New Delhi: Delhi reported 7,437 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, which was the highest single-day infection count in more than four months and also this year. With this, the cumulative tally reached 6,98,005. On Wednesday as well, the city had reported the highest single-day spike of this year with 5,506 new cases. The number of new cases jumped by almost 2,000 from the last day.
The number of new cases reported came out of 91,770 tests conducted on the previous day. At least 52,696 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 39,074 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate jumped to 8.1 per cent from 6.1 per cent on the previous day. The cumulative positivity rate increased to 4.57 per cent.
Twenty four deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 11,157. On Wednesday, 20 deaths were reported from the city.
The new cases exceeded the daily recoveries by a big margin in the last 24 hours. A total of 3,687 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 6,63,667 in the national capital. The active cases increased by 3,726 in the national capital. The total number of active cases rose to 23,181 from 19,455 a day before.
Out of the total 8,813 beds in coronavirus hospitals, 4,601 are vacant. The tally of people in home isolation jumped to 11,367 from 10,048 on Tuesday.
Considering the worsening of coronavirus situation, a night curfew has been imposed in Delhi and its adjoining areas like Ghaziabad and Noida. However, the Health Minister of Delhi Satyendar Jain said that the situation in Delhi is still better than many other states. He said that the virus is spreading exponentially but the severity of virus is less in the national capital.
The Health Minister pointed out the positivity rates of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh where the numbers are around 25 per cent and 18 per cent respectively. Jain also said that the vaccination drive is going well in Delhi and there is enough stock of vaccines for the next 4-5 days.
On the other hand, India recorded yet another record single-day spike of 1,31,968 new coronavirus cases, taking the cumulative tally to over 1.3 crore. Ten states are witnessing a massive surge in daily new cases. They are Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab.