175 new cases in last 24 hrs, positivity rate rises to 0.44%, Health News, ET HealthWorld


NEW DELHI: The capital recorded 175 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, while the positivity rate rose to 0.44% against 0.34% recorded on Sunday, stated the data shared by Delhi health department.

Another fatality pushed the death toll to 10,911, the authorities said, adding that infection tally currently stood at 6,39,464.

As many as 39,733 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, including 28,048 RT-PCR and 11,685 rapid antigen tests. The active cases rose to 1,404 from 1,335 the previous day, said the health bulletin.

The number of people under home isolation rose to 739 from 691 on Sunday, it said, adding that over 6.27 lakh people have recovered. From February 24-26, daily cases count stood at 200-mark or beyond.

“The increase in positivity rate is a matter of concern. People are moving freely, and in many cases without following Covid-appropriate behaviour. This can lead to rise in cases,” said a senior doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital, adding that the role of mutation in the virus that causes Covid-19 needs to be examined too.

The emergence of Covid-19 caused by newer strains of the virus is a major concern, doctors said, adding that, Delhi needed to be on high alert to detect new clusters of Covid-19 and to carry out tests to rule out any such possibility.

The emergence of newer strains of virus isn’t uncommon, the experts said. However, it is important to map such instances to detect significant changes, which might affect the transmissibility or virulence of the disease, they added

There are a total of 5,721 beds designated for Covid-19 patients in the national capital. Of them, 489 are occupied and 5,232 vacant, the data showed. The occupancy of ICU beds with and without ventilator support is 12% and 9%, respectively.

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