This is the third day in a row when the national capital has reported more than 400 deaths in a day. On Saturday and Sunday, 412 and 407 deaths were recorded respectively.
The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the national capital has reached 17,414, which is second-highest in the country after Maharashtra where 70,851 people have succumbed to the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of new cases reported on Monday was 18,043 which is lower than Sunday’s 20,394 cases. However, this may be due to a decrease in testing.
In the last 24 hours, data shared by the state health department shows, 61,045 tests were conducted compared to 71,997 tests recorded on Sunday.
In April second week, the city conducted over one lakh tests, of which nearly 70,000 tests were done using RTPCR. The positivity rate of Covid-19 is around 30%.
On the brighter side, Delhi’s recovery rate has increased. In the last 24 hours, officials said, 20,293 people recovered from Covid-19.
The total number of active cases that had touched nearly one lakh last week has reduced to 89,592. The availability of oxygen and ICU beds, however, remains scarce. Data shared by the state health department shows 56% of the active cases are recuperating under home isolation.
The number of patients admitted in various hospitals is 25,170, which is 28% of the total active cases. Despite that, there are very few vacant beds and ventilator beds are not available at all.
“There are no oxygen beds available either. I couldn’t find a hospital bed for my mother and finally arranged an oxygen cylinder at home for her.” Pradeep Yadav, a resident of Sadiq Nagar, said. He added that even testing isn’t readily available. “Most labs refuse to do the test citing unavailability of staff for sample collection,” Yadav said.
Public health specialists say strict lockdown is needed in areas with a high positivity rate to reduce the cases. “Our health infrastructure is overstretched. Doctors are facing burnout and mental trauma handling so many cases. But they are still continuing to work to save as many lives as possible,” said a doctor at Lok Nayak hospital.