Delhi today reported 20,181 new cases of Covid, the highest single-day increase since May last year. The capital also reported 7 deaths in the past 24 hours.
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Delhi’s health minister, Satyendra Jain, had predicted that the city will cross the 20,000 Covid case mark today.
The positivity rate has increased to 19.60 percent.
On Friday, Delhi reported 17,335 new cases of Covid, the highest single-day rise since May 8, while the city registered 15,097 infections on Thursday.
1,02,965 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests to 3,33,807,074. Of the one lakh-odd tests performed, 79,946 were RT-PCR tests and 23,019 rapid antigen tests.
The number of active cases stands at 48,178 of which 25,909 are patients in home isolation; the recovery rate is 95.19 percent.
According to the state health bulletin, there are 1,586 patients in special Covid hospitals. Of these, 106 are Covid suspects, while 1,480 are confirmed Covid patients.
Of the patients admitted to these hospitals, 1308 are from Delhi and 172 from various states. 375 of them are on oxygen support and 27 of them are on ventilator. and another 279 Covid patients are in ICU.
About 88.76 percent of beds in Covid specialty hospitals are empty, the bulletin said. In Covid care centers, 84.85 percent of beds are empty.
Covid cases across the country have also risen exponentially, with the country reporting 1,41,986 new cases of COVID-19 today, a week after the country passed 10,000, as the virus continued to spread at an unprecedented rate, largely powered by the Omicron variant is now present in 27 states.
The country’s zero R value indicating the spread of the infection is 2.69, higher than the 1.69 recorded during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India’s main medical body, has said that “the Omicron variant is the main circulating strain”. “It’s a forest fire now,” health experts warn of the rise in coronavirus cases in the national capital.