The Delhi government has been cautiously optimistic in its battle against deadly coronavirus as reports indicate that the city has been recording more than 70 percent recovery rate since the last few days.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects were unprecedented and sudden for India. However, the reality of any democracy is that such extraordinary times are the best times to perform in terms of crisis management and governance. India suffered but a mere fraction of the scavenging deaths worldwide. It is pertinent to acknowledge the leadership of our governments and the chief ministers, they have just saved us from total destruction. If we didn’t learn from past pandemics it would have been history in crisis. One of the best examples of this is the Delhi government under the leadership of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The Delhi government has been cautiously optimistic in its battle against deadly coronavirus as reports indicate that the city has been recording more than70 percent recovery ratesince the last few days. In a public health emergency, mitigating public fear is as important as medical interventions. Delhi government’s fight against COVID-19 from the frontlines which gave not only confidence to the citizens of Delhi but also gave strength to the doctors, nurses and other COVID warriors to fight this battle.
Delhi, with a population of over 20 million, and facing a stream of domestic and international passengers, faced the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning. The key to controlling the number of cases is the strategy of aggressive testing, isolating the high-risk contacts, and quarantining them, to decrease the spread of the disease. Delhi fought to remove the stigma of COVID by breaking the psychological barrier and promoting home isolation. The Delhi government aggressively promoted home isolation, who were asymptomatic or mild symptoms, with public awareness campaigns to reduce the stigma.
Delhi was following a strategy of high testing from the very start. Even before the end of June, Delhi was testing more than any other state in India at about 10,500 tests per million on 31 May. From the first week of June, a strategy of aggressive testing was started, with a focus on areas that were becoming hotspots. In the first week of June, the Delhi government was conducting 5,500 tests per day. With the help of Centre’s support in providing antigen test kits, by mid-June, this figure stood at 11,000 tests per day and by the first week of July at 21,000 tests per day. The active cases began to plateau despite high testing, from 16 June onwards and new cases began to sharply decline 23 June onwards.
Till early June, there were only 8 private hospitals that were treating coronavirus patients and these had a sum total of 700 beds available. This was in addition to 2,500 beds in Delhi government hospitals. When the cases started rising in the first week of June, the aforemention