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Delhi records 946 COVID-19 cases, 78 deaths

The positivity rate in the National Capital has increased slightly to 1.25 per cent while the fatality rate stands at 1.69 per cent.

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New Delhi: Delhi registered 946 cases of COVID-19 and 78 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, a health bulletin said here on Sunday.

The positivity rate in the National Capital has increased slightly to 1.25 per cent while the fatality rate stands at 1.69 per cent.

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The peak of the positivity rate during the second wave in Delhi was 36 per cent on April 22. The active cases have come down to 12,100 as a total of 1,803 patients recovered in the past day.

The fresh cases came from a total of 75,444 tests, comprising 53,259 RT PCR/CBNAAT/True Nat and 22,181 rapid antigen tests, conducted in the last 24 hours.

The total cases in Delhi have reached 14,25,592 while the death toll has surged to 24,151.

As per the official data, 19,840 COVID beds are available in hospitals, 6,122 in dedicated COVID Care Centre, and 552 in dedicated COVID Health Care Centres. At the peak of the second wave in April, only 5-6 per cent of beds were vacant on many days.

The health bulletin said 53,918 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the past day, which included 38,784 first dose recipients and 15,134 who were administered with a second dose.

The Delhi government started vaccinating the population between 18-45 years from May 1 but fighting for vaccine doses since May 22.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has floated a global tender for the procurement of anti-COVID-19 vaccines.

The ongoing COVID-19-induced lockdown will be relaxed for construction work and operation of factories from May 31 onwards, Mr Kejirwal has said.

Delhi was placed under a six-day lockdown on April 19. As infections and deaths continued to spike and pushed the city’s health infrastructure past its limits, the lockdown was extended several times.

As per the data of the last seven days, Delhi recorded 956 cases and 122 deaths on Saturday, 14,141 cases and 139 deaths on Friday; 1,072 cases and 117 deaths on Thursday; 1,491 cases and 130 deaths on Wednesday; 1,568 cases and 156 deaths on Tuesday; 1,550 cases and 207 deaths on Monday.

It has recorded its highest single-day spike of 28,395 COVID-19 cases on April 20.

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