NEW DELHI: The coronavirus deaths in Delhi have risen to 208, while 660 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported on Friday, the biggest one-off spike here, authorities said.
The total number of cases in the city now amounts to 12,319, they said. The previous highest increase in fresh cases 571 was recorded on May 21. This is the first time in Delhi over 600 Covid-19 cases have been reported in one day. Thursday was the third day in a row that 500 or more fresh cases were registered in the national capital.
In a bulletin released on Friday, the Delhi health department said the death toll for coronavirus infection has risen to 208 and the total number of cases is mounting to 12,319. As many as 5,897 patients have recovered, have been discharged or migrated so far, while there are 6,214 active cases, the department said.
However, it added that the total number of deaths refers to fatalities, with the primary cause of death being found to be Covid-19, according to the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of case sheets received from various hospitals.
Thursday, the total number of cases was 11,659, of which 194 were deaths. Given criticism of “under-reporting” on deaths on Covid-19, the Delhi government had recently issued a standard operating procedure (hospital) and hospitals and other health facilities in the city for reporting coronavirus deaths.
Nationwide, Delhi has the largest number of cases after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. In a press release on the Covid-19 situation, V K Paul, a member of Niti Aayog, said that the Covid-19 outbreak in India has been restricted to restricted areas, with 80 percent of active cases in only five states.
He said about 80 per cent of deaths on Covid-19 have been in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi.
A doctor in a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) dispensary tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, after which the premises at the health facility were sealed, officials said.
“A senior doctor at NDMC HQ – Palika Kendra Dispensary took a Covid-19 test and was found positive today. She lives in the NDMC area and has been placed in the home quarantine with family members,” said a senior NDMC official.
A total of 1,60,255 Covid-19 tests have been conducted to date, the bulletin states. The total number of Covid-19 positive patients during home isolation amounts to 2,881, it says.
According to the Delhi Health Department bulletin, at least 1,835 have been recorded at various hospitals, such as LNJP Hospital, RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (RGSSH) and AIIMS Jhajjhar, out of the currently registered 12,319 cases. It said 169 patients are in the ICU and 27 on ventilators.
The number of containment zones in Delhi has increased to 79 from 64 on Thursday. Six new Covid-19 containment zones were declared in Dwarka and Kapashera area in southwest Delhi, the district administration said. Containment orders were issued on May 21, after about 39 cases of coronavirus were reported in parts of south-west Delhi, including Vikaspuri, Kanganheri village, Palam Colony and Sadh Nagar.
The announcement comes two days after the health department asked all district judges to set up containment zones in their respective areas, according to existing guidelines.
The department’s direction was requested for a discrepancy that showed while the number of coronavirus cases was rising in the city, containment zones were falling.