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Delhi is seeing a decline in Covid-19 cases India

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Delhi is seeing a decline in Covid-19 cases India’s union territory of Delhi, which includes the capital New Delhi, is seeing a decrease in its daily new Covid-19 cases, according to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

About 15 days ago, coronavirus cases were rising in Delhi like an incoming “flood” and the positivity rate was up at 35%, Sisodia told reporters at a press conference on Thursday, adding that Delhi was testing between 80,000 to 100,000 people daily and an estimate of 27,000 people was tested positive.

“That has decreased now. As of today, positivity rate is at 14% and the daily number of Covid-19 patients has come down to 10,400,” Sisodia said.

Daily figures from Delhi’s health department show a decrease in daily cases since May 7. On May 7, Delhi reported 19,832 new cases and the numbers have decreased every day since. On May 13, Delhi reported 10,400 new cases.

As cases have declined, Sisodia says the demand for oxygen in Delhi has also dropped.

“We have written to the center now and told them that the surplus can be given to other states in need,” he added.

In the past 24-48 hours, Sisodia said that the Delhi government has only received an SOS call for oxygen from “one hospital or so” and it was instantly arranged.

Sisodia also thanked the central government, the Supreme Court, and the Delhi High Court.

“With their help, Delhi got a sufficient amount of oxygen, although 700 MT was only received one day,” he said. “They came forward to help the people of Delhi and that saved thousands of lives in time.”

From CNN’s Aditi Sangal

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