded a total of 428 cases taking the total number of infections at 5532. Yesterday the city crossed 5000 mark and stands in the third highest position in coronavirus cases in the country after Maharashtra and Gujarat.
As of now, 65 people have died in the state while 74 people have recovered in the capital, taking the total to 1542. Yesterday, a 31-year-old Delhi Police died from the deadly virus. He was asymptomatic till Monday. This was the first casualty of the Delhi Police in the virus.
On Sunday, Delhi recorded the big spike when it saw 427 new cases. The updated number comes just a few hours after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared that the time has come “to reopen Delhi”.
At a press conference while declaring a series of relaxations in keeping with Centre’s guidelines, he said “We will have to be ready to live with coronavirus.”
Mr. Kejiriwal allowed private offices with 33 percent workforce, standalone shops, and self-employed people along with domestic help and technicians to operate in non-hotspot zones. Liquor shops were also allowed as it is a rich source of revenue. The sale of liquor will help the government to fight the financial crisis due to COVID-19. Thousands of people gathered in the liquor shop disobeying all rules of social distancing.
The Chief Minister has shown confidence in handling the pandemic in the state. Delhi is “prepared in terms of hospitals and kits,” he told reporters on Sunday. “Even after complete lifting of lockdown, if a few cases increase, we are prepared to handle that as well,” he added.