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While the sudden rise in Covid-19 cases in Delhi has gradually reduced over the last few days, health minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday that the high number of cases in the national capital was because “patients from outside” were getting tested using a Delhi address. 

Jain was quoted by ANI as saying, “There are many patients who are from outside but they get tests conducted here using Delhi address. We can’t refuse anyone for tests. So, that results in an increase in numbers. Almost 25-30% outsiders are getting their tests done in Delhi.” 

Jain reiterated again that the peak of the third wave of Covid-19 in Delhi was over and the positivity rate had reduced. He told ANI, “Positivity rate is now below 13% from 15.33% last week. Though we’re in the 3rd wave, the peak is now over. From here, we’ll definitely see a downtrend. 16,500 beds have been reserved for Covid 19 and now there are around 8000 beds available.”

There’re many patients who are from outside but they get tests conducted here using Delhi address. We can’t refuse anyone for tests. So, that results in an increase in numbers. Almost 25-30% outsiders are getting their tests done in Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain https://t.co/2yJLFcVbjDpic.twitter.com/8vUS1AG6yC

— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2020

On Monday, 3,797 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Delhi to 4,89,202. Delhi recorded 99 deaths, taking the total number of deaths to 7,713. 

Delhi had recorded 46,159 during the week of November 1 to November 8, the highest in India. 

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