Coronavirus: After upsurge in new cases, Delhi sees uptick in fatalities as well
New Delhi: Delhi on Thursday recorded the second highest single-day spike with 4,432 new cases, taking the cumulative tally to 2,34,701. On Wednesday, the record of highest single-day spike was registered with 4,473 cases. Prior to that, the highest single-day spike of 4,321 cases was recorded on Saturday. In the last nine days, more than 4,000 new cases have been recorded in eight days.
Delhi had registered 4,263 cases on Tuesday, 3,229 cases on Monday, 4,235 cases on Sunday, 4,321 cases on Saturday, 4,266 cases on Friday, 4,308 cases on Thursday and 4,039 cases on Wednesday. Before the recent upsurge, the earlier record of 3,947 new cases were recorded on June 23.
Thursday was another day when more than 60,000 tests were conducted in the national capital. It was the third consecutive day when more than 60,000 tests were conducted. 50,450 rapid antigen tests and 9,564 RTPCR, CBNAAT and True Nat tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The number of tests done per million was over 1,24,715 while the total number of tests conducted stood at 23,69,592 so far.
The cases have grown with the increase in the testing this month. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had held an emergency meeting in the last week of August to look into the upsurge in new cases. He had directed the authorities to ramp up testing in the city to control the situation. In the last seven days, almost 58,000 tests have been conducted on a daily basis.
Here are the number of tests conducted and the respective fresh cases being registered in the period of September 1-16: 14,389 (1,358); 20,437 (2,024); 24,198 (2,312); 28,835 (2,509); 32,834 (2,737); 36,219 (2,914) 38,895 (2,973); 36,046 (3,256); 22,954 (2,077); 45,797 (3,609); 54,517 (4,039); 58,340 (4,308); 60,580 (4,266); 60,076 (4,321); 56,656 (4,235); 44,884 (3,229); 62,669 (4,263) and 62,593 (4,473).
The fatalities due to coronavirus has also increased in Delhi of late. On Thursday, 38 deaths were reported from the city, which is the highest daily spike in the number of deaths in the two months. 33 deaths were reported on the previous day. The death toll has now reached 4,877.
New cases again outnumbered the recoveries. It has been happening on a consistent basis except on Monday. 3,587 patients recovered from the deadly disease in the last 24 hours. Now, a total of 1,98,103 patients have recovered in the city.
The number of recoveries on a single day has gone up of late. It has been above 3,000 in the last few days. The recovery rate slightly dropped to 84.40 from 84.47 per cent on the previous day. The recovery rate is also continuously going downwards. It has come down after going past the 90 per cent mark earlier and being there for many days.
The active cases increased by 807 in Delhi on Thursday. The total number of active cases increased to 31,721 in the last 24 hours. Of the total 14,652 beds available for treatment in the city, 52.9 per cent were vacant. However, 61.8 per cent of the ICU beds with ventilators are occupied and 69.03 per cent of the ICU beds without ventilators are full.
With the rise in new cases, the hospitalisation has increased. The Delhi government has swung into action to address the increased hospitalisation. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that they are increasing ICU beds in the hospitals and issued directions in this regard to private hospitals last week.