In Delhi, a health worker took a sample for Kovid test. (Photo: PTI)
New Delhi: Delhi reported 1,934 new Covid cases, the highest since February 4, with a positivity rate of 8.10 per cent on Thursday, the lowest number of new infections reported in a week, according to data shared by the health department here. Went.
The figures for one day were 108 percent higher than the figures for the previous day. On February 4, the capital had recorded 2,272 cases and 20 deaths with a positivity rate of 3.85 per cent. No Covid-related death was recorded on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 928 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in a week, with a positivity rate of 7.08 per cent and three more fatalities within 24 hours due to the viral disease.
For the first time since June 13, the capital has registered less than 1,000 cases in a day. Delhi had registered 614 Covid cases on June 13 with a positivity rate of 7.06 per cent.
A total of 23,879 tests were conducted to detect the infection on Wednesday, the department said.
With the fresh cases, Delhi’s Covid tally has gone up to 19,27,394, while the death toll stands at 26,242.
The department said that out of 9,496 beds in city hospitals, only 265 are occupied as against 263 beds a day ago, while beds in Covid care centers and COVID health centers are lying vacant.
With the rise in COVID-19 infections in Delhi, hospitals are also witnessing a marginal increase in admissions, but most of these patients, say doctors, have comorbid conditions.
As per the data, the number of active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday rose to 5,755 from 5,054 the previous day.
Down from 3,892 on Wednesday, 3,564 patients are in home isolation, while the capital has 309 COVID containment zones, up from 291 on 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.
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.
Also, the death toll in a single day was the highest since February 13, when 12 people succumbed to the viral infection.
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.