Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo Credit: ANI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that number coronavirus cases may shoot up in the national capital in the coming days. This is because the government has decided to test all those who were evacuated from the Nizamuddin Markaz. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi is around 219 including four deaths. “There are 208 active COVID-19 cases in hospitals and 202 of them are stable while the rest have been discharged,” the chief minister said.
The figure includes 51 people who had foreign travel history and 29 are their family members, the chief minister said.
Kejriwal said that two people who were evacuated from Nizamuddin Markaz died due to contagious disease on Thursday. “Of the 2,346 people evacuated from the Markaz, 108 have tested positive for coronavirus,” he said while addressing a digital press conference.
The virus has not started spreading among the people in the national capital, he added.
A total of 2,943 people, including 1,810 from Markaz, have been quarantined by the government, he said, adding that 21,307 have been directed for self quarantine at their homes.
In view of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Delhi government will give Rs 5,000 to autorickshaw, gramin-sewa and e-rickshaw drivers, Kejriwal said further.
"Rs 5000 each will be transferred into the accounts of auto, taxi, e-rickshaw, RTV & Gramin Sewa drivers and all those plying public service vehicles. This might take between a week and 10 days to implement," Kejriwal said.