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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for Covid-19 on Saturday, December 19 in New Delhi, India.
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for Covid-19 on Saturday, December 19 in New Delhi, India. Manish Swarup/AP

Delhi was experiencing its third wave of coronavirus in November, but is now past it, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said at a news briefing on Saturday.

On Nov. 12, Delhi recorded a single-day rise of 8,593 new cases, including 85 deaths, which was the highest single-day rise in cases recorded by any state in the country, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

“From 8,600 cases in November we have come down to 1,133 cases today… In November the positivity rate was about 15.6% — that is approximately 15 people were positive for every 100 tests conducted — but now the positivity rate has fallen to 1.3% which is pretty low,” Kejriwal said. “One hundred and thirty one deaths was the highest recorded in a single day in Delhi in November, this has fallen to 37.”

“Delhi has fought the toughest fight against corona in the country, in the last few days Delhi was experiencing its third wave… I am very happy to announce… that the third wave of coronavirus has ended,” Kejriwal said.

Grim milestone: On Saturday, India crossed 10 million total cases of coronavirus with over 9.5 million discharged patients, according to the Ministry of Health.

“India’s Covid-19 pandemic growth has dropped to 2% and case fatality rate is amongst lowest in the world at 1.45%,” Dr. Harsh Vardhan, India’s health minister said at the 22nd meeting of group of ministers on Covid-19 held Saturday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

Vaccine on the horizon: India is preparing a number of task forces to oversee and implement the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine after regulators issued an emergency-use authorisation, with some states hoping to start mass vaccinations as early as January. 

“In mid-January, we are hoping that the vaccine program will be rolled out and within a few days, we will be ready to cover about 8 million beneficiaries with the first dose in a minimum of 8-10 days,” G. Srinivasa Rao, the director of public health for the state of Telangana, told an Indian TV news outlet earlier this week. 

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