New infections on record-breaking spree in Delhi; active cases cross 25k mark
New infections on record-breaking spree in Delhi; active cases cross 25k mark
Ashish Ranjan
New infections on record-breaking spree in Delhi; active cases cross 25k mark
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New infections on record-breaking spree in Delhi; active cases cross 25k mark

New Delhi: The new cases is on record-breaking spree with the highest ever single-day spike on Thursday. After breaching the 4,000 mark for the first time on the previous day, 4,308 new cases were recorded on Thursday. Prior to the record-breaking spree witnessed in the last two days, Delhi had recorded its highest figure more than two months ago on June 23. 

The new cases started rising eleven days back and the rising streak continued except for one day. The new cases have risen with the increased number of tests in the national capital. In the last two days, a record number of tests were conducted. 

A total of 58,340 tests were conducted on Thursday, up from 54,517 tests conducted on the previous day. 9,004 RTPCR/CBNAAT/True Nat tests and 49,336 Rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. A total of 19,62,120 tests have been done in Delhi so far. 

The testing has been ramped up aggressively on the directions of the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He had said that testing would be increased and later on, also announced that a doctor’s prescription will not be required for people to go for testing in the national capital. Ever since the testing has been increased, the new cases have also started rising sharply.

Delhi was among the most hit cities in the country when the coronavirus pandemic started. Cases were rising sharply in May and June. However, after hitting maximum new cases on a single day on June 23, the cases started dropping and it continued for around three weeks in the national capital. The seven-day average of new cases had even dropped to 983 by August 4. However, the cases started rising again from the mid-August.  

Now, not only new cases are increasing drastically, but other coronavirus parameters are worsening as well. On most of the days in the last ten days, the new cases outnumbered the recoveries in the national capital, affecting the recovery rate adversely. The recovery rate had gone past 90 per cent earlier and maintained there for quite a long period of time, suggesting the better situation in Delhi. 

But it is now going down continuously. It now stands at 85.36 per cent. A total of 2,637 people recovered from the deadly disease in the last 24 hours, taking the figure of total recoveries to 1,75,400. The active cases are constantly increasing in the city. Active cases increased by 1,643 on Thursday. At present, a total of 25,416 active cases are there in Delhi. It was below the 10,000 not too long ago, suggesting that the situation has deteriorated quite drastically of late. 

Barring Monday, the active cases had increased by more than 1,000 in the last eight days. Meanwhile, with 28 fatalities, the death toll has now reached 4,666 in the national capital.