Delhi: Delhi records 1,534 Covid cases, positivity rate 7.71%

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Delhi recorded 1,534 new Covid cases and three deaths on Saturday, while the positivity rate stood at 7.71%, according to data shared by the city’s health department.

As of Friday, the nation’s capital had recorded 1,797 cases of the coronavirus, the highest in nearly four months, as well as one death as the positivity rate stood at 8.18%.

The new cases came out of 19,889 Covid tests carried out the previous day.

It is the fourth day in a row that Delhi has recorded more than 1,300 cases in one day. The capital has recorded more than 1,000 daily cases for the fifth day in a row.

Friday’s numbers were the highest since Feb. 4, when the nation’s capital recorded 2,272 cases and 20 deaths while the positivity rate was 3.85%.

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Also, Friday’s positivity rate was the highest since Jan. 29, when 4,044 cases were recorded with an 8.60% positivity rate, when the city recorded 25 deaths.

The nation’s capital recorded 1,323 new Covid cases and two deaths on Thursday, while the positivity rate stood at 6.69%.

The new cases pushed Delhi’s coronavirus tally to 19,20,559 while the death toll rose to 26,229, the department said in its latest bulletin.

Delhi had reported 1,422 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths as of May 8, while the positivity rate was 5.34%.

As of May 1, the city had reported 1,485 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths from the viral disease, while the positivity rate was recorded at 4.89%, according to official data.

Despite the increase in the positivity rate, the city government is not implementing the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP) devised by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority since hospital admissions are low.

The GRAP came into force in August last year, stipulating the measures to be taken by the government depending on the rate of positivity and the occupancy of beds for the locking and unlocking of various activities.

Out of 9,506 hospital beds, 241 are occupied, compared to 222 the day before, while none of the beds in Covid care centers and Covid health centers are occupied.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi has risen to 5,119 from 4,843 on Friday, according to the latest bulletin.

As many as 3,370 patients are in home isolation, down from 2,850 the day before, he said, adding that there are 229 containment zones in the nation’s capital.

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi had hit a record high of 28,867 on January 13 this year during the third wave of the pandemic.

The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6% on January 14, the highest in the third wave of the pandemic. Experts have said that people letting their guard down and traveling during the holiday season are the main reasons behind the latest trend of rising coronavirus cases in Delhi.

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