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Delhi sees 917 new Covid cases, 3 more deaths; positivity rate at 19.2%

Delhi on Tuesday reported 917 new Covid cases with a positivity rate of 19.20 percent, the highest in over 200 days, and three more deaths from the infection, according to data shared by the city’s health department.

The capital recorded fewer than 1,000 cases after two weeks.

As of August 1, Delhi had logged 822 cases with a positivity rate of 11.41 percent and two deaths.

The lower number of cases could be attributed to the lower number of tests carried out the previous day – 4,775.

The Delhi government has been conducting about 16,000 to 17,000 tests a day, but officials say people tend to come out less to get tested on Sundays and Official Gazette holidays.

Since August 15 is a public holiday in the Official Journal, the number of visitors to test centers is lower than on other days, it said.

However, the positivity rate was the highest since Jan. 21, when Delhi had recorded a 21.48 percent positivity rate and 12,306 cases and 43 deaths from the viral disease.

Delhi LG VK Saxena on Tuesday appealed for people to adhere to Covid-appropriate behavior as the pandemic is far from over.

Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia urged people to take a precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccines because those who have taken them are safer from infection than others given the slow pace of vaccination with the third dose.

With the new infections and deaths, the number of cases in Delhi rose to 19,86,739 and the death toll to 26,392, the bulletin said.

As of Monday, the capital had reported 1,227 cases with a positivity rate of 14.57 percent, while eight more people died from the disease.

Previously, the city recorded more than 2,000 cases daily for 12 consecutive days. Delhi on Sunday reported 2,162 cases with a positivity rate of 12.64 percent and five deaths.

Nine deaths due to COVID-19 and 2,031 cases were recorded on Saturday, with a positivity rate of 12.34 percent.

As of Friday, there were 10 deaths, the highest in six months, and 2,136 cases, with a positivity rate of 15.02 percent.

The state capital recorded 12 deaths from COVID-19 as of February 13. Delhi on Thursday reported 2,726 new cases, the highest in nearly six and a half months, and six deaths from the viral disease, while the positivity rate remained unchanged at 14.38 percent.

There are 6,867 active cases in the capital, up from 7,519 the previous day.

Up to 5,387 patients are in home isolation, the bulletin said.

Of the 9,416 beds reserved for COVID-19 patients at various hospitals in Delhi, 588 were occupied. Beds in Covid care centers and Covid health centers were empty, it said.

There are 326 security zones in the city, she added.

Amid a spike in cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said last week that although cases were increasing there was no reason to panic as most of them were mild in nature.

Despite the rise in the positivity rate, the city government is not implementing the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) drafted by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority due to low hospital admissions.

The GRAP came into force in August last year and set out measures to be taken by the government in accordance with the positivity rate and bed occupancy for blocking and unblocking various activities.

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi hit a record high of 28,867 on January 13 this year during the third wave of the pandemic.

The city recorded a 30.6 percent positivity rate on Jan. 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic.

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