COVID-19: Delhi reports highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases

With the spike of 3,947 new COVID-19 cases, the tally has breached the 66k-mark in Delhi, while the death toll stands at 2,301.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi has crossed the 66,000 Representative Photo: | PTI (File)

In a grim milestone for the national capital, Delhi today (June 23) recorded the highest single-day spike of 3,947 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of confirmed cases to 66,602.

According to authorities, the death toll due to COVID-19 in Delhi now stands at 2,301. With the current figures, Delhi has overtaken Tamil Nadu, as the second-worst hit state by the coronavirus infection. Maharashtra remains to be the worst affected state due to the infection in the country.

Amid the rising number of positive cases in Delhi and to tackle the problem of shortage of beds, a sprawling 10,000 bed COVID-19 treatment centre is going to open soon in Chhatarpur. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked the Centre to deploy doctors, healthcare workers, Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) staff at the treatment facility.

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In response to Arvind Kejriwal, Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the work at the treatment centre is in progress and a large part of the facility will be functional by June 26. Shah also assured that more number of COVID-19 beds will be provided in Delhi, in the coming days.

The Radha Soami Spiritual Centre is being converted into the massive COVID-19 facility in Delhi. The centre covers an area of 12,50,000 square feet, and is as large as 22 football fields. The facility has 200 enclosures with 50 beds each.

Meanwhile, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has appointed BS Bhalla, Principal Secretary (Home) in Delhi government as the nodal officer for the overall COVID-19 management in Delhi.

Earlier, Delhi LG had overturned Chief Minister Kejriwal’s decision to reserve COVID-19 beds in the capital only for Delhi residents. Kejriwal had later warned that Delhi will need around 1.5 lakh beds to tackle COVID-19 by July 31.

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The Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and few other MLA’s of the Aam Aadmi Party, including Atishi, had tested positive for COVID-19 and are still undergoing treatment in the capital.

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