Delhi records 13 deaths in big­gest sin­gle-day spike; toll reaches 86

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Anonna Dutt let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: With 13 deaths, Delhi recorded high­est num­ber of coro­n­avirus disease (Covid-19) deaths in a sin­gle day on Tues­day, which took the total toll in the city state to 86.

The high­est sin­gle-day Covid-19 toll so far was six deaths, recorded on April 16. To be sure, not all the 13 deaths an­nounced on Tues­day were recorded in the pre­vi­ous 24 hours. And it is likely that this trend could con­tinue as Delhi rec­on­ciles its num­bers with those of the hos­pi­tals, which were this week asked by the gov­ern­ment to en­sure the timely and proper re­port­ing of all Covid-19 deaths.

The bul­letin also shows that with 8,431 tests done on Tues­day, the total num­ber of tests in the city has crossed the 100,000-mark. This puts the num­ber of tests per mil­lion in Delhi at around 5,200, the high­est in In­dia.

On Tues­day, 383 peo­ple re­cov­ered from the vi­ral in­fec­tion, tak­ing the num­ber of re­cov­er­ies to 2,512 so far in the city-state.

This puts Delhi’s re­cov­ery rate at al­most 33%, mir­ror­ing the na­tional av­er­age of about 32%.

All of the 13 deaths recorded on Tues­day were in Lok Nayak hospi­tal, the city’s big­gest Covid-19 treat­ment fa­cil­ity, where only five deaths were recorded since March 2 when Delhi’s first Covid-19 case was re­ported.

These, how­ever, were not the deaths that took place in the hospi­tal on Tues­day, but a back­log of deaths that hadn’t been recorded in the of­fi­cial bul­letin so far.

Last week, there were re­ports that the num­ber of deaths recorded in the health bul­letin did not match what doc­tors at these Covid-19 hos­pi­tals were say­ing, per­cep­ti­bly due to an ac­count­ing prob­lem.

Af­ter the dis­crep­ancy came to light, an or­der on Mon­day from Delhi’s chief sec­re­tary Vi­jay Dev asked all hos­pi­tals to re­port their deaths timely. New stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures re­quired all hos­pi­tals to send in their death re­ports, or ‘Nil’ (no deaths recorded) re­ports, by 5pm ev­ery day. Fol­low­ing this, a three-mem­ber death au­dit com­mit­tee set up by the gov­ern­ment would meet to re­view the num­bers.

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