New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia here on Tuesday said that the “community spread” of novel coronavirus has not begun in Delhi but the infection could spread rapidly in the coming weeks with total number of cases touching 5.5 lakh by July 31.
The assertion came after the meeting called by State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the national capital where the tally has almost reached 30,000, including 874 deaths. Mr Sisodia, along with Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain were were part of the meeting.
Speaking to the mediapersons after the meeting, Mr Sisodia said, “The Union government officials present in the meeting told that there was no community spread of in Delhi yet.’
However, Mr Sisodia alerted that by July 31, COVID-19 cases in Delhi can reach 5.5 lakhs, which will require atleast 80,000 beds.
Elaborating on possible virus spread, the deputy CM said that by June 15, the cases are likely to reach 44,000 and by the end of this month atleast 15,000 beds will be needed.
He further informed that July 15, the cases are likely to shoot to 2.25 lakhs and will reach 5.5 lakhs till July 31.
If such a situation arise, at least 80,000 beds will be needed, Mr Sisodia underlined.
Community spread implies that the virus is now circulating in the community, and can infect people with no history — either of travel to affected areas, or of contact with the infected person.
Since few days, the COVID-19 cases in the national capital have been rising at an average of more than 1,000, making Delhi the third-worst affected countrywide.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal got Covid test done on Monday as he was showing symptoms of the virus infection since Sunday. He has gone for self isolation as per the protocols.