New Delhi: For third consecutive day in a row, Delhi shattered the record for the highest single-day spike of coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, Delhi reported 13,468 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 7,50,156.
The city had reported record single-day spikes on Monday and Sunday as well. Before the current record breaking spree, the highest single-day spike of 8,593 new coronavirus cases was recorded on November 11 last year.
Delhi reported 11,491 fresh coronavirus infections on Monday, 10,774 on Sunday, 7,897 on Saturday, 8,521 on Friday, 7,437 on Thursday and 5,506 on Wednesday.
The number of new cases reported came out of 1,02,460 tests conducted on the previous day. At least 64,544 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 37,916 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate shot up to 13.14 per cent from 12.44 per cent on the previous day. The cumulative positivity was 4.76 per cent.
The fatalities increased quite sharply on Tuesday. Eighty one deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 11,436. On Monday, 72 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 7,972 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 6,95,210 in the national capital. The active cases increased by 5,415 in the national capital. The total number of active cases rose to 43,510 from 38,095 on previous day.
As far as vaccination drive is concerned, a total of 89,065 people received vaccines in the last 24 hours. A total of 73,827 people received the first dose of the vaccine whereas 15,238 people received their second dose. So far, 22,34,330 persons have received vaccines in the national capital.
Out of the total 12,667 beds in coronavirus hospitals, 4,936 are vacant. The tally of people in home isolation jumped to 21,954 from 19,534 on Monday.
Amid the steep rise in coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the fourth wave is much more dangerous as cases have increased sharply in comparison to third wave in November and also youth and children are getting infected this time. He asked people to refrain from going out and do so only when it is absolutely necessary. The CM also urged the Centre to cancel the CBSE board exams as it can lead to large-scale spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, India recorded 1.61 lakh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1.36 crore cases. It was the biggest ever surge in a day.