Corona cases in Delhi: Another grim milestone, 5,000 Covid cases revisited in Delhi | Delhi News - Times of India

Corona cases in Delhi: Another grim milestone, 5,000 Covid cases revisited in Delhi | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded 5,100 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, the highest in four months, while 17 more fatalities due to the infection took the death toll to 11,113.

A record 1.03 lakh tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. This included 69,667 RT-PCR and 33,786 rapid antigen tests. The case positivity rate stands at 4.93 per cent amid a massive surge in coronavirus cases in the last few weeks. The number of cumulative cases on Tuesday stood at 6,85,062, while over 6.56 lakh patients have recovered from the disease.
Delhi had reported 3,548 cases and 15 deaths on Monday, and 4,033 cases and 21 deaths on Sunday. A total of 3,567 coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday and 3,594 cases on Friday. On December 8 last year, the city had recorded 3,188 cases.
According to the latest health bulletin, the number of active cases rose to 17,332 on Tuesday from 14,589 a day before. The number of people under home isolation increased to 8,871 on Tuesday from 7,983 on Monday, while the number of containment zones mounted to 3,291 from 3,090 a day before.
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said the state government was alert on the pandemic situation and keeping a ‘close watch’ on it.
The rise in active cases has led to a heavy rush for beds in hospitals. There are 8,120 Covid beds across the city hospitals. Of them, data shared by the hospitals shows 3,558 (44%) are occupied. The occupancy of Covid ICU beds with and without a ventilator stands at 60% and 52%, respectively.
“I am inundated with requests for beds for Covid-19 patients. Many people are coming from neighbouring states as well. The situation is turning serious. People should restrict movement, unless necessary. They should wear masks and maintain distance if they must go out,” one of the doctors said.
The demand for plasma has also gone up at the plasma bank run by Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences.
The capital witnessed three peaks in Covid-19 cases last year— in May, August and November, respectively. December onwards, the cases started to come down. However, there has been an exponential increase in new cases over the past two weeks.
The presence of mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is considered a key factor behind this. But most importantly, doctors say, non-adherence to preventive measures such as wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing was behind the sudden surge in cases.


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