Covid-19 spike: 416 Covid cases reported in a day in Delhi, highest in 7 months
New Delhi, April 02: Delhi has recorded the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in over seven months with 416 fresh infections on Saturday, according to the health department.
The active cases of the coronavirus infection in the national capital have gone up to 4,099 and the cumulative tally to 6,34,054. The previous highest single-day figure was recorded on August 23 last year when the city had witnessed 473 new cases of the viral disease. The positivity rate of the day was 0.67 per cent, as per the health department bulletin.
The death toll mounted to 10,742 with 11 new fatalities, while 6,19,213 patients have recovered, it said. The number of people under home isolation stands at 3,744, while there are 355 containment zones in the city.
Delhi has seen a steady rise in the number of cases in the past few days, prompting the government to announce a weekend curfew from Friday evening till Monday morning during which only essential services will be allowed.
The Delhi government has also banned all social, political, cultural and sports events with immediate effect. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged people to take the virus seriously and follow all health protocols.
The government has also asked people to get tested if they experience even mild symptoms. Experts have said that the surge in cases could be attributed to the laxity in following the Covid-appropriate behaviour among people. They have urged the government to strictly enforce the rules and urged people to get vaccinated to contain the spread of the virus.
- With inputs from agencies