COVID-19: Delhi records 4,001 cases, death toll mounts to 6,604; positivity rate at 11 pc

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New Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) Delhi recorded 4,001 COVID-19 cases on Monday and a positivity rate of around 11 per cent, with the Centre attributing the sudden surge in incidences here in the last few days to greater movement of people in the festive season and laxity in following safety norms.

These fresh cases came out of the 36,665 tests conducted on the previous day.

Delhi had recorded over 5,000 daily cases for five days on the trot, ending Sunday when the count stood at 5,664. The highest single-day spike till date here -- 5,891 cases -- was recorded on Friday.

Forty-two new fatalities were recorded on Monday, pushing the death toll in the national capital to 6,604, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

The active cases tally stands at 33,308, as per the bulletin.

The bulletin said that the total number of cases has climbed to 3,96,371 and the positivity rate stood at 10.91 per cent. The Home Ministry in a statement also emphasised that Metro rail travel should be carefully regulated as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

'The recent surge in the number of active cases was attributed to the festival season, which has witnessed greater movement of people, accompanied by laxity in adhering to the basic principles of safe COVID behaviour,' the statement said.

The number of containment zones in Delhi increased to 3,416 from 3,359 on Sunday, the bulletin said.

Also, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds with ventilators at most top private hospitals in Delhi have already been fully occupied, amid this massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the last few days, according to official data.

The online 'Corona Dashboard' of the Delhi government showed that at 5:20 PM, out of 1,244 ICU beds with ventilator facility, only 394 were vacant.

The sudden spike in cases comes amid the festive season and rising pollution level. While Durga Puja celebrations ended on October 25, the next festival is Diwali and Chhath in November.

The National Centre for Disease Control in a report drafted recently had warned that Delhi needs to be prepared for about 15,000 fresh cases of COVID-19 per day taking into account the upcoming winter season-related respiratory problems, large influx of patients from outside and festive gatherings.

The the recovery rate on Saturday was over 89 per cent, the bulletin said.

Out of the total number of 15,789 beds in COVID hospitals, 9,113 are vacant, it stated.

The bulletin said that 553 beds in COVID care centres are occupied by persons under quarantine, including travellers who have returned by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights.

The Delhi government has significantly ramped up testing in the past few days, with the count on several times crossing the 60,000-mark.

The number of Rapid Antigen Tests conducted on Sunday stood at 25,528 while the RT-PCR, CBNAAT and True NAAT tests figures were 11,137 in all adding to 36,665, according to the bulletin.

The number of tests done per million, as on Sunday was over 2.5 lakh while the total number of tests stood at over 47.6 lakh.

The bulletin said that 3,56,459 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated so far.

Since September, daily cases had begun to rise in the city. From the last week of September, it had stated to come down a bit.

The number of people in home isolation rose to 21,634 compared to 20,732 the previous day. PTI KND ACB BUN ANB ANB