Delhi Doing Much Better Than Other Metro Cities in Combatting Covid-19, Says Health Minister Satyendar Jain

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Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday the national capital was doing much better than all other metro cities in India and was on the 17th position in terms of COVID-19 deaths per million population.

Delhi recorded over 6,700 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, pushing the infection tally in the city to over 4.16 lakh, while 66 more fatalities, the highest in around four months, took the death toll to 6,769, authorities said.

A total of 6,715 new cases were confirmed in the national capital following 52,294 tests conducted on Wednesday, while the positivity rate stood at12.84 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution, the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi Health department showed.

This is the third consecutive day when the number of daily cases has crossed the 6,000-mark. Delhi reported6,842 cases on Wednesday, the maximum till date, and 6,725 cases on Tuesday. The city had recorded over 5,000 daily cases for five days on the trot ending Sunday, when the count stood at 5,664.

"Delhi is on the 17th position in COVID-19 death per million population. Far behind all metro cities," Jain posted on Twitter. "From day one of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi government has worked around the clock to keep a check on the fatality rate," a government statement said.

The Delhi government has also stringently implemented the lockdown rules in the city and with time, aggressively increased the testing capacity in the capital, it said. While comparing with other metro cities of India, it should be noted that Delhi was at the 17th position in terms of COVID-19 deaths per million population with 338 fatalities, whereas Mumbai tops the list with around 831 deaths, followed by Chennai (518), Kolkata (503) and Bangalore Urban (408), the statement said.