Delhi records new high of 4,036 COVID-19 cases

New Delhi, Sep 9 (UNI) Delhi recorded the sharpest spike of 4,036 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the case tally to 2,01,174, a health bulletin said on Wednesday evening. Some, 20 more patients lost their life, taking the death toll to 4,638.

As per the official data, the active cases now stand at 23,773 while the recovered at 1,72,763. The recovery rate has reached 85.87 per cent and the death rate at 2.31 per cent.

The spike in the cases is more due to enhance testing as a total of 54,716 tests—11,101 RTPCR/CBNAAT/True Nat and 43,416 Rapid Antigen tests–were conducted in the past 24 hours.

The total number of containment zones have also increased and reached 1,226.

As per the bulletin, as many as 8,636 beds are vacant in hospitals, 4,436 in dedicated COVID Care Centre and 156 in dedicated COVID Health Centre.

Till date, the highest single-day spike in Delhi was of 3,947 cases, recorded on June 23. After witnessing a drop in July as well as in early August, the cases have again started rising in the National Capital.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked the authorities to enhance the testing to trace the infected. The government has also open testing camps at several places and done away with the mandatory prescription by a doctor required earlier.

But in parallel, the government is reopening closed services and places to rescue the economy battered from COVID-19 crisis. From Monday, the Delhi metro resumed its services, but in a truncated manner while schools are all set to reopen from September 21 onwards for students from Class IX to XII on voluntary basis.

The National Capital reported first COVID-19 case and death on March 2 and March 11 respectively.


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