Delhi recorded a massive 50 percent jump in coronavirus cases on Saturday, at 2,716, with about 3.64 percent of COVID-19 tests returning positive – a high positivity rate is considered one of the first signs of an impending wave of infections.
The city also registered a death.
Saturday’s rise is the highest since May 21, when 3,009 cases were recorded with a positivity of 4.76 percent, while 252 deaths were also reported that day.
On Friday New Year’s Eve, it had registered 1,796 cases and a positivity of 1.73 percent. On Thursday, 1,313 cases were registered with a positivity of 2.44 percent according to official figures.
The huge increase in new cases over the last few days in Delhi is being recorded amid a significant jump in the case of new Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the city.
The death toll from coronavirus in the city has risen to 25,108.
On Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday, the daily cases had stood at 923, 496 and 331, respectively, according to official data.
In light of the high number of cases, the city has introduced a ‘Yellow Alert’ – the first of a four-level system of restrictions that has closed schools, gyms, set 50 percent occupancy rules for private offices and transit, and a night curfew.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Saturday whether to introduce more curbs in the national capital will be reviewed, though hospitalizations are not a concern so far.
He also said that in light of the current situation, more than 3,000 beds have been prepared for children.
“Prevention is better than cure, and people need to keep themselves safe at all times. It should be our responsibility to wear masks whenever we are on the road outside our homes, this will help us stop. the further spread of coronavirus, “Mr. said Jain to reporters.