Delhi on Saturday recorded 5,879 new cases of COVID-19 and a positivity rate of 12.90%, while 111 more deaths brought the death toll to 8,270, authorities said.
These new cases come from 45,562 tests carried out on Friday, including 21,845 RT-PCR tests, according to the latest bulletin released by the Delhi health department.
Authorities on Friday said 23,507 RT-PCR tests, the highest date yet, had been performed the day before.
The highest one-day peak to date – 8,593 cases – was recorded on November 11, when 85 deaths were recorded.
No less than 111 deaths were recorded on Saturday, bringing the number in the nation’s capital to 8,270. This is the fourth time in the past 10 days that the daily number of deaths has crossed the 100 mark.
Authorities reported 118 deaths on Friday, 131 on November 18, the highest date yet, and 104 deaths on November 12.
The total active cases on Saturday was 39,741 compared to 40,936 on Friday.
The bulletin said the total number of cases increased to 5,23,117 of which 4,75,103 have recovered.
The number of containment zones in Delhi rose to 4,633 on Saturday from 4,560 on Friday.
A government official said more than 400 intensive care beds have been added at Central and Delhi government-run hospitals in the city over the past five days amid an increase in coronavirus cases.
On Friday, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the gradual reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate is a “clear indicator” that the spread of the virus is declining in the nation’s capital.
“The positivity rate was 15.26% on November 7th. It’s less than 11% now. The maximum number of cases (8,593) was reported on November 10, ”he said.
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