Delhi on Wednesday reported the highest single-day spike in new Covid-19 cases so far, after 4,039 more patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, according to daily health bulletin.
The Capital – the first Covid-19 hot spot city in the country to control the spread of the virus, but which has seen an increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks – reported 4,039 new cases on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 201,174.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet on Tuesday: “Today, Delhi reported the highest number of cases – 4,039. But it also conducted the highest number of tests – 54,517 against 15,000-20,000 tests till last week. If we were conducting the same number of tests (as last week), today’s cases would be fewer than 1,500. So, don’t be scared by the number of cases.”
11,101 RTPCR/CBNAAT/True Nat tests and 43,416 Rapid antigen tests were conducted today. A total of 19,03,780 tests have been done so far, the Delhi government added.
There are currently 1,72,763 patients who have recovered/discharged/migrated so far including 2,623 patients today.
Despite a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital over the last fortnight, the Delhi government has ruled out the possibility of another lockdown. Health Minister Satyendar Jain told PTI in an interview that the economy “cannot be kept shut for eternity” as the livelihoods of millions depend on it.
Health Organization said is the threshold to show that the transmission of the virus is under control,” said Dr Lalit Kant, former head of the department of epidemiology at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).