With over seven lakh Covid cases, Delhi is the sixth most affected among states and UTs in the country. Maharashtra tops the list with over 32 lakh cases, followed by Kerala (11.6 lakh), Karnataka (10.6 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (9.2 lakh) and Tamil Nadu (9.3 lakh) In terms of fatalities reported, Delhi stands fourth in the country with 11,235 deaths. Maharashtra has reported over 57,000 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu (12,886) and Karnataka (12,849).
Till March second week, the positivity rate of Covid-19 tests in the capital was less than 1%. However, it started increasing exponentially from March 22. On March 23, the daily tally crossed the 1,000 mark. On April 1, the city reported 2,790 cases. Since then, the tally has been increasing by nearly a thousand daily. On Friday, the number of cases in a day was recorded at 8,521, second highest till date, with more than 1 lakh samples being tested.
Saturday’s drop in number of cases could be a result of reduced tests. According to the state health bulletin released by the Delhi government, a total of 77,374 tests, including 43,473 RT-PCR tests and 33,901 rapid antigen tests, were conducted a day ago, of which 10.21% came positive. The number of active cases rose to 28,773 from 26,631. The number of people under home isolation increased to 15,266 from 13,188 on Friday, while the number of containment zones went up to 5,236 from 4,768 a day before, the health bulletin said.
Health minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday had warned that the number of new cases “could cross” the last single-day spike record registered in November, given the pace of the spread ofthe infection.
During the surge in Covid cases, swiftness of the process is a must. In view of the same, in addition to CDMOs, all medical superintendents and directors of Delhi government hospitals dedicated for Covid are now authorised to issue oxygen concentrators to discharged patients, Jain tweeted. The health minister also shared a copy of the government order issued to all staterun hospitals stating that the tenure of presently working senior resident and junior residents will be extended for six months. In addition, candidates will be hired for vacant posts, he added.
The Delhi government has also directed its hospitals to engage fourth- and fifth-year MBBS students, interns and BDS doctors to meet the increased demand for manpower. “We hope to fight this surge soon,” Jain added.