Delhi is conducting the highest number of COVID-19 tests in the whole world, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said during the one-day session of the Assembly on Monday.
He said that we should concern about the number of deaths rather than the number of coronavirus cases.
He further claimed that the death rate of the patients due to coronavirus in Delhi is perhaps the lowest in the world.
“In Delhi, 3,057 COVID-19 tests are conducted per day per million population. In the UK, around 3,000 tests are conducted per million population, 1,388 in the USA, 2,311 in Russia, and 8,58 in Peru. In India, the figure is 819 tests per day per million. So, Delhi is conducting the highest number of tests in the whole world,” the chief minister said.
“The largest number of COVID-19 tests are being carried out in Delhi. Eleven percent of Delhi has been tested so far with nearly 21 lakh tests. The concern should be the number of deaths and not the number of COVID cases. The death rate in Delhi is perhaps the lowest in the whole world,” he said.
Adding to this, he said “First, we need to understand that the COVID-19 situation was the toughest in Delhi. We must keep this in mind whenever we compare the situation from other states.
“Coronavirus had a huge impact on countries such as Italy and the UK. Indians living there asked the governments that they wanted to go back to Delhi,”
Kejriwal said the pandemic made him realize that nobody can handle it alone.
“If Delhi would have tried to handle it alone, we would not have been able to do it. We took help from everyone. I want to thank the Centre for helping us whenever we needed them. They gave us PPE kits, oxygen cylinders, and testing kits. No government can handle it alone.
“We have a weakness. We do not know how to do politics, but this weakness has become our biggest strength right now. I always say, the credit is yours and all the responsibility is mine. Whenever Delhi faces trouble, the responsibility is mine,” he added.