Coronavirus: Record infections confirm third wave in Delhi
New Delhi: The coronavirus situation continues to exacerbate as Delhi registered its highest ever single-day spike on Wednesday. The record for highest single-day spike was set up just a day before. Now, for two consecutive days, more than 6,000 new cases have been reported.
The current upsurge in new cases has rung the alarm bells. Experts have claimed that the city is witnessing a third wave of coronavirus in the city. Moreover, the third wave seems to be the worst as the number of infections have risen to its highest levels.
The daily new infections have been oscillating in the range of 4,000-6,000 in the last few days. The continued high figures have also forced the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to admit a third wave in the city. While admitting the third wave, he said that a review meeting would be conducted to take stock of the situation.
Experts are also fearing that the situation might further worsen with the drop in temperature, rise in pollution and increased activities during the festive season.
Delhi reported a record 6,842 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the cumulative tally to 4,09,938. The number of new cases reported came out of 58,910 tests conducted on the previous day. Of which, 14,574 were RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 44,336 were rapid antigen tests.
The positivity rate has also been going skywards in the last few days. The positivity rate increased to 11.61 per cent from 11.29 per cent on the previous day.
51 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 6,703. 48 deaths were reported on Tuesday, 42 on Monday, 51 on Sunday, 41 on Saturday, 47 on Friday and 27 on Thursday.
5,797 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 3,65,866 in the national capital. The recovery rate slightly declined to 89.24 from 89.32 per cent on the previous day.
The new cases outnumbered the recoveries by a significant margin on Tuesday. Active cases increased by 994 in the last 24 hours. Delhi has now 37,369 active cases. The active cases figure was at its highest level so far on Wednesday. A total of 22,248 patients are in home isolation in the national capital.