There seems to be tough time for residents of the national capital as COVID-19 cases are going up to a record level. On Friday, Delhi recorded over 7,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time taking the tally to over 4.23 lakh, while the death toll rose to 6,833 with 64 more fatalities, authorities said.
The 7,178 fresh cases were diagnosed following the 58,860 tests conducted the previous day, while the positivity rate stood at 12.19 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution in the city, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.
The previous highest single-day spike till date here — 6,842 cases — was recorded on Wednesday.
The number of daily cases had crossed the 6,000-mark for three consecutive days from November 3-5.
On Friday, 64 new fatalities were recorded, pushing the death toll in the national capital to 6,833. On Thursday, 66 fatalities due to COVID-19 were reported.
The active cases tally on Friday stood at 39,722.
The bulletin said the total number of cases has climbed to 4,23,831.
The recovery rate on Friday was over 89 per cent, it said.
Meanwhile, Delhi government on Friday issued orders to augment the capacity of beds for COVID-19 patients by adding in total over 1,100 beds at various state-run and private facilities to “combat the third wave” of spread of infection.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain took a review meeting with all the medical directors and medical superintendents of COVID-19 hospitals.