Health worker collects nasal sample from a man for Covid-19 test in Delhi
NEW DELHI: Delhi on Sunday recorded 1,450 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in August. The total death toll reached 4,300. Sunday also saw the number of containment zones going up from 591 to 627.
On Saturday, Delhi had recorded 1,412 fresh Covid-19 cases, the previous highest single-day spike in August. The total number of positive cases now stands at 1,61,466, out of which 1,45,388 have recovered, discharged or migrated, putting the recovery rate at more than 90%.
The number of containment zones in the capital was less than 500 earlier this month, after seeing a major dip from more than 700 red zones in July. The number of zones, however, is slowly on the increase and compared with Saturday, 36 more red zones were added on Sunday.
In many districts, a large number of containment zones ceased to exist after the Union health ministry allowed these red zones to be de-contained 14 days after discharge of the last confirmed positive case instead of the 28 days norm earlier.
“Though the numbers are increasing, district authorities are now planning micro-containment zones that affect very few people compared with the larger zones created earlier,” a state government official said.
The total number of containment zones in Delhi till date is 1,458, out of which 831 have been de-contained, 135 are being scaled down for de-containment and 492 are active containment zones. Southwest district has the most number of red zones – 143, out of which 141 are active red zones. The Southwest district is followed by South (82), North (78) and West (71) districts.
At present, the least number of containment zones — 20 — is in the Northeast district and other districts with less than 30 red zones are North West (23) and New Delhi (26).
According to the state government’s health bulletin, total 18,731 tests — 6,261 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 12,470 rapid antigen tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. A total of 14,31,094 Covid-19 tests have been conducted in the capital and the number of tests per million population is 75,320 in Delhi. The number of active Covid cases went up to 11,778, from 11,594 on Saturday.