Delhi clocks more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases for third consecutive day
Delhi clocks more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases for third consecutive day
Ashish Ranjan
Delhi clocks more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases for third consecutive day
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Delhi clocks more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases for third consecutive day

New Delhi: For the third straight day, more than 4,000 new cases were clocked in Delhi on Friday. The record of highest single-day spike remained intact for more than two months and it was broken on Wednesday when more than 4,000 cases were registered. Since then, more than 4,000 cases have been recorded on Thursday and Friday. 

Delhi recorded 4,266 new cases, taking the cumulative tally to 2,09,748. On Thursday, the city recorded the highest ever single-day spike of 4,308 cases. The records were shattered both on Thursday and Wednesday. On June 23, 3,947 new cases were registered, which was the highest single-day spike.

After seeing a drop in new infections continuously for around three weeks since June 23, the cases started rising again from mid-August. The seven-day average of new cases had even dropped to 983 by August 4. The new cases started rising sharply twelve 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. For the fourth consecutive day, the testing record has been broken in the national capital. 60,580 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. A total of 58,340 tests were conducted on Thursday, up from 54,517 tests conducted on Wednesday.

Also, the number of hospitalisations is increasing sharply in the national capital. The number of hospitalisations breached the 6,000 mark on Friday. A total of 6,031 patients were admitted to the hospitals. The figure is 22.4 per cent of the active cases. On June 23, the 6,000 mark was breached last time. 6,264 people were admitted to hospitals then.

The Delhi government has been committed to scale up testing in the national capital. They are making all sorts of efforts to increase testing. The government had directed the Mohalla Clinics to start conducting tests after the consultations were over at 2 pm. The clinics are now functioning as testing centres, in addition to the 300 dispensaries and government hospitals where tests are being conducted. There are 450 Mohalla Clinics in the national capital. The government had also announced that there is no need for doctor’s prescriptions to go for tests. 

Now, not only new cases are increasing drastically, but other coronavirus parameters are worsening as well. On most of the days in the last twelve 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.  

But it is now going down continuously. It has now gone below 85 per cent. A total of 2,754 people recovered from the deadly disease in the last 24 hours, taking the figure of total recoveries to 1,78,154. The active cases are constantly increasing in the city. Active cases increased by 1,491 on Friday. At present, a total of 26,907 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 nine days. Meanwhile, with 21 more fatalities, the death toll has now reached 4,687 in the national capital.