Capital under siege: Over 4k infected for third consecutive day

New Delhi: The national capital recorded 4,136 new cases of the “millennium scourge” novel coronavirus during the past 24 hours, while 33 people succumbed in the same period, the Health bulletin said on Sunday.
The new additions took Delhi’s caseload to 3,56,656, while the death toll soared to 6,258.
According to the bulletin, 49,069 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the past one day which includes 14,627 RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 34,442 rapid antigen tests. Cumulatively, the Delhi government has so far tested 43,64,408 people.
The recovery rate marginally increased to 90.74 per cent while the positivity rate increased to 8.43 per cent. The death rate based on the last 10 days’ data currently stands at 0.94 per cent.
Currently, there are 16,115 COVID patients under home isolation across the city, who are mostly asymptomatic or the ones with very mild symptoms. The number of active cases, which includes patients under home isolation, are 26,744.
The Health Department claimed that 10,473 beds are still vacant while the containment zones in the city have now risen to 2,893.
Meanwhile, underlining the 24-hr rise of 4k cases, Health Minister Satyendar Jain today expressed confidence that the situation is under control. His remarks came comparing an expert panel’s projection of 12,000-14,000 cases per day during the festive season.