Over 25K COVID cases in Delhi, 161 deaths; positivity rate soars to 30 pc

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New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) Delhi on Sunday recorded the biggest jump in its daily COVID-19 tally with 25,462 fresh cases, while the positivity rate shot up to 29.74 per cent -- meaning almost every third sample being tested in the city is turning out to be positive.

Authorities reported 161 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours.

A day ago, 24,375 COVID-19 cases and 167 deaths were reported in the city.

With the fresh cases, the national capital's cumulative tally has risen to 8,53,460. The death toll stands at 12,121, according to the latest bulletin.

A total of 85,620 tests, including 56,015 RT-PCR tests and 29,605 rapid antigen tests, were conducted the previous day, the bulletin said.

So far, over 7.66 lakh patients have recovered in Delhi, it added. The number of active cases in the city increased to 74,941 from 69,799 the day before, the bulletin stated.

The number of people under home isolation increased to 34,938 from 32,156 on Saturday, while that of containment zones mounted to 13,259 from 11,235 the day before, it said.

Of the 17,514 beds available for coronavirus patients in Delhi, 3,627 are vacant, it said.

Earlier during the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said less than 100 ICU beds were available in the city.

Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to reserve at least 7,000 central government hospital beds out of the 10,000 in Delhi for COVID patients.

The Delhi government in the next 2-3 days will come up with 6,000 beds with oxygen facility at Yamuna Sports Complex, Radha Swami Satsang Beas premises and schools, he said The CM also said that Delhi is facing 'acute shortage' of oxygen for COVID patients and alleged the quota of the city has been 'diverted' to other states.

The chief minister also wrote a letter to Union Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal urging him to ensure 'uninterrupted' supply of 700MT of oxygen on daily basis and restore supply of 140MT of oxygen by a supplier INOX. PTI GV AAR AAR