Delhi reports 3194 new coronavirus cases, 15 per cent higher than yesterday
New Delhi : Delhi on Sunday registered 3194 new cases of coronavirus, 15 per cent more than the reported on Saturday. During the last 24 hours, one person has lost his life, taking the death toll in the national capital to 25,109. The city logged 2,176 cases on New Year's day -- a 50 per cent spike. The positivity rate rose to 4.59 per cent, according to data from the city's health department.
Under the Graded Response Action Plan or GRAP -- approved in July by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority -- if the positivity rate is over five per cent for two consecutive days a 'Red' alert can be sounded. This would lead to "total curfew" and halting of most economic activities.
January 2 registered the biggest surge in coronavirus cases in Delhi since May 22, 2021. The national capital also ranks on the second number for the omicron virus cases.
The infection rate is also the highest in 7.5 months. Positivity rate was 5.50% on May 20. The number of active coronavirus patients is now 8,397 -- the highest in about seven months.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister addressed a press conference and asked people to remain calm and not panic as the new variant is looking mild with less number of hospitalizations. However, the national capital is prepared in case medical attention is required.
"Only 246 hospital beds were occupied yesterday and all the cases are mild and asymptomatic," Mr Kejriwal said. The number of oxygen beds occupied is 82.
"The Delhi government is prepared with 37,000 beds. I just want to tell you that all new cases are with mild symptoms, asymptomatic, so there is no need to panic," the Chief Minister said.