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Delhi records 1,964 Covid cases, 8 deaths; positivity rate at 9.42%

Delhi on Thursday recorded 1,964 fresh COVID-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 9.42 per cent, while eight more people died of the viral disease, according to data shared

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Delhi on Thursday recorded 1,964 fresh COVID-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 9.42 per cent, while eight people died of the viral disease for the second consecutive day, according to data shared by the city health department.

With this, Delhi's caseload went up to 19,90,355 and the death toll to 26,408, as per the latest bulletin.

The fresh cases came out of 20,844 tests, the bulletin said.

Eight fatalities and 1,652 cases of Covid were logged on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 9.92 per cent. It had come down to below 10 per cent after more than a fortnight.

The capital had on Tuesday reported 917 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 19.20 per cent and three deaths due to the infection.

On Monday, the city had logged 1,227 cases with a positivity rate of 14.57 per cent, while eight people died due to the disease. Before this, the city logged more than 2,000 cases daily for 12 consecutive days.

Delhi on Sunday reported 2,162 cases with a positivity rate of 12.64 per cent and five fatalities. A day before, it logged nine deaths due to COVID-19 and 2,031 cases with a positivity rate of 12.34 per cent.

On Friday, the city saw 10 deaths, the highest in six months, and 2,136 cases with a positivity rate of 15.02 per cent.

The national capital recorded 12 deaths due to COVID-19 on February 13.

There are 6,826 active cases in the capital, up from 6,809 the previous day.

As many as 4,323 patients are in home isolation, the bulletin said.

Of the 9,417 beds reserved for COVID-19 patients in various Delhi hospitals, 559 were occupied. Beds at Covid care centres and Covid health centres were lying vacant, it said.

There are 313 containment zones in the city, it added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently said though the cases were on the rise, there was no need to panic as most of them were mild in nature.

Despite the rise in the positivity rate, the city government is not implementing the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) devised by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority as hospital admissions are low.

The GRAP came into force in August last year, stipulating measures to be taken by the government in accordance with the positivity rate and bed occupancy for locking and unlocking of various activities.

The number of daily cases in Delhi touched the record high of 28,867 on January 13 this year during the third wave of the pandemic. The city recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic.

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First Published: Aug 18 2022 | 9:22 PM IST

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