Health ministers in Delhi and neighboring Haryana have traded barbs over the COVID-19 case in a third wave powered by highly contagious alternative omikron.
Both states – pointing to each other – indicate that people from outside their states add to the case of Kovid.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said high covid cases in three districts of the state adjacent to Delhi were due to “uncontrolled” increase of covid cases in the national capital.
“More than half of the cases in Haryana are from Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonepat. Proximity to Delhi affects it. But there is no need to panic. We are well prepared,” Mr Vij told ANI.
# Clock| Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has blamed high COVID infection rates in three districts of the state adjacent to Delhi for the “uncontrolled” increase in cases in the national capital. Haryana has been adversely affected due to its proximity to Delhi, but there is no need to panic, he added (16.01). pic.twitter.com/Wi9eblNwwd
– ANI (ANI) January 17, 2022
Reacting to his Haryana opponent’s remarks, Aam Aadmi Party’s Satyendra Jain blamed people “outside Delhi” for adding at least 1,000 cases to Delhi’s cowardly count every day.
“These are political comments. I can also tell you how many people from Haryana are testing positive in Delhi. Every day more than 1,000 coward cases are being reported from outside Delhi,” Mr Jain told ANI.
The number of cases in Delhi is expected to drop by 4,000 today as compared to Sunday, Mr Jain said, adding that today was the fourth day in a row that the number of cases would be less than the previous day’s report.
“Today (Monday) the number of new cases is likely to be 4,000-5,000 less than the 18,000 reported yesterday (Sunday). It is expected to be around 13,000-14,000 today,” Mr Jain said.
India’s coveted curve also showed marginal improvement today as the country had 2.58 lakh cases, which is about 5 per cent less than yesterday. In the last 24 hours, 385 people have died in Kovid, according to the health ministry.