Delhi cases dip, Covid-19 positivity rate lowest since October 23

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 positivity rate in Delhi dropped to 7.2% on Saturday, the lowest since October 23, even as a reduced number of fresh cases, 4,998, were detected from a record 69,051 tests. Eightynine more fatalities pushed the city’s death toll to 8,998.

“Since Nov 7, cases and positivity in Delhi are going down… Hope this trend continues. Delhiites and Delhi government together will win over this third wave. Pl continue to observe all precautions,” the CM tweeted.

54% Covid beds available

On October 23, Delhi recorded a positivity rate of almost 7%. It was 8.5% on Friday, 8.7% on Thursday and 8.5% per cent on Wednesday. Positivity rate is the percentage of infections detected out of the total number of tests conducted. A high positivity rate points to inadequate testing, implying that a large number of infections were going undetected.

The seven-day rolling average of daily cases in the capital too had fallen to 5,518 on Saturday, down from 7,341 two weeks ago. Last Saturday, the average was 5,850.

A record 69,051 tests, including 33,147 RT-PCR — the highest till date — and 35,904 rapid antigen tests, were conducted in the past 24 hours for the detection of Covid-19 infections, the state health department said.

According to the bulletin, the total number of coronavirus cases climbed to 5,61,742 on Saturday, of which 5,16,166 had recovered. The tally of active cases in Delhi was 36,578 down from 38,181 on Friday. Delhi has recorded 6,746 cases last Sunday, 4,454 on Monday, 6,224 on Tuesday, 5,246 on Wednesday and 5,475 on Thursday and 5,482 on Friday.

The reduction in new cases has also led to a fall in the occupancy rate of beds designated for Covid-19 treatment in hospitals. Of the total number of 18,397 beds in Covid-19 hospitals, 9,900 (54%) were vacant as of 10 pm on Saturday. The percentage of ICU beds with a ventilator and without a ventilator stood at 17% and 30% respectively.

Health minister Satyendar Jain said Delhi had sufficient infrastructure and equipment to vaccinate its entire population in a few weeks once a Covid-19 vaccine is available.“There is no need to worry about storage of vaccines. We have a large number of healthcare facilities, such as mohalla clinics, poly clinics, and hospitals etc, where a Covid-19 vaccine can be administered to people,” Jain said. “Once a vaccine is available, we can vaccinate the entire population of Delhi in a few weeks,” he said.

Jain added that Delhi should be given priority during the distribution of the vaccine as it is the capital. A three-storeyed building on the premises of Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital has also been identified for storage of Covid-19 vaccines.

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