New Delhi: Delhi on Saturday registered a massive 50 per cent jump in coronavirus cases at 2,716, with nearly 3.64 per cent of the COVID-19 tests coming back positive – a high positivity rate believed to be one of the first signs of an imminent wave of infections.
The city also recorded one death.
Saturday’s increase is the highest since May 21 when 3,009 cases were reported with a positivity rate of 4.76 per cent, while 252 deaths were also reported that day.
On Friday, on New Year’s Eve, it had recorded 1,796 cases and a positivity rate of 1.73 per cent. As per official data, 1,313 cases were reported on Thursday with a positivity rate of 2.44 per cent.
A huge jump in fresh cases in the last few days in Delhi comes amid a significant spurt in the cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the city.
The death toll from the coronavirus in the city has risen to 25,108.
According to official figures, the number of daily cases on Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday stood at 923, 496 and 331 respectively.
Given the high number of cases, the city has imposed a ‘yellow alert’ – the first of a four-tier system of restrictions that has closed schools, gyms, set 50 per cent occupancy rules for private offices and transit and a night curfew.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said whether there is a need to impose further restrictions in the national capital will be reviewed, though hospital admissions are not worrying so far.
He also said that in view of the current situation, more than 3,000 beds have been prepared for the children.
“Prevention is better than cure and people need to keep themselves safe at all times. It should be our responsibility to wear masks at all times whenever we are going out of our homes, this will help us to stop the spread of coronavirus. ” Jain told reporters.
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