Delhi Records 1141 New Covid Cases in the past 24 hours.
Delhi today reported 1,141 new coronavirus cases and 139 deaths in the past 24 hours, a steady decline in recent days as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the capital will begin to gradually unblock from Monday.
Active cases in the city fell below 15,000, the lowest level since April 4. The positivity rate is at a low of 1.59 percent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the Covid positivity rate below 5 percent is within the safe zone. Experts have said the drop in cases can be attributed to the shutdown in the capital, which will run until 5 a.m. on May 31. Kejriwal had announced a shutdown on April 19 after the city had recorded more than lakhs of cases five days in a row until then.
“In the last 24 hours, the positivity rate has been around 1.5 percent with only 1,100 new cases reported. This is the time to unlock so that people don’t escape the crown only to starve to death.” Kejriwal said when announcing the easing of the restrictions.
The capital suffered the brunt of the second wave of the deadly virus that hit the country last month. Delhi ran out of supplies and the medical infrastructure collapsed even as patients were admitted to hospitals, many died due to lack of oxygen or even a bed.
Devastating photographs of defenseless families running from pillar to post surfaced, people’s despair made headlines around the world. As deaths increased in the capital, crematoria faced immense pressure. Delhi residents turned to makeshift facilities that carried out mass burials and cremations for the last rites of their dead.
Delhi has so far recorded more than 14.23 lakh of Covid cases and 23,951 deaths since the outbreak in early 2020.
The recovery rate is now 97.29% and the mortality rate 1.68%.
Around 2,800 patients recovered in the last day, bringing the total number of recoveries to more than 13.85 lakh.
More than 71,000 Covid tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in Delhi.