Delhi Records 20,181 Covid Cases, Positivity Rate At 19%: 10 Points
Delhi Covid cases: Some 88.76 per cent beds in Covid dedicated hospitals are vacant
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Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had predicted that the city will cross the 20,000-mark in Covid cases today.
The positivity rate has climbed to 19.60 per cent.
On Friday, Delhi reported 17,335 fresh Covid cases, the highest single-day rise since May 8 while on Thursday the city registered 15,097 infections.
Over the last 24 hours, 1,02,965 tests have been conducted, taking the total number of tests to 3,33,87,074. Of the one lakh-odd tests conducted, 79,946 were RT-PCR and 23,019 were rapid antigen tests.
The number of active cases stands at 48,178 of which 25,909 patients are in home isolation; the recovery rate stands at 95.19 per cent.
According to the state health bulletin, there are 1586 patients in dedicated Covid hospitals. Out of these, 106 are Covid suspect while 1,480 are confirmed Covid patients.
Out of the patients admitted to these hospitals, 1308 are from Delhi while 172 are from various states. 375 of them are on oxygen support and 27 out of them are on ventilator. and another 279 Covid patients are in the ICU.
Some 88.76 per cent beds in Covid dedicated hospitals are vacant, said the bulletin. In Covid care centres, it said, 84.85 per cent beds are empty.
The Covid cases across the country too have risen exponentially, with the nation reporting 1,41,986 new cases of COVID-19 today, a week after the country crossed the 10,000 mark, as the virus continued to spread at an unprecedented pace, largely driven by the Omicron variant now present in 27 states.
The country's R naught value that indicates the spread of the infection is 2.69, higher than the 1.69 recorded during the peak of the pandemic's second wave. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India's top medical body, has said that "the Omicron variant is the predominant circulating strain". "It's a wildfire right now", health experts have cautioned as far as the surge in coronavirus cases in the national capital is concerned.