New Delhi: Monday was another day when Delhi reported a record single-day spike of coronavirus cases. The records have been shattered in the last two days. Delhi reported 11,491 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 7,36,688. It was the highest single-day spike reported ever since the pandemic struck.
On Sunday as well, Delhi had reported a record single-day spike of 10,774 new coronavirus cases. Before that, the highest single-day spike of 8,593 new coronavirus cases was recorded on November 11 last year. The national capital had recorded 7,897 fresh coronavirus infections on Saturday, 8,521 on Friday, 7,437 on Thursday, 5,506 on Wednesday, and 5,100 on Tuesday.
The number of new cases reported came out of 92,397 tests conducted on the previous day. At least 65,564 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 26,833 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate shot up to 12.44 per cent from 9.43 per cent on the previous day. The cumulative positivity was 4.71 per cent.
The fatalities increased quite sharply on Monday. Seventy two deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 11,355. On Sunday, 48 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 7,665 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 6,87,238 in the national capital. The active cases increased by 3,754 in the national capital. The total number of active cases rose to 38,095 from 34,341.
As far as vaccination drive is concerned, a total of 74,397 people received vaccines in the last 24 hours. A total of 68,038 people received the first dose of the vaccine whereas 6,359 people received their second dose. So far, 21,45,265 persons have received vaccines in the national capital.
Out of the total 12,008 beds in coronavirus hospitals, 5,068 are vacant. The tally of people in home isolation jumped to 19,534 from 17,093 on Sunday.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday declared this as a serious situation and asked people to be careful against the deadly virus. He also asked people to step out of their homes only if it is urgent. However, the CM ruled out the possibility of a lockdown saying that it would only be imposed in case the hospital system collapses.
To ramp up the health infrastructure in the national capital, the Delhi government declared 14 private hospitals as full Covid-19 hospitals and directed the management to not admit any non-Covid patients till further orders. As per an order issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 19 private hospitals have been directed to reserve 80 per cent of their ICU beds for Covid patients. On the other hand, 82 private hospitals were asked to reserve 60 per cent of their ICU beds for coronavirus patients.