85 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi; lowest single-day rise this year | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded 85 new cases of Covid-19, the lowest daily count this year, on Saturday. The positivity rate also slipped to 0.12%, which is the lowest since the pandemic hit the national capital.
In the third week of April, Delhi’s Covid positivity rate — percentage of positive results from tests — had touched 36%, which was among the highest in the country.
According to the state health department, 72,920 tests were conducted across Delhi in the last 24 hours. These included 50,839 RT-PCR and 22,081 via rapid antigen tests.
Delhi reported its first peak in Covid-19 cases in June 2020. The second and third peaks were reported in September and November, respectively. A serosurvey report released in February 2021 showed more than 50% of the population had developed protective antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 during the three peaks. Despite that, the city witnessed a fourth peak from April onward, which turned out to be the deadliest yet.
On Saturday, the capital recorded nine fresh fatalities due to Covid-19, taking the death toll in the city to 24,961.
The tally of Covid cases in Delhi currently stands at 14.33 lakh, of which 14.07 lakh patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals. Of the 23,692 Covid beds in the Delhi, 22,684 (96%) are lying vacant. ICU beds are readily available.

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