Daily Covid cases in Delhi cross 2,000-mark after six months; positivity rate rises to 11.64%
The national capital on Wednesday reported 2,073 COVID-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 11.64%. This is the highest positivity rate since 24 January when it was 11.79%.
This was the third day in a row that the positivity rate breached the 10% mark.
Wednesday’s infection figures were the highest since 4 February, when the national capital had logged 2,272 cases and 20 deaths. The deaths recorded on Wednesday were the highest since 25 June, when six deaths were reported due to COVID-19 in the city.
On Tuesday, Delhi had reported 1,506 Covid cases and three fatalities, while the positivity rate stood at 10.69%.
With the fresh infections on Wednesday, the Covid case tally in the national capital stood at 19,60,172 while the death toll reached 26,321. A total of 17,815 tests were conducted the previous day to detect COVID-19, the health department data demonstrated.
The positivity rate and daily Covid cases in the city have risen steadily in the last one week.
On Monday, Delhi reported a positivity rate of 11.41%, with 822 new cases and two fatalities. A day before, the city recorded 1,263 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 9.35%.
On Saturday, the city logged 1,333 cases with a positivity rate of 8.39% while three people succumbed to the viral disease.
The city saw 1,245 Covid cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 7.36% and one fatality. It had recorded 1,128 cases on Thursday with a positivity rate of 6.56%, while no fatality was reported.
Delhi currently has 5,637 active cases, up from 5,006 the previous day. As many as 3,214 Covid patients are in home isolation.
Of the 9,405 beds reserved for coronavirus patients in different Delhi hospitals, only 376 were occupied on Wednesday. Beds at Covid care centres and Covid health centres were lying vacant, the latest bulletin read.
It added that the city currently has 183 containment zones.
Delhi has reported a few cases of the BA.4 and the BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, which are highly transmissible. The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi had touched the record high of 28,867 on 13 January this year during the third wave of the pandemic. The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6% on 14 January, the highest during the third wave.
(With inputs from PTI)
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