Coronavirus in Delhi: New cases remain below 4k mark despite higher tests
New Delhi: For the fifth consecutive day in a row, daily new cases were recorded below 4,000 mark in Delhi. It is indicating some respite as new infections were continuously reported in excess of 4,000 mark earlier. The number of cases has come down despite a high number of tests being conducted in the city.
Delhi on Thursday recorded 3,834 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the cumulative tally to 2,60,623. Since August 18, daily positive cases have been coming in four-figure counts in the city.
The Delhi government has significantly ramped up testing in the last few days. A total of 59,183 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. 49,369 rapid antigen tests and 9,814 RTPCR/CBNAAT and True Nat tests were conducted. The positivity rate was recorded at 6.48 per cent. On Thursday, the number of tests done per million was over 1,45,079.
The new cases outnumbered the recoveries on Thursday. 3,509 patients recovered from the deadly disease in the last 24 hours. A total of 2,24,375 patients have recovered in the city so far. The number of daily recoveries has increased in the city of late. It has been above 3,000 mark in the last few days. 4,465 patients had recovered from the deadly disease on Wednesday.
The recovery rate was 86.09 per cent on Thursday. With increased number of recoveries in the city, the recovery rate has shown signs of improvement. Before the recent upsurge in cases, it had gone above 90 per cent and was there for many days.
Active cases increased by 298 in the last 24 hours. Delhi has now 31,125 active cases. The active cases have increased significantly after the recent upsurge. It had earlier gone below 10,000 mark in the national capital. Out of the total number of 15,810 beds in COVID hospitals, 8,784 are vacant. The number of people in home isolation increased to 17,995 from 17,834 on the previous day.
36 fatalities were reported in Delhi on Thursday. The death toll has now reached 5,123.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Satyendar Jain met with medical directors and medical superintendents of all Delhi government hospitals to get the status of testing. Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev conducted a review meeting with all district magistrates on coronavirus management.