Covid-19: New cases below 1,000; AIIMS director says Delhi may be past its peak
New Delhi: Delhi recorded less than 1,000 new cases on Monday which is lowest since June 1. The consistent drop in the daily number of cases over the last ten days prompted the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Randeep Guleria to suggest that Delhi may have passed the peak in terms of coronavirus situation.
While addressing a press conference, Guleria said, “Certain areas have hit their peak in COVID-19 cases. Delhi seems to have done so because the cases have declined significantly. Certain areas have yet to reach the peak. Cases are increasing in certain states. They will reach the peak a little later.”
However, Guleria also cautioned people against any complacency. He added, “Considering the trend in other cities and even in the US, having crossed the peak doesn’t mean that you can let your guard down. We still need to be very careful.”
The figures have been consistently improving especially in the last ten days when new cases were below 2,000 mark. On Monday, Delhi reported 954 new cases taking the tally to 1,23,747.
The remarkable turnaround can also be confirmed with recoveries exceeding the new cases on most of the days in July. 1,784 patients recovered on Monday taking the total recovery figures to 1,04,918.
The active cases decreased by 865 on Monday. Delhi has now 15,166 active cases. Around the end of June, the active cases were over 28,000. With the drop in the active cases, the number of hospitalisations has also declined. Delhi has now only 3,517 people admitted to the hospitals.
The fatalities have also come down which has been below 40 in the last few days. On Monday, 35 people died due to coronavirus taking the tally to 3,663 in the national capital. On July 18 (Friday), the daily fatality had dropped to 26.