Third wave of COVID-19 in capital of India has passed peak: minister

NEW DELHI, Nov 16 (.) – The recent rapid surge in coronavirus infections in India’s capital, which plagued intensive care units and killed hundreds, has reached its peak, the highest authority said on Monday. health of the city, dismissing the fear of a new confinement.

“I can definitely tell you that the peak is over and the cases will slowly start to decline,” Satyendar Jain, New Delhi’s local government health minister, told ANI news service, pointing to a decline in the positivity rate of the virus.

New Delhi has seen an increase in coronavirus infections this month, in a fact that authorities have called a “third wave” of COVID-19 that killed more than 600 people last week, even as cases in other parts of the country have declined.

India has reported more than 8.8 million infections since the start of the pandemic, the second highest rate in the world after the United States, but the number of new daily cases has decreased since the peak in mid-September. The Asian nation registers 129,635 deaths from coronavirus.

On Monday, the federal Health Ministry reported a daily increase of 30,548 infections.

Economic activity has slowly recovered as authorities relax restrictions after a strict nationwide quarantine was imposed in late March to curb the spread of the virus.

The state hardest hit by the epidemic, Maharashtra, reopened places of worship on Monday with instructions to maintain social distancing and the use of masks.

In New Delhi, Jain said there is “no possibility” of another widespread lockdown, even as authorities had to dispose of hundreds of additional intensive care beds and bolster COVID-19 testing capacity to perform up to 100,000 tests per day. day.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal; edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)