India's COVID-19 tally has risen by less than 30,000 for the first time since mid-July, and active cases have slipped for the forty-fourth day in a row to 4.5 lakh. However, the picture has been different in the national capital Delhi.
The latest coronavirus spike in the city started at the end of October, reaching a peak of around 8,600 new infections on November 11. In the last two days that number has almost halved, but that has come with testing dropping to under 30,000, half of the usual.
Concerned with the latest wave of COVID cases, both Centre and Delhi government are working to address the strain on the healthcare system by flying in more doctors and increasing number of ICU beds. The Delhi government is also seeking to shut down markets in the city, which are emerging as COVID hotspots.
To discuss the COVID-19 challenges and the steps being taken by the Delhi government to address the rise in infections, CNBC-TV18 spoke to Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia.