NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded 1,118 fresh Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours, authorities said on Saturday.
The city has so far recorded a total of 1,36,716 coronavirus cases, of which 1,22,131 patients have either recovered or migrated, they added.
There are 10,596 active cases in the national capital currently, of which 5,560 are under home isolation.
The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 3,989, according to the latest Delhi health department bulletin.
As many as 5,140 RTPCR tests and 13,014 rapid-antigen tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. A total of 10,50,939 tests have been conducted till date – 55,312 tests for a population of 10 lakh – the bulletin said.
Over the last week, the number of new cases has grown by less than one per cent every day.
The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has increased to over 89 per cent in Delhi, the bulletin said.
The positivity rate in the last 24 hours was 6.15 per cent.
Meanwhile, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the status of containment zones in Delhi. The number of containment zones has been scaled down from 715 on July 27 to 496 on July 31.
The move has reduced the number of people contained from 3,48,099 on July 27 to 1,06,211 on July 31.
Delhi now 12th among states, UTs in number of active Covid-19 cases: Health minister Satyendar Jain
The national capital is now on 12th position among states and union territories in terms of active cases of Covid-19, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said on Saturday.
However, people still need to be very vigilant and practise social distancing and hand hygiene, he said while interacting with reporters.
“Delhi now stands at 12th position in the country. It was on the second position a month-and-a-half ago. The number of active cases in Delhi now stands at 10,705 (as on Friday),” he said.
On July 25, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that in terms of active cases Delhi’s ranking has improved to eighth from second.
Jain said on Saturday the rate of doubling of cases in Delhi at present is around 50 days while “it is probably 32 days on an average nationally”.
To a question on the effectiveness of lockdown in curbing the spread of the disease, he said, cases rose even during the lockdown. “So, people have to be vigilant as the economy slowly opens up.”
About the decision of Delhi Lt governor Anil Baijal to not allow operation of hotels and weekly bazaars under ‘Unlock 3.0’, Jain said it should be allowed.
“Nearby places where more cases are being reported, there it is being allowed. Cases in Delhi are slowly falling, but here it is not being allowed,” he rued.
He said, of the total beds earmarked for Covid-19 patients, about 20 per cent that is 2,932 are occupied (as on Friday).
According to a bulletin issued by the Delhi government’s health department on Saturday evening, the city recorded 1,118 fresh cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours taking the tally to over 1.36 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 3,989.
The active cases tally on Saturday was 10,596, down from 10,705 the previous day.
On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947, till date.

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