Wednesday had seen 1,254 new patients and 1,101 cases had been recorded on Tuesday — the first time since December 24 that the number of daily cases crossed the 1,000-mark.
Friday’s 1,534 cases took the total tally to 6,54,276, while the death toll touched 10,987 with nine fresh fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.
The active cases rose to 6051 from 5,497 on Thursday. The positivity rate rose to 1.8% from 1.6% on Thursday.
The positivity rate was 1.5% Wednesday, 1.3% on Tuesday, 1.3% percent on Monday and 1% on Sunday.
The number of people under home isolation has risen to 2,560. The containment zones rose to 1,307 from 1,076 on Thursday, officials said.
The caseload in Delhi on January 1 had stood at over 6.25 lakh and the total fatalities were 10,557.
The number of daily cases had started to come down in February. On February 26, the month’s highest daily count of 256 cases was recorded.
However, the number of daily cases begun to rise again in March and has been steadily increasing over the last few days.
Demand for hospital beds has also gone up with the increase in cases. Data shared on the Delhi Corona app shows 1,244 (22%) beds out of 5742 Covid-19 ones were occupied across the city. The occupancy of Covid-19 ICU beds with and without ventilator support was 27% percent and 25%, respectively.
Health experts and doctors have attributed this “sudden rise” in cases to people turning complacent, not following Covid-appropriate behaviour and “assuming all is well now”.
The next two-three months could be challenging, they said, adding the situation can be kept under control if vaccination is opened up for more people and Covid-19 protocols are strictly adhered to.
Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority had on Tuesday ordered that there will be no public celebrations in the national capital during upcoming festivals such as Holi and Navaratri.