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Delhi Sees 758 New Covid-19 Cases, Lowest Since Aug 16

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A day after Delhi reported more than 1,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), new infections in the national capital registered a sharp drop on Friday. The city recorded 758 new cases of Covid-19, the lowest in more than four months, the latest government health bulletin showed. Delhi had recorded 787 cases on August 17 and 652 infections on August 16. With the latest increase, Delhi’s Covid-19 count reached 621,439, the bulletin showed.

The data showed that 1,370 patients recovered from coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of recoveries in Delhi to 603,758 or 97.15% of all cases. During the same period, the disease claimed 30 more lives, bringing the death toll to 10,414 or 1.67% of all cases. Active cases, meanwhile, fell further to 7,267 or 1.17% of the case burden. The data also showed that 3,762 people were in home isolation, their number decreased by 176, while that of those currently in hospitals also decreased, and is currently 2,747, a decrease from 161.

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The latest number of positive cases from Delhi was 85,749 tests in the past 24 hours, the data showed. This is 4,171 less than the previous test mark of 89,920 of which a total of 1,063 positive cases were reported Thursday.

The pandemic situation in the city, which emerged as the epicenter of the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country during the holiday season last month, has improved considerably. At a press conference last week, Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi “appears to have overcome the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Kejriwal had said during his virtual conference that since a peak of 8,600 cases per day in November, the capital’s Covid-19 situation appears to have “improved significantly.”

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On Thursday, the prime minister said that around 5.1 million people will be the first in line for the vaccination in Delhi, when it starts. Kejriwal added that Delhi’s current storage capacity was 7.4 million doses, which he claimed would expand to 11.5 million in a week.

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