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1,091 New Covid-19 Cases in Delhi, Lowest Since Aug 24

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The national capital added 1,091 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) this Sunday, the lowest in 125 days, as new infections continued to fall and the positivity rate remained below 2% for the sixth consecutive day.

The city also recorded 26 deaths from the infection, the lowest since Oct. 16, when the state government’s daily health bulletin added 22 deaths. Delhi has now added a daily average of 38 deaths in the past seven days, significantly down from a high of 116 on Nov. 24.

The drop in cases and deaths and the steadily low positivity rate come even as the state government has continued to test around 80,000 Covid-19 tests or more.

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Promisingly, of the 83,289 tests performed on Sunday, the majority (46,001) used the RT-PCR method, which is more accurate than rapid antigen tests, which, although faster, tend to yield false negatives.

Experts have warned that if RT-PCR testing slows down, it could catch the capital off guard if the outbreak begins to resurface.

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Experts consider that the positivity rate, which was 1.31% according to Sunday’s bulletin, is crucial to measure the spread of an infection in society. According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the positivity rate for a region that has a comprehensive testing program must be 5% or less for at least two weeks before it can be considered that the outbreak is under control in the region. .

The daily positivity rate in Delhi has been below 5% for 18 days.

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