Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Delhi: 5,023 new cases, toll crosses 7,000 with 71 fatalities in 24 hours – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to Covid-19 in Delhi crossed the 7,000 mark to reach 7,060 with 71 more people succumbing to the disease on Monday. This is the second highest single-day toll recorded in the last 24 hours in all states and union territories across the country. Maximum 85 fresh fatalities were recorded in Maharashtra.

The number of new cases, which has been in the excess of 6,000 daily for the last one week, came down to 5,023 on Monday. This could be because only 39,115 people underwent Covid-19 tests in the last 24 hours as against an average of nearly 60,000 tests conducted daily from Monday to Saturday. The positivity rate – number of positive cases from those tested – continues to be over 12% in the national capital.

There are 39,795 active cases, according to the health bulletin issued by the state government. Of them, 25,231 (63%) are under home isolation while the rest (14,564) are undergoing treatment at various hospitals and Covid care centres.

Doctors say due to air pollution, more people are developing severe symptoms and succumbing to the infection. “Covid-19 damages the lungs mainly, in addition to the other organs. Pollution also affects the respiratory tract. Those with a history of illnesses, such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease, aren’t able to recover easily if they get Covid-19,” said a senior doctor. He added that strict enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour was the only way to save lives.

“So many people are moving around without a mask in markets. Many of them may be asymptomatic Covid-19 cases. If people wear masks, the risk of disease spread will reduce. Also, people who have weaker immunity due to pre-existing illnesses should avoid going to crowded places unless it is for an emergency,” doctors say.

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