Over 400 Deaths In Delhi For Second Day; Positivity Rate Falls Below 30%


The national capital has been reporting over 300 daily deaths for well over a week now (File)

New Delhi:

For the second straight day, Delhi reported over 400 Covid deaths on Sunday while the positivity rate – the rate at which people getting tested for Covid receive positive results – dropped below 30 per cent, according to the state health bulletin.

It reported 407 deaths today, a tad behind the 412 deaths on Saturday, the highest so far. The positivity rate stood at 28.33 per cent.

It had reported 412 deaths on Saturday, the highest so far. Delhi on Friday recorded 375 deaths, 395 on Thursday, 368 on Wednesday, 381 on Tuesday, 380 on Monday, 350 on Sunday, and 357 on Saturday last week, according to government data.

The city has so far recorded 11,94,946 cases, of which over 10.85 lakh have recovered. The death count due to the viral disease stands at 16,966, the bulletin said.

A total of 71,997 tests, including 17,510 rapid-antigen tests, were conducted in a day. The city currently has 92,290 active cases, it added.

A significant number of 24,444 patients recovered from the virus during the period.

The number of containment zones in the city has jumped to 42,098 from 39,556 the previous day.

The city’s hospitals have been facing a dire shortage of liquid medical oxygen, beds, and key medicines, with many people dying waiting for treatment.

The Delhi government has also announced that it will extend for another seven days a lockdown it first imposed for a week on April 19 which was subsequently extended by a week on April 25. The current shutdown had been due to expire on Monday but was extended as the number of cases is still rising fast in the city.

The country is battling a deadly second wave of coronavirus which has overwhelmed health facilities and has caused a massive surge in cases. 

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