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A woman gets vaccinated at a drive-in centre in a Gurgaon mall

NEW DELHI: Fresh Covid-19 cases in Delhi fell below 1,000 for the first time since the second wave began and the positivity rate too declined to 1.2%, indicating a turnaround in the city’s situation. A total of 956 fresh cases were reported on Saturday.
Deaths, too, are declining with the capital reporting only 122 deaths in the last 24 hours. Towards the end of March, the capital started reporting a steady increase in daily Covid-19 cases, which reached over 28,000 on April 20 before starting to decline. Delhi last recorded less than 1,000 cases on March 30.
A total of 2,380 Covid patients recovered in the last 24 hours while 80,473 Covid tests were conducted. The higher recovery has reduced the number of active cases. Currently, Delhi has only 13,035 active cases.
19,500 of 25k beds available; recovery rate high at home
Currently, Delhi has only 13,035 active Covid cases. During the peak of the second wave, the city had over 95,000 active cases.
Dr Arun Gupta, president of the Delhi Medical Council, said that because of the sudden and high increase of cases, it was expected that the numbers will decline very fast. “Since a large number of the capital’s population has already been exposed to
the novel coronavirus, they have developed immunity against it. The immunity developed due to antibodies remain for five to seven months and protects individuals from the coronavirus infection,” Dr Gupta explained.
Nearly 53 lakh individuals have received Covid vaccines, out of which nearly 12 lakh have received two doses and are fully vaccinated. The pace of vaccination has slowed down due to shortage of vaccine at government-run centres, many of which are closed.
According to Delhi government’s daily health bulletin, currently nearly 19,500 Covid beds are vacant. The capital has 24,997 Covid beds across government and private hospitals, out of which only 5,501 are currently occupied. Among the 13,035 active cases, 6,303 patients are under home isolation. The recovery from home isolation is very high and since the active cases under home isolation are not extremely high, like it was during the peak of the second wave, the
patients are easily being managed through a hired agency for remotely managing patients.
Among the 80,473 Covid tests conducted on Saturday, the share of gold standard RT-PCR tests was very high. At least 56,559 RT-PCR tests were conducted and only 23,914 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Experts have advised keeping the share of RTPCR tests high in the coming months because they are more reliable and accurate as compared to rapid antigen tests.

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