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New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Tuesday said that the national capital has least fatality ratio amongst all major cities in India, including Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Sharing a list of 15 cities and their case fatality ratio, Jain said that the Delhi government was “doing its best to save each and every life”.
“Delhi has least fatality ratio amongst all major cities in India. Rapid addition of ICU beds and other medical facilities have helped us achieve this. We are doing our best to save each and every life,” he said.
As per the list, Gujarat’s Ahmedabad has the highest case fatality ratio (4.2 per cent) while Delhi has the lowest casualty rate (1.6 per cent).
Delhi has been witnessing a spurt in COVID-19 cases since October end and the city had recorded its highest single-day surge of 8,593 infections on November 11.
Jain blames stubble burning for COVID-19 casualty rate
Jain, on Monday, blamed stubble burning in neighbouring states for the increased COVID-19 casualty rate in the national capital. He further said that the increased pollution levels in the state aggravated the problems for COVID-19 patients.
The health minister Jain that the effect of a drop in pollution levels will be felt over the next two-three weeks.
“There was heavy pollution due to stubble-burning amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it came as a double attack. Since the pollution due to stubble-burning is less now, the downtrend in deaths will be there in a few weeks,” Jain said.
Earlier this month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stepped in to tackle the COVID-19 situation in Delhi and chaired a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other ministers meeting on November 15 to chalk out measures to contain the sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.