New Delhi: Delhi reported 5,506 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which was the highest single-day infection count this year. With this, the cumulative tally reached 6,90,568. The number of new cases reported came out of 90,201 tests conducted on the previous day.
At least 52,477 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 37,724 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate jumped to 6.1 per cent from 4.93 per cent on the previous day. The cumulative positivity rate was at 4.55 per cent.
Twenty deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 11,133. On Tuesday, 17 deaths were reported from the city.
A total of 3,363 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 6,59,980 in the national capital. The active cases increased to 19,455 from 17,332 a day before.
Out of the total 8,219 beds in coronavirus hospitals, 4,456 are vacant. The tally of people in home isolation jumped to 10,048 from 8,871 on Tuesday.
Worried with the rise in Covid cases of late, Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday appealed to the citizens of Delhi to wear masks and maintain social distancing. “Daily cases have gone above 5,000. The way cases are increasing, it could break the old record of cases,” he said.
Coronavirus cases are surging in India unabatedly. On Wednesday, India reported 1,26,789 new cases of the novel coronavirus, which was the highest single-day spike so far. There are 8,43,473 active cases in India at present.
As the coronavirus cases continued to rise in India, New Zealand temporarily suspended entry of travellers from India including its own citizens. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced that the suspension will start from April 11 and will continue till April 28.