Delhi is expected to record fewer than 25,000 Covid cases today – less than the nearly 30,000 reported yesterday – Health Minister Satyendra Jain said late last night. Mr Jain also told reporters only 15 per cent of available hospital beds were occupied and that admissions had slowed.
“Last night, Delhi reported 28,867 new cases, 31 fatalities… over 13,000 hospital beds are vacant (and) just over 15 per cent of beds are occupied. We are expecting the city will report around 25,000 new COVID-19 cases today,” he was quoted by news agency PTI.
On Thursday the national capital reported a record 28,867 cases in 24 hours – the most in a day since the pandemic began in December 2019. Yesterday’s positivity rate – 29 per cent – was also the highest since May 3 last year, when the country was battling the second wave of infections.
On Wednesday Mr Jain said restrictions in Delhi, which include shutting of restaurants and bars, ordering a weekend curfew, and directing non-essential private companies to WFH (work from home), could be lifted over the next two or three days if new cases declined.
He said data suggested the situation had stabilised in Delhi, adding, “Hospitalisation rates have stabilised, and cases have plateaued. There are still several beds vacant.”
Cases in Mumbai have begun declining too and “we will soon see the same trend in Delhi”, he said.
This morning the country reported over 2.64 lakh new cases in 24 hours – a 6.7 per cent increase from the day before. The number of confirmed Omicron cases increased by 4.83 per cent to 5,753.
The national active caseload has increased to more than 12.72 lakh – the highest in 220 days.