Delhi reported 799 new coronavirus cases and three related deaths on Monday — the single-day fatality count highest in over two months — while the positivity rate dropped to 4.94 per cent, showed the data shared by the health department here.
The city had logged three Covid deaths on March 7 and four fatalities due to the disease on March 4.
A total of 16,187 tests to detect coronavirus were conducted in Delhi a day before, it stated.
With the new cases, Delhi’s overall COVID-19 infection tally rose to 18,95,053, while the death toll stands at 26,182, the data showed.
Delhi logged 1,422 Covid cases and nil death due to the disease on Sunday, while the positivity stood at 5.34 per cent.
The city saw 1,407 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 4.72 per cent and two deaths on Saturday.
It had on Friday logged 1,656 COVID-19 cases, highest since February 4, while the positivity rate stood at 5.39 per cent.
There are 5,369 active cases in the capital. The number of containment zones has risen to 1,935, according to the latest health bulletin.
The hospitalisation rate has so far been low, accounting for less than three per cent of the total number of active cases, it stated.
Currently, 175 COVID-19 patients and seven suspected cases, are admitted in Delhi hospitals, while 4,395 are recuperating in home isolation, the bulletin stated.
Of the 9,590 beds for COVID-19 patients in various hospitals, only 182 (1.9 per cent) are occupied, it stated.
The spurt in COVID-19 cases and the test positivity rate in Delhi over the last few weeks does not suggest the onset of a new wave, but people should keep basic mitigation measures in place to prevent the spread of the infection, experts have said.
Eminent epidemiologist Dr Chandrakant Lahariya had earlier said the test positivity rate is stagnant, and it means the infection is spreading at the same rate and that there is no wave. PTI GVS CK
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