Delhi's daily COVID-19 tally breaches 7000-mark for first time this year; 24 more deaths

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) Delhi recorded 7,437 fresh COVID-19 cases Thursday, the highest single-day surge this year, while 24 more people died due to the coronavirus infection, taking the death toll to 11,157, according to the ciity's Health Department.

The positivity rate also mounted to 8.1 per cent from 6.1 per cent the previous day, as the massive spike in cases witnessed over the past few weeks continues.

This is also the first time that over 7,000 cases have been reported in a day this year.

The daily case count for the past two days was also above 5,000.

The highest single-day spike in Delhi till date -- 8,593 cases -- was reported on November 11, while on November 19, the city recorded 131 COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day fatality since the pandemic began.

On November 27, the city had recorded 5,482 cases and 6,224 cases on November 24 and 7,486 on November 18, as per official data.

A total of 91,770 tests, including 52,696 RT-PCR tests and 39,074 rapid antigen tests, were conducted a day ago, the bulletin said. The number of cumulative cases on Thursday stood at 6,98,005. Over 6.63 lakh patients have recovered from the virus.

As per the latest bulletin, 24 more people died due to the disease, taking the toll to 11,157.

The number of active cases rose to 23,181 from 19,455 a day before.

The number of people under home isolation increased to 11,367 from 10,048 on Wednesday while the number of containment zones mounted to 4,226 from 3,708 a day before, the bulletin said.

Authorities in North West District on Wednesday had issued an order, asking to conduct 'RT-PCR/RAT tests on all persons visiting the dispensaries for their ailments or vaccination with immediate effect'. This order, however, was withdrawn on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the city government on Thursday issued an order to further ramp up the number of beds at LNJP Hospital to 1,500 from 1,000 and that at GTB Hospital to 1,000 from 500.

In another order, the city government said 115 private hospitals having bed strength of 50 or more, or already identified and registered for COVID-related treatment, are directed to reserve at least 50 per cent of their total ICU and wards bed capacity or 1.25 times the Covid ICU and wards beds as on April 8.

Further, these 115 hospitals have the liberty to reserve more beds than required as per the order, it said.

In a separate order, the health department said, in view of the increased cases of COVID-19 here, medical superintendents, medical directors, directors of COVID hospitals are directed to depute sufficient manpower, infrastructure in the holding or triage area with enough oxygen facility to avoid unnecessary wait for completing the admission procedure which may lead to increase in chance of spread of infection further.

It may be ensured that no patient is kept waiting for more than 10 minutes, the order reads.

The city health department also ordered that in view of the rising cases, doctors belonging to dental and Ayush cadres will also be detailed for COVID duties at coronavirus facilities. PTI KND TIR TIR