COVID price in Delhi climbs to 208; highest spike of 660 cases takes total to over 12,000

COVID price in Delhi climbs to 208; highest spike of 660 cases takes total to over 12,000

The coronavirus price in Delhi has mounted to 208, while 660 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday, the most important single-day spike here, authorities said.

The total number of cases within the city now stands at 12,319, they said.

The previous highest spike in fresh cases -- 571 -- was recorded on May 21.

This is the primary time in Delhi that over 600 COVID-19 cases are reported during a day.

Thursday was the third consecutive day that saw 500 or more fresh cases being recorded within the capital .

In a bulletin issued on Friday, the Delhi Health Department said the price from coronavirus infection has risen to 208 and therefore the total number of cases mounted to 12,319.

As many as 5,897 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated thus far , while there are 6,214 active cases, the department said.

It, however, added that the cumulative death figure refers to fatalities where the first explanation for death was found to be COVID-19, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the idea of case sheets received from various hospitals.

On Thursday, the entire number of cases stood at 11,659, including 194 deaths.

Facing criticism for "under reporting" COVID-19 deaths, the Delhi government recently had issued a typical procedure (SOP) for hospitals and other health facilities within the city on reporting fatalities thanks to coronavirus.

Country-wise, Delhi has highest number of cases after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

At a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation, V K Paul, Member of the Niti Aayog, said the COVID-19 outbreak in India has remained confined to limited areas, with 80 per cent of the active cases in only five states.

He said around 80 per cent of the COVID-19 deaths are in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi.

A doctor at a replacement Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) dispensary tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, following which the premises of the clinic were sealed, officials said.

"A senior doctor at the NDMC HQ - Palika Kendra Dispensary took a COVID-19 test and was found positive today. She lives within the NDMC area and has been anesthetize home quarantine with relations ," a senior NDMC official said.

A total of 1,60,255 COVID-19 tests are conducted till date, the bulletin stated.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patients under home-isolation stands at 2,881, it said.

According to the Delhi Health Department bulletin, out of the entire 12,319 cases recorded thus far , a minimum of 1,835 are admitted to varied hospitals like LNJP Hospital, RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) and AIIMS Jhajjhar. It said 169 patients are in ICU and 27 on ventilators.

The number of containment zones in Delhi has been increased to 79, from 64 on Thursday.

Six new COVID-19 containment zones were declared in Dwarka and Kapashera area of southwest Delhi, the district administration said.

The containment orders were issued on May 21 after around 39 cases of coronavirus were reported in parts of southwest Delhi, including Vikaspuri, Kanganheri village, Palam Colony and Sadh Nagar.

The announcement comes two days after the Health Department asked all district magistrates to make containment zones in their respective areas as per the prevailing guidelines.

The department's direction was prompted by a mismatch that showed while the amount of coronavirus cases was on the increase within the city, containment zones were shrinking.