Delhi records 13,785 new Covid cases; the positivity rate climbs to 23.86%

Delhi on Wednesday reported 13,785 new cases of COVID-19 and another 35 deaths from the infection, while the positivity rate soared to 23.86 percent, according to data shared by the health ministry.

Earlier today, Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the positivity rate in the nation’s capital was not low enough to lift restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the infection and that the government would monitor the situation for three to four days.

The nation’s capital had recorded 11,684 Covid cases and 38 deaths from the disease on Tuesday, while the positivity rate fell to 22.47%.

The city had reported 12,527 cases and 24 deaths on Monday while the positivity rate was 27.99%.

A total of 57,776 tests were carried out for the infection on Tuesday, compared to 52,002 on Monday.

Of the 57,776 tests, 44,737 were RT-PCR tests while the rest were rapid antigen tests.

Monday’s figure was higher than the 44,762 tests carried out on Sunday.

Responding to a question about the low rate of testing in Delhi, the health minister said no one was being denied a Covid test and authorities were following guidelines issued by the Centre.

“They said high-risk contacts of Covid patients and those with symptoms should be tested. On Tuesday they clarified that tests should also be carried out in certain pockets of the community, which we are doing,” a- he declared.

Delhi had carried out 50,000 to 60,000 coronavirus tests a day for the past six months, he added.

Delhi had recorded 28,867 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, the highest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic.

The number then fell to 24,383 on Friday, 20,718 on Saturday, 18,286 on Sunday, 12,527 on Monday and 11,684 on Tuesday.

The positivity rate stood at 30.6% on Saturday, the highest of the ongoing wave of the pandemic so far.

Delhi’s previous biggest daily jump of 28,395 coronavirus cases was recorded on April 20 last year.

A total of 2,734 Covid patients are admitted to hospitals, including 908 on oxygen support, including 147 on a ventilator.

As of last week, the minister says hospital admissions have stabilized in the nation’s capital and the surge has plateaued.

He also reiterated the fact on Wednesday. He said daily hospital admissions had not increased for a week.

“We have prepared 37,000 Covid beds, of which only 15,600 beds have been released. Only 17% of the beds are occupied, that is why we are not releasing any more beds,” he said.

Jain reiterated that the current wave of the pandemic has peaked and is in decline in Delhi.

“We hope its descent will be as brutal as its rise. Let’s wait a few more days,” he said.

An analysis of government data has shown that the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Delhi in January so far is higher than the number discharged.

On average, 395 Covid patients were admitted to hospitals daily between January 1 and January 17 while 243 patients were discharged daily during the period.

A total of 4,134 patients were discharged from hospitals in the city during the period compared to 6,707 patients who were admitted to these facilities.

The data also shows that the number of admissions was more than double the number of discharges between January 1 and January 7.

The number of containment zones stands at 39,489.

The number of cases rose to 17,47,966 in Delhi while the death toll from the disease rose to 25,460.

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