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Covid-19 in Delhi: Cumulative positive cases cross 1 million

K R Srivats New Delhi | Updated on April 25, 2021

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Records 357 deaths in the last 24 hours on Saturday

Delhi achieved a grim milestone with its total Covid-19 infections surpassing the million mark to touch 10,04,782 cases as of Saturday. In the last 11 days alone, Delhi has added about 250,000 positive cases, sending the entire creaking healthcare infrastructure in the capital into a tailspin amid huge medical oxygen shortage in the city’s ongoing fourth wave.

In the last 24 hours upto Saturday, there were 357 Covid-19 related deaths and 24,103 new cases were reported, the Delhi State Health bulletin issued on Saturday evening showed. The number of tests done on Saturday stood at 74,702.

Test positivity rate came in at 32.27 per cent, reflecting the alarming situation in the capital. Approximatelyone in three tested are reported to be Covid-19 positive. Delhi currently has cumulative positivity rate of 6.01 per cent, a cause of worry given that it is above the 5 per cent mark. There are 24,802 containment zones in Delhi.

Most hospitals in Delhi are reeling with oxygen shortages, turning their back to several patients who are in search of oxygenated beds. The situation is so dire that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday wrote letters (SOS) to Chief Ministers of all States seeking their help to share with Delhi any spare medical oxygen at their end.

On Friday, Delhi had reported 24,331 new Covid-19 cases and 306 Covid-19 related deaths. On Thursday, the capital city had reported 26,169 new cases.

In all, there are 93,080 active cases and 8,97,804 people have recovered. As many as 35455 (67,424 on Friday) beneficiaries took Covid-19 vaccination in the last 24 hours, official data showed.

Delhi— which is not an industrial state— is still not getting its allocated daily quota of medical oxygen of 480 metric tonnes. The city State has been saying that its daily oxygen demand is about 700 metric tonnes.

Published on April 25, 2021

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