New Delhi: Delhi reported 1,041 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally to 1,27,364 on Thursday. The positivity rate has come down to 5.7 per cent. A total of 18,226 samples were tested on Thursday.
On the other hand, recoveries again exceeded the new cases. A total of 1,415 patients recovered from the virus. 1,09,065 patients have now recovered in the national capital. The recovery rate is now 85.6 per cent.
The active cases declined by 400 to 14,554. It led to vacant beds at the dedicated Covid-19 hospitals. 79 per cent of the beds are now vacant in the national capital. More than 63 per cent of the ICU beds are also vacant.
However, 26 more persons died due to the deadly virus taking the toll to 3,745 in the national capital.
According to an expert, along with the positivity rate, the reproduction number is also declining in Delhi. Reproduction number (RO) is the average number of people that an infected person can spread the virus to.
Talking to TOI, Dr SK Sarin, Director of Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences said, “If the RO is more than two then it means that the infectivity rate is very high. When it is one then it means infection has plateaued. But in Delhi’s case, the RO has reduced to less than one, meaning the spread of infection is on a downward spiral and we may see a further decline in new cases.”