Delhi on Tuesday registered 21,259 new coronavirus cases, an almost 11% increase from Monday’s tally of 19,166 infections. The city reported 23 deaths, the highest since June 13.
The city’s positivity rate also rose marginally from 25% on Monday to 25.65% on Tuesday. This is the highest positivity rate for Delhi since May 5, according to NDTV.
Delhi currently has 74,881 active cases, of which 2,161 patients are in hospitals. As many as 523 patients are in intensive care unit wards, while 84 are on ventilator support, government data showed.
However, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ruled out imposing a lockdown in the city, ANI reported on Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has issued an advisory asking all hospitals to ensure that coronavirus patients with comorbidities are treated by specialists, reported PTI. The advisory noted that the city had reported 70 deaths from medical facilities since the last week of December.
Amid an uptick in cases for last two weeks, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday morning ordered the closure of all private offices in the Capital and urged the employees to work from home. Earlier, private offices were allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
On Monday, the authority had decided to shut down restaurants and bars in the city. Only take away facility will be allowed at these outlets. The authorities also decided that only one weekly market will be allowed to operate every day in each zone of the city.
Cases rise in Kerala, West Bengal
On Tuesday, Kerala reported 9,066 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Mathrubhumi. The single-day caseload was 56.39% higher than Monday’s tally of 5,797 infections. The state health department added 277 deaths to the toll under the government’s revised rules to certify Covid-19 fatalities. On Tuesday, the toll stood at 50,053.
Meanwhile, West Bengal recorded 21,098 new infections, taking the state’s tally since the pandemic broke out in January 2020 to 17,95,430, reported PTI. Tuesday’s infection count was 9.39% higher than Monday’s count of 19,286. The toll rose by 19 to 19,936.
The active cases in Bengal have now breach the one lakh-mark, touching 1,02,236. The positivity rate was 32.35%.
Cases in Mumbai continue to drop
Meanwhile, daily coronavirus cases in Mumbai continued to drop with the city recording 11,647 infections in the last 24 hours. The numbers marked a dip of nearly 17.1% from Monday’s tally of 13,648. This was the fourth day in a row that the city has seen a decline in daily Covid-19 infections, according to PTI.
The positivity rate in the city also dropped to 18.75% from over 23%, a day ago. This is despite 2,855 more Covid-19 tests being conducted in the last 24 hours.
The toll rose by two to 16,413.