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Delhi records 928 Covid cases, lowest since June 13; Positivity rate 7 pc. falls to MPNRC

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Delhi recorded 928 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in a week, with a positivity rate of 7.08 per cent and the viral disease in a 24-hour period, according to data shared by the city’s health department on Wednesday. Three more deaths were recorded due to , This is the first time since June 13 that less than 1,000 cases have been reported in a day in the national capital. Delhi had registered 614 Covid cases on June 13 with a positivity rate of 7.06 per cent.

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The data shows that Wednesday’s single day is 32.89 percent lower than the previous day. The national capital had recorded 1,383 fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 7.22 per cent and one death. A total of 13,099 tests were conducted on Tuesday to detect the infection, the department said.

With the fresh cases, Delhi’s Covid tally has gone up to 19,25,460, while the death toll due to the disease has gone up to 26,242. The department said out of 9,491 beds in city hospitals, only 263 are occupied, down from 264 a day earlier, while beds in Covid care centers and COVID health centers are lying vacant. As per the data, the number of active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday declined to 5,054 from 5,595 the previous day.

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Down from 3,964 on Tuesday, 3,892 patients are in home isolation, while there are 291 Covid containment zones in the capital, up from 272 on the previous day. On Monday, Delhi recorded 1,060 new Covid cases and six deaths, the highest in four months, while the positivity rate rose to 10.09 per cent. This was the highest positivity rate recorded in the national capital since January 24, when 11.8 per cent of those tested turned out to be positive.

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Also, the death toll in a single day was the highest since February 13, when 12 people succumbed to the viral infection. On Sunday, the city had recorded 1,530 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 8.41 per cent and three deaths. A day earlier, it had recorded 1,534 cases with a positivity rate of 7.71 per cent and three deaths.

The city had recorded 1,797 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest in four months and a death toll on Friday, while the positivity rate stood at 8.18 per cent. Friday’s figures were the highest since February 4, when the national capital reported 2,272 cases and 20 deaths with a positivity rate of 3.85 per cent. Delhi recorded 1,323 new Covid cases and two deaths on Thursday, while the positivity rate stood at 6.69 per cent.

Despite the increase in the positivity rate, the city government has not implemented the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) prepared by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) as hospitalizations are low. The GRAP came into force in August last year, stipulating the measures to be taken by the government for locking and unlocking of various activities according to the positivity rate and bed occupancy.

Experts have said that people letting their guard down and traveling during the holiday season are the main reasons behind the latest rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi. The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi touched a record high of 28,867 on January 13 during the third wave of the pandemic. The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic.

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