217 new cases, zero deaths; positivity rate dips to 0.33%, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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New Delhi: Delhi recorded no new Covid-19 fatality on Tuesday, even as 217 new cases pushed the city’s infection tally to 6,39,681. The positivity rate fell from 0.44% on Monday to 0.33%, the health department said.

Tuesday’s 217 cases resulted after 66,624 Covid tests conducted on Monday, including 42,632 RT-PCR and 23,992 Rapid Antigen Tests. On Monday, 175 new cases were reported. Seventy-eight more people have recovered, taking the total count to over 6.27 lakh, an official said.

Of the 5,721 Covid beds, only 544 are occupied, data shows. The occupancy of ICU beds with and without ventilator support is 12% and 9%, respectively.

“We need to continue wearing masks and sanitising hands regularly to reduce the disease spread. Unfortunately, we are seeing many people not following any of the two preventive measures strictly, a major cause of spurt in cases,” said a senior doctor at Safdarjung Hospital.

The role of mutation in novel coronavirus needs to be examined too, he added. The new cases caused by newer strains is a major concern, doctors say, adding that Delhi needs to be on high alert to detect new Covid clusters and carry out tests to rule out any such possibility. The emergence of newer strains isn’t uncommon, but their mapping is important to detect significant changes that may affect the transmissibility or virulence of the disease, experts said.



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