Covid-19: 412 deaths in Delhi; cumulative toll 16,500, 2nd highest after Maharashtra | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The daily toll of Covid-19 in Delhi breached the 400-mark on Saturday with 412 more people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours.
This is the highest number of deaths recorded in the city till date. Earlier, on April 29, Delhi had recorded 395 deaths due to the viral illness.
The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the national capital has reached 16,559, which is the second-highest in the country after Maharashtra, where 69,615 people have succumbed to the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
From April 1 to May 1, Delhi has recorded 6,262 deaths, averaging 202 fatalities daily. In March, the average death reported daily was around four.
The number of new cases reported on Saturday was 25,219, which is lower than Friday’s 27,047 cases. This could be due to decrease in testing.
In the last 24 hours, data shared by the state health department shows, 79,780 tests were conducted compared to 82,745 tests recorded on Friday.
Active cases near a lakh, over half in home isolation
In April second week, the city conducted over one lakh tests, of which nearly 70,000 tests were done using RT-PCR, which is considered the gold standard for testing.
The positivity rate of Covid-19 is around 32% meaning one in every three people getting it are positive for the disease.
The total number of active cases stands at 96,747. The availability of oxygen and
ICU beds remains scarce. Data shared by the state health department shows 52% of the active cases are recuperating under home isolation.
The number of patients admitted in various hospitals is 25,146, which is 26% of the total active cases. Despite that, there are very few vacant beds.
“ICU beds are difficult to get not just in Delhi but even the neighbouring states. We have expanded our capacity and are working extra hours to save as many lives as possible,” Dr Sandip Bhattacharya, director, critical care, at Asian Institute of Medical Sciences Faridabad, said.
He added that many young people are also developing serious complications due to the disease.
Public health specialists say a strict lockdown is needed in areas with a high positivity rate to reduce the cases and, therefore, the pressure on hospitals.
“Our health infrastructure is overstretched. Doctors are facing burnout and mental trauma handling so many cases. But they are still continuing to work to be able to save as many lives as possible,” Dr Ritu Arora from Lok Nayak Hospital said.

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