New Delhi: The city of Delhi is grappling with unprecedented coronavirus situation at the moment. While the daily new cases continue to be in high ranges, the daily fatalities figure has also shot up scarily. This is happening amid the acute oxygen shortage in the city. As per reports, the patients have also been asked to leave the hospital because of oxygen shortage.
On Thursday, the city recorded 26,169 new coronavirus cases, taking the cumulative tally to 9,56,348. It was the fifth consecutive day when more than 23,000 coronavirus cases were recorded in the city. Delhi reported 24,638 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, 28,395 on Tuesday, 23,686 on Monday, 25,462 on Sunday, 24,375 on Saturday and 19,486 cases on Friday.
The number of new cases reported came out of 72,208 tests conducted on the previous day. At least 48,346 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 23,862 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity shot up to 36.24 per cent from 31.28 per cent on the previous day. The cumulative positivity rate was 5.78 per cent, slightly higher than a day before.
The rising number of fatalities has been a real cause of concern in Delhi. Delhi recorded its highest ever fatalities in the last 24 hours. Three hundred six deaths were recorded on Thursday, taking the toll to 13,193 in the national capital. Earlier, 249 deaths were recorded on Wednesday, 277 on Tuesday and 240 on Monday.
The new cases exceeded the recoveries by a margin yet again. A total of 19,609 patients recovered from the deadly disease, taking the total recovery figure to 8,51,537 in the national capital. The active cases increased by 6,254 in the national capital. The total number of active cases increased to 91,618 from 85,364 on the previous day. The active cases are at its highest level since the start of pandemic.
As far as vaccination drive is concerned, a total of 53,673 people received vaccines in the last 24 hours. A total of 38,555 people received the first dose of the vaccine whereas 15,118 people received their second dose. So far, 27,76,631 persons have received vaccines in the national capital. Out of the total 20,191 beds in coronavirus hospitals, 2,037 are vacant. The tally of people in home isolation jumped to 46,585 from 42,768 on Wednesday.
There has been a complete chaos in the city as there has been shortage of beds and oxygen at the hospitals. The relatives were seen in tears as they waited outside the hospitals for getting beds and oxygen. On Thursday, the High Court ordered the centre to ensure full supply of Delhi's quota of oxygen, through a dedicated corridor and paramilitary forces' protection to tankers.
There was a blame game between states Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for oxygen shortage. However, the Centre intervened and said that there can be no restriction on the movement of oxygen. The Delhi government said that it needs 700 tonnes of oxygen. The Delhi government said that accessing extra oxygen would be difficult as the plants are located in Bengal and Odisha. But the Centre said that it will devise a plan for transfer of oxygen.