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Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain says lockdown not a solution, learn to live with Covid

The coronavirus cases in the national capital continue to surge as it reported over 1,500 new cases on Friday for a second consecutive day.

The Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said a second lockdown is not a solution to deal with rising cases of coronavirus infections. The coronavirus cases in the national capital continue to surge as it reported over 1,500 new cases on Friday for a second consecutive day.

Repeating the comments made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in May 2020, Jain said the people have to learn to live with it. He said there is no possibility of the lockdown. Earlier there was a logic behind imposing lockdown as no one knew how the virus would spread. Initially the government was told that if all the activities are shut down, the virus will stop spreading. Even then the lockdown kept extending but despite this, the coronavirus spread did not stop. Lockdown is not a solution, Satyendar Jain said.

While urging the citizens to get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible, Jain said that coronavirus is a recurring disease and experts said from the very beginning that do not believe it will be finished immediately.

He also stressed on the need to follow rules – including using face masks and maintaining social distancing. He said people wore masks for two or three months then they stopped. This is wrong. He appealed to the people to wear masks so that the spread of the virus can be controlled better, he said.

There were fewer cases earlier but it has increased now. So the government has increased the number of tests and conducts 85,000-90,000 tests every day, which is more than 5% of the national average. The government is also doing contact tracing and isolation, he added.

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He said that Delhi hospitals have a sufficient number of beds for coronavirus patients. The occupancy is around 20% now, 80% of the beds are unoccupied. The government is monitoring the situation, if occupancy increases, the government will increase the number of beds, the health minister added.

Meanwhile, Delhi reported 1,534 fresh cases of Covid-19, 971 recoveries, and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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