Corona cases in Delhi: Covid cases dip due to fewer tests on Holi | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: There were 992 new Covid-19 cases recorded on Tuesday. The low numbers were on account of fewer tests conducted on Holi, officials said, adding that the situation was still serious.
Over the past 24 hours, 36,757 tests (28,618 RT-PCR and 8,139 RAT) were carried out against a daily average of 73,305 last week. The positivity rate remained high at 2.7%. Data suggests that Delhi is headed for another spike in cases.
In February first week, 134 cases were recorded daily. From March 22 to 28, 1,390 cases were seen daily on average, more than 10 times the number reported in February first week. Fatalities have also risen significantly. On Tuesday, four deaths took the total figures to 11,016. The number of active cases, which had reduced to less than 1,500 in February first week, has gone up to 7,429, leading to a surge in demand for hospital beds.
Data shared on Delhi Corona app showed that 1,608 (28%) of 5,797 Covid-19 beds were occupied. The occupancy of ICU beds with and without a ventilator was 32% (254 out of 785) and 30% (374 out of 1,225), respectively.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the number of beds was being increased at a few hospitals in view of the increase in cases. “In view of Covid situation developing in Del, no. of normal and ICU beds reserved for Covid is being increased in a few hospitals. This will improve bed availability. We are keeping a close watch and will take all steps necessary. There is nothing to worry. But pl follow all precautions (sic),” he tweeted.
Last week, health minister Satyendar Jain had dismissed the possibility of imposing another lockdown saying it was not a solution to check the spread of the novel coronavirus. He said there were enough hospital beds for patients and they could be increased if the need arose. There are over 4,000 patients under home isolation.
“Non-adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour has put us in crisis once again. I fear that the cases may go up further in the coming week,” said a health department official, adding that the presence of mutated variants of the virus was also a cause for concern.
Dr Vinay Aggarwal, former president of Indian Medical Association, said, “We need to speed up vaccination. At the current rate, it will take months to vaccinate even those who are at the highest risk of severe complications and death.”

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