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Delhi records 107 deaths in one day, the highest daily figure in the capital

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Delhi recorded 107 deaths due to Covid-19 on Thursday, the highest since the pandemic broke out. In the third ongoing wave of infection, the capital has been adding 70 to 80 deaths per day on average. This is the first time that the toll exceeded 100 points. On Wednesday 85 deaths were reported.

In the past 24 hours, Delhi recorded 7,053 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, a day after its daily Covid-19 count surpassed the 8,000 mark. While the number of new infections reported Thursday was less than Wednesday, the number of people being tested also decreased. 64,121 tests were conducted on Wednesday, according to the government bulletin. 60,229 tests were carried out on Thursday. The positivity rate in Delhi is now 11.71 percent. More than 26,000 people are now in home isolation.

Delhi has seen an increase in the number of cases with the onset of winter since the last week of October. The ongoing holiday season has added to this as social distancing rules are being flouted and markets have almost returned to their pre-Covid bustle.

On Thursday, the Delhi High Court allowed the AAP government to reserve 80 percent of beds in private hospital intensive care units for Covid-19 patients.

A bench of judges Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said that the situation in the national capital is quite dynamic and that the state has to be “much more alive” to the circumstances. He also noted that the government is doing everything possible to “unlock things.”

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