NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Covid-19 tally breached the 2.4 lakh mark with 4,071 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 4,945 on Saturday. Thirty-eight fresh fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, officials said.
According to Delhi government’s health bulletin, 61,973 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases stands at 2,42,899, out of which 2,05,890 patients have either recovered, migrated out or been discharged while there are 32,064 active cases. The case positivity rate stands around 6.6%. The number of containment zones has increased to 1,820, the government said.
The capital ranks fifth among all states in terms of fatalities due to Covid-19 though it’s population is much lesser than states such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where more than 5,000 people had died due to the viral infection. Maharashtra has recorded more than 31,000 deaths due to Covid-19, data shared by the state shows.
More than 60% of ICU beds, with and without ventilator support, in both public and private hospitals designated for Covid-19 are occupied.
On Saturday, 7,096 out of 15,383 Covid beds were occupied. The occupancy of ICU beds with and without ventilator support stood at 61% and 72%, respectively.
Lady Hardinge Medical College, Apollo, Sri Balaji Action, Aakash Healthcare, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and many other private hospitals didn’t have a single vacant bed for Covid-19 patients requiring ICU support.
Health experts stress on the need to follow social distancing measures or wearing masks in public places to avoid a crisis situation. The cases of common flu, typhoid and dengue are also on the rise, doctors say. Public health specialists say the government needs to be very strict and vigilant about wearing masks in public places and social distancing rules.

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