DELHI’S AC­TIVE CASES GO BE­LOW 10,000 FOR 1ST TIME SINCE MAY

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - Jamie Mul­lick let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

NEW DELHI: Ac­tive cases of Covid-19 in Delhi dropped be­low the 10,000-mark for the first time in over two months on Tues­day, the same day that the num­ber of daily deaths also touched a two-month low—two statis­tics that high­light the progress made by the Cap­i­tal in its fight against the pan­demic.

Delhi recorded 674 new Covid-19 cases on Tues­day, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of in­fec­tions in the Cap­i­tal to 139,156, ac­cord­ing to the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s health bul­letin. How­ever, only 9,295 new tests were con­ducted in the day— the low­est num­ber of daily tests in 47 days, pos­si­bly skew­ing the day’s caseload. As of Tues­day, Delhi had 9,897 ac­tive in­fec­tions — the first time since May 29 that ac­tive Covid-19 cases in Delhi dropped be­low 10,000. At their high­est so far, ac­tive cases in Delhi touched 28,329 on June 27.

“I am proud of you, Del­hi­ites. Your ‘Delhi model’ be­ing dis­cussed every­where. But we should not get com­pla­cent and take all pre­cau­tions,” tweeted Delhi CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal.

With 7.1% of its to­tal caseload cur­rently ac­tive, Delhi has the low­est num­ber of ac­tive cases in the coun­try.

AT THEIR HIGH­EST SO FAR, AC­TIVE CASES IN DELHI TOUCHED 28,329 ON JUNE 27, BUT HAVE BEEN ON A STEADY DE­CLINE SINCE

NEWDELHI: Ac­tive cases of the coro­n­avirus dis­ease (Covid-19) in Delhi dropped be­low the 10,000mark for the first time in over two months on Tues­day, the same day that the num­ber of daily deaths also touched a two-month low— two statis­tics that high­light the progress made by the Cap­i­tal in its fight against the pan­demic.

Delhi recorded 674 new Covid-19 cases on Tues­day, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of in­fec­tions in the Cap­i­tal to 139,156, ac­cord­ing to the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s health bul­letin.

How­ever, only 9,295 new tests were con­ducted in the day—the low­est num­ber of daily tests in 47 days.As of Tues­day, of the 139,156 to­tal Covid-19 cases in Delhi, 9,897 were ac­tive. This was the first time since May 29 that ac­tive Covid-19 cases in Delhi dropped be­low 10,000.

At their high­est so far, ac­tive cases in Delhi touched 28,329 on June 27, but have been on a steady de­cline since.

“Ac­tive cases left in Delhi less than 10,000 to­day. Delhi is now at the 14th po­si­tion in terms of ac­tive cases. No of deaths have come down to 12 to­day. I am proud of you, Del­hi­ites. Your ‘Delhi model’ be­ing dis­cussed every­where. But we should not get com­pla­cent and take all pre­cau­tions,” tweeted Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal.

With 7.1% of its to­tal caseload cur­rently ac­tive, Delhi has the low­est num­ber of ac­tive cases in the coun­try.

DROP IN DAILY DEATHS On Tues­day, 12 new deaths were re­ported in Delhi, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties due to Covid-19

to 4,033. This was the low­est num­ber of daily deaths in Delhi in 70 days.

Much like daily cases, new fa­tal­i­ties have been steadily de­clin­ing in the Cap­i­tal over the past month. In the week end­ing on Au­gust 4, 152 deaths were re­ported. This num­ber was 191 for the week end­ing July 28 and 244 on the week end­ing July 21.

Delhi’s biggest Covid-19 treat­ment fa­cil­ity—2,000 bed Lok Nayak hos­pi­tal—has not recorded a sin­gle death for three days in a week. “The CM had tweeted when Lok Nayak hos­pi­tal first re­ported no deaths on July 27. Af­ter that, no death was re­ported at the hos­pi­tal for two more days. The num­ber of deaths has re­duced dras­ti­cally; due to the avail­abil­ity of sev­eral treat­ment op­tions,” said Dr Ku­mar.

Af­ter the fifth con­sec­u­tive day when daily test­ing dropped (it was 9,295 on Tues­day, 10,133 on Mon­day and 12,730 on Sun­day, 18,154 on Satur­day and 19,091 on Fri­day), the weekly av­er­age pos­i­tiv­ity rate of cases in the city has started ris­ing again.

In the week end­ing Tues­day, the city has a lit­tle over 15,000 tests a day, com­pared to nearly 18,000 the week be­fore that.

Deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia said the low test­ing num­bers were be­cause of the long week­end which in­cluded Eid and Rak­sha Band­han. “Test­ing will pick up [Wed­nes­day] on­wards,” he said.

The av­er­age pos­i­tiv­ity rate in Delhi had spiked to a point where nearly a third (31.4% on June 14) of all tests con­ducted were pos­i­tive for Covid-19 around midJune. Since then, this num­ber has dropped al­most daily.

MP Meenakshi Lekhi dis­trib­utes protein pack­ets to med­i­cal staff at Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal in New Delhi.

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