New Delhi: The Capital on Monday recorded 23,686 new Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative tally to 8,77,146. Prior to Monday, record for highest single-day spikes were broken twice on Sunday and Saturday.
Delhi reported 25,462 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, 24,375 on Saturday, 19,486 cases on Friday, 16,699 cases on Thursday, 17,282 infections on Wednesday and 13,468 on Tuesday.
The number of new cases reported came out of 90,696 tests conducted on the previous day. At least 68,778 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 21,918 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity dropped to 26.12 per cent from 29.74 per cent on the previous day. The cumulative positivity was 5.38 per cent, slightly higher than a day before.
On Monday, Delhi recorded highest single-day fatalities. Two hundred forty people succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 12,361. On Sunday, 161 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 21,500 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 7,87,898 in the national capital.
The active cases increased by 1,946 in the national capital. The total number of active cases rose to 76,887 from 74,941 on the previous day. This is the highest active cases tally since the pandemic hit the national capital.
As far as vaccination drive is concerned, a total of 48,088 people received vaccines in the last 24 hours. A total of 40,645 people received the first dose of the vaccine whereas 7,443 people received their second dose. So far, 26,14,006 persons have received vaccines in the national capital.
Out of the total 18,213 beds in coronavirus hospitals, 3,016 are vacant. The tally of people in home isolation jumped to 37,337 from 34,938 on Sunday.
The Delhi government on Monday announced a citywide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown will be effective from Monday night till April 26 morning.