NEW DELHI: For the second day in a row, the capital recorded more than 40 Covid-19 deaths, taking the total fatalities due to the pandemic in Delhi to 5,235. On Saturday, the city recorded 46 Covid-19 deaths, the highest in a day since July 16 when 58 deaths were reported.
Health minister Satyendar Jain, however, said the fatality rate in the capital was 0.9% in the last 10 days and the rise in cases was the result of massive increase in testing. On Sunday, Delhi recorded 3,292 fresh cases, taking the total number of positive cases beyond 2.7 lakh. In the last 24 hours, 3,739 patients have recovered, taking the total recovery count to 2.3 lakh.
Referring to the low fatality rate, Jain said, “We do not look at the figures for a single day. The patients who have succumbed are not those who tested positive for Covid in a day. These are people who tested positive 15-20 days ago. That is why we take the average of 10 days.”
With the number of patients recovering from Covid-19 higher than new cases in the last three days, the active Covid-19 cases in Delhi have come down to 29,228 from 31,125 on Thursday.
The overall recovery rate stands at 87.2 per cent, while the positivity rate stands at 6.4 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 51,416 tests were conducted, including 11,414 RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat and 40,002 rapid antigen tests.
The health minister said the occupancy of beds in Delhi hospitals had declined in the last five days and 55 per cent of the beds were unoccupied. A three-member committee constituted by the state government to audit Covid-19 deaths daily covers all hospitals and the report is satisfactory, he added. “There were a few glitches, which have been ironed out. There was a time when the fatality rate was at 4% but it has remained below 1% in the last 10 days.”
The number of containment zones in the capital went up to 2,380 from 2,231 on Saturday.
“We have tripled the number of tests and those who tested positive were isolated in small containment zones to contain the spread. We knew we would have to do it aggressively for two to four weeks and we are seeing positive results now as the cases are declining,” the health minister said.
“Wherever cases were reported, there is a slowdown now. In the last seven days, cases and positivity rate have declined. The positivity rate in the last seven days has been 6.5 per cent. Two weeks ago, it was 8.5 per cent and three weeks ago, 9 per cent,” Jain added.

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