Delhi has registered 3,194 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, 15 percent more than Saturday. One person has died, bringing the total number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 25,109. The city recorded 2,176 cases on New Year’s Day — a 50 percent spike. The positivity rate rose to 4.59 percent, according to data from the city’s health department.
According to the Graded Response Action Plan or GRAP – approved in July by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority – if the positivity rate is more than five percent for two consecutive days, a ‘red’ alarm may sound. This would lead to a “total curfew” and the cessation of most economic activities.
Today’s figure is the highest daily increase since May 22. The city has also reported the second highest cases of the highly transmissible Omicron tribe, after Maharashtra.
The infection rate is also the highest in 7.5 months. The positivity rate was 5.50% on May 20. The number of active coronavirus patients is now 8,397 – the highest in about seven months.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said earlier today that although the number of cases is rising rapidly, there is “no need to panic”. Data shows that the impact of the virus is much smaller during this phase than during the second wave, he said.
“Only 246 hospital beds were occupied yesterday and all cases are mild and asymptomatic,” Mr Kejriwal said. The number of occupied oxygen beds is 82.
“The Delhi government is prepared with 37,000 beds. I just want to tell you that all the new cases have mild symptoms, asymptomatic, so there is no need to panic,” the Chief Minister said.
So far, there are 1,621 containment zones in the city.