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Delhi Reports 17,335 New Covid-19 Cases, 15% Higher Than Yesterday, Positivity Rate At 17.73%

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said that the capital has reported six times lower hospital admissions due to the coronavirus this time as compared to the first wave of the pandemic.

A man wearing a face mask walks past a mural, in New Delhi, Sunday, May 1, 2022. Delhi reported 1,520 fresh covid cases with a positivity rate of 5.10% on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Delhi on Friday reported 17,335 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, a 15 per cent rise as compared to yesterday’s 15,097 cases. The tally of the active cases in the capital has reached to 39,873 cases. The positivity rate now stands at 17.73 per cent.

Amid Omicron threat, Delhi on Thursday reported 15,097 COVID cases as well as six deaths at a positivity rate 15.34 per cent. The number of cases recorded on Thursday was 41 per cent more than the figure registered the day before.

This rise is the highest since May 8, 2021 when 17,364 cases were reported with a positivity rate of 23.34 per cent. As many as 332 deaths were also recorded on that day.

On Wednesday and Tuesday, 10,665 and 5,481cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 11.88 per cent and 8.37 per cent respectively, according to official figures.

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So far, no death due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been confirmed in the national capital. The huge spike in fresh cases over the past several days is being recorded amid a significant jump in cases of new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said that the capital has reported six times lower hospital admissions due to the coronavirus this time as compared to the first wave of the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Health Minister Jain even predicted that Delhi will report over 17,000 cases today, while the positivity rate is expected to surge to 17 per cent in Delhi.

Amid the rising COVID-19 cases, the city government has already announced weekend and night curfews, among other restrictions to check crowding. Only essential services are allowed during these hours. Several other COVID restrictions have been imposed in the national capital as the cases rise.

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