Delhi: Record single-day spike in Covid cases again; fatalities cross 100 mark

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Delhi: Record single-day spike in Covid cases again; fatalities cross 100 mark

The positivity rate shot up to 15.92 per cent from 13.14 per cent on the previous day

Delhi: Record single-day spike in Covid cases again; fatalities cross 100 mark

New Delhi: For fourth consecutive day in a row, Delhi broke the record for the highest single-day spike of coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, Delhi reported 17,282 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 7,67,438.

The city had reported record single-day spikes on Tuesday, 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 13,468 fresh coronavirus infections on Tuesday, 11,491 on Monday, 10,774 on Sunday, 7,897 on Saturday, 8,521 on Friday and 7,437 on Thursday.

The number of new cases reported came out of 1,08,534 tests conducted on the previous day. At least 73,915 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 34,619 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate shot up to 15.92 per cent from 13.14 per cent on the previous day. The cumulative positivity was 4.84 per cent.

The fatalities crossed 100 mark on Wednesday. One hundred four deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 11,540. On Tuesday, 81 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 9,952 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 7,05,162 in the national capital. The active cases increased by 7,226 in the national capital. The total number of active cases rose to 50,736 from 43,510 on the previous day.

As far as vaccination drive is concerned, a total of 68,422 people received vaccines in the last 24 hours. A total of 55,877 people received the first dose of the vaccine whereas 12,545 people received their second dose. So far, 23,02,752 persons have received vaccines in the national capital.

Out of the total 13,437 beds in coronavirus hospitals, 4,567 are vacant. The tally of people in home isolation jumped to 24,155 from 21,954 on Tuesday.

As the new cases continue to be at record levels, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly every single day and there is no slowdown in the spread of the pandemic in the national capital. However, the minister said that lockdown is not a solution to the situation. He advised people to step out only when it is necessary, avoid gatherings, wear masks, and follow all the guidelines to keep the spread of the virus under control.