New Delhi: As the wrath of Covid-19 continues to grapple the national capital, it reported the highest single-day fatalities on Thursday since the pandemic struck. The city recorded as many as 104 deaths and 7,053 new infections out of the 60,229 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Friday held the pollution responsile for the spike and hoped to control its spread in the next 7-10 days.
“Even I am worried about the rise in the number of cases…We are taking all necessary measures…I hope in seven to 10 days, the number of cases should decline and the situation should come under control,” Kejriwal said in a public message.
Delhi has seen an alarming spike in the number of cases in recent weeks, recording more new cases than any other state.
The national capital has reported over 450,000 cases so far, 43,116 of which are active. With this, the overall case tally has reached 4,67,028 while the cumulative causality stands at 7,053. In total, 53,22,274 tests have been performed so far in the national capital.
On a positive note, 6,462 people recovered in the last 24 hours. Delhi has a positivity rate of 11.71 per cent while the case fatality rate stands at 1.57 per cent.
The spike in cases also coincide with the onset of winters, rising pollution and the busy festival season.
“The biggest reason for the spike in cases is pollution. Delhi had contained rising cases but after pollution increased, the number of cases also shot up,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.
At the same time, the air quality monitors show that pollution levels are 14 times higher than the World Health Organization (WHO) prescribed safe levels.
Though Delhi has banned the sale and use of fire crackers and officials have reinforced the need for social distancing, scenes of crowds thronging the markets in the city have caused alarm. Authorities found a high positivity rate among shopkeepers in some of the oldest markets, which are at risk of becoming hotspots.