Delhi sees 2,073 COVID cases peaking at 37 percent, five deaths in a day; positivity skyrockets to 11.64%

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Delhi reported 2,073 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a sharp 37 percent increase from yesterday and the highest in more than a month, according to data shared by the health department.

The spike in cases has boosted the positivity rate of the national capital to 11.64 percent. while five individuals died as a result of the viral illness in the past 24 hours, the data showed. This is the third day at the trot that the positivity percentage has exceeded 10 percent.

This is also the highest positivity rate since January 24, when it was 11.79 percent.

With the new infections on Wednesday, the number of Covid cases in the national capital rose to 19,60,172, while the death toll reached 26,321. A total of 17,815 tests were conducted to detect COVID-19 the previous day, data from the health department shows.

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The positivity rate and daily Covid cases in the city have steadily increased over the past week. Delhi had reported 1,506 Covid cases and three fatalities on Tuesday, while the test positivity rate was 10.69 percent. The day before, the positivity rate was 11.41 percent.

The national capital had registered cases on June 26, 1891.

Delhi registered 1,263 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with a 9.35 percent positivity rate. A day earlier, the city registered 1,333 cases with an 8.39 percent positivity rate, while three people succumbed to the viral illness.

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The city saw 1,245 Covid cases on Friday with a 7.36 percent positivity rate and one fatality. It had registered 1,128 cases on Thursday with a 6.56 percent positivity rate, while no deaths were reported.

Delhi currently has 5,637 active cases, up from 5,006 the day before. As many as 3214 Covid patients are in home isolation.

Out of a total of 9,405 beds available in COVID specialist hospitals in Delhi, only 376 were occupied as of Wednesday. Beds at Covid care centers and Covid health centers were empty, the data showed.

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Delhi has reported some cases of the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, which are highly transmissible, but experts have asked people not to panic because these sub-variants do not cause serious infection.

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi had reached the record 28,867 on January 13 this year during the third wave of the pandemic. The city had registered a 30.6 percent positivity rate on Jan. 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic.