The Chief Minister of New Delhi, the capital of India, has said that the rapid spread of the corona virus has severely affected the health system.
Arvind Kejriwal said the increase in cases in early June had led to a shortage of hospital beds and an increase in deaths.
New Delhi has now become the most affected area of the country and more than 73,000 people have been infected with the virus and 2,500 have died.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India has “better conditions than other countries to deal with the virus.”
He said in an address that this was because India had imposed a strict lock down across the country since March and people were also taking precautions.
So far, more than 500,000 cases of the corona virus have been recorded across the country, while about 15,000 people have died from the virus.
However, corona virus cases are growing faster in New Delhi, a city of about 20 million people, than in other cities.
Chief Minister Kejriwal said, “The number of cases has increased faster than we expected and the city also faced a shortage of beds in the first week of June.”
“We were doing less tests in Delhi and because we were facing a shortage of beds and many people were not getting hospital beds, the death rate also increased.”
Authorities in Delhi say they have begun conducting extensive testing in the city to determine the extent of the spread in the capital.
Dr. Sandeep Salvi, a well-known researcher on respiratory diseases, told CBS: “The only way to reduce the spread of the virus is to diagnose it early. And these people should be kept in self-imposed isolation.
In early June, four months after the first case was reported in India, India decided to ease the strict lock down. Most businesses were allowed to reopen.
Schools have also reopened in several states but are still closed in Delhi.
However, the easing of the lock down has led to a sharp rise in the number of victims. India currently ranks fourth in the world in terms of certified victims. The United States ranks first, Brazil second, and Russia third.
However, with a population of over 1.3 billion, the total number of victims is relatively small. Less than 400 out of every 1 million people are infected with the virus.