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Delhi posts 7,100 Covid-19 cases, India’s highest on Friday | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The daily tally of Covid-19 cases in Delhi crossed the 7,000 mark for the first time on Friday with a record 7,178 more people testing positive for the infection. This was also the highest tally reported by any state on Friday, pushing Kerala’s count (7,002) to second place.

Delhi reported 64 deaths on Friday, the second highest daily toll in the country after Maharashtra’s 161 fatalities.

60% of around 40k active cases in home care

Friday’s record-breaking numbers came out of 58,860 tests. Of these, the government said 15,666 (27%) tests were done using RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat while the rest, 43,194 (73%) tests were through Rapid Antigen Test kits. The overall positivity rate, number of positive cases from those tested, was 12.19%.

The infection tally in Delhi has crossed 4.23 lakh mark and the death toll stands at 6,833. The spike in cases over the past two weeks is also reflected in the occupancy of Covid-19 beds.

According to data shared by city hospitals on the Delhi Corona app, 77% of ICU beds without a ventilator and 73% of ICU beds with a ventilator were occupied. The most number of vacant ICU beds were available in either public hospitals or lesser known private hospitals and even these were filling up fast, the doctors said.

“Non-ICU beds are available. We have a total of 15,845 non-ICU beds for Covid-19 patients. Of them, 7,655 are lying vacant,” said an official in the state health department.

At present, Delhi has 39,722 active cases. Of these, 23,679 (60%) are under home isolation while the rest are admitted in various hospitals or Covid Care facilities being run by the government.

“Most people who have mild symptoms are preferring to isolate themselves at home. They rush to the hospital when the condition deteriorates which is why there is high demand for ICU beds while the general beds for Covid-19 patients remain vacant,” said an official. Dr Rommel Tickoo, associate director, department of medicine at Max hospital, Saket said the outbreak situation in Delhi is getting worse.

“Our OPDs are flooded with suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19. At home also, I am doing video-consultation till late in the night to attend to the needs of patients. If urgent measures are not taken to enforce social distancing and wearing of masks in public places, the situation may worsen further and perhaps to an extent where it can get unmanageable,” he said.

Not just cases, even the severity of symptoms had increased over the last few days due to air pollution. According to Dr J C Suri, director and head of pulmonology at Fortis Vasant Kunj, more Covid-19 patients are requiring admission because of exacerbation in cough, chest congestion and breathlessness due to both the infection and pollution which is on the rise too.

Particulate Matter (PM), a key pollutant, can create a suitable environment for transporting the virus to greater distances than those considered for close contact, research shows. It can also induce inflammation in lung cells which can increase the susceptibility and severity of the Covid-19 patient symptoms.

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