Kovid: 1,109 new cases registered in Delhi, one dead; Positivity rate 5.87%

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A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman for COVID-19 test at a school in New Delhi.

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  • For the last two days, less than 1,000 cases were reported in Delhi.
  • There have also been a few cases of BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Omicron in Delhi.
  • 14,506 new cases of novel coronavirus reported in India with 30 deaths

Cases of Kovid 19: New Delhi on Wednesday reported 1,109 cases of the novel coronavirus, the health department said. For the last two days, less than 1,000 cases were reported in Delhi. The positivity rate is 5.87 percent. Wednesday’s cases were detected out of 18,886 tests conducted the previous day. With the fresh infections, Delhi’s case tally rises to 19,34,009. The death toll from the infection increased to 26,261.

On Tuesday, Delhi had recorded 874 fresh COVID-19 cases and four deaths due to the infection, while the positivity rate stood at 5.18 per cent. The national capital reported 628 Covid cases and three deaths due to the viral disease on Monday, while the positivity rate was recorded at 8.06 per cent. The Health Department did not issue a bulletin on Sunday.

On Saturday, there were six deaths due to Covid in the city, while the positivity rate stood at 7.8 per cent. On Friday, the city recorded 1,447 Covid cases and one death, while the positivity rate stood at 5.98 per cent. Delhi had recorded 1,934 Covid cases and zero deaths on Thursday, while the positivity rate stood at 8.1 per cent.

The department said out of 9,497 beds for Covid patients in city hospitals, only 273 are occupied, down from 292 a day earlier, while beds in Covid care centers and COVID health centers are lying vacant. Doctors say that with the recent increase in the number of Covid cases in Delhi, hospitals are also witnessing a slight increase in admissions, but most of the patients have co-morbid conditions.

There are 4,325 active Covid cases in the capital, up from 4,482 a day ago. A total of 2,958 patients are in home isolation, down from 3,354 a day earlier. There are 383 COVID containment zones in the city, down from 385 on Tuesday. Delhi had recorded 1,060 Covid cases on June 20, while the positivity rate stood at 10.09 per cent. This was the highest positivity rate recorded in the capital since January 24, when 11.8 per cent of those tested turned out to be Covid positive.

Experts have said that people letting their guard down and traveling during the holiday season are the main reasons behind the latest rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi. The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi touched a record high of 28,867 on January 13, during the third wave of the pandemic. The city had recorded a COVID positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic.

Omicron. Cases of the BA.5 Sub-Version

Also, the death toll in a single day was the highest since February 13, when 12 people succumbed to the viral infection. Delhi has also reported a few cases of ba.4 and ba.5 variants of Omicron, which are highly transmissible, but experts have said that there is no need to panic as they do not cause serious infections.

Despite the increase in the positivity rate, the city government has not implemented the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) prepared by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) as hospitalizations are low. The GRAP came into force in August last year, stipulating the measures to be taken by the government for locking and unlocking of various activities according to the positivity rate and bed occupancy.

India’s Covid Tally

India reported 14,506 new cases of the novel coronavirus, with 30 deaths due to the infection in the last 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday (June 29), a total of 11,574 discharges took place in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the overall recovery rate to around 98.57 per cent and the total recovery data to 4,28. 08,666.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India has risen to 99,602, showed data from the Ministry of Health today. The active cases registered yesterday stood at 96,700.

(with inputs from PTI)

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