The national Capital on Friday recorded 585 fresh Covid-19 cases after 80,565 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, which took the positivity rate to 0.73 per cent. Total Covid-19 deaths in Delhi reached 10,557 with 21 deaths recorded on Friday. The city at present has 3,874 containment zones.
On January 2, as part of the nationwide dry run of vaccines, trials will be conducted at three sites in Delhi — Central district, Shahdara district and South West district
After a sudden spike in the number of cases from the last week of October, Delhi’s daily infections fell from December 21. From December 21-23, the daily case count had been below the 1,000-mark. On December 21, 803 cases were reported; 939 on December 22 and 871 on December 23.However, on December 24, 1,063 cases were recorded, dropping again to 758 on December 25 and 655 on December 26. On December 27, 757 cases were recorded while on December 28, the daily case count was 564, the lowest in the last five months.On December 29 and 30, the city recorded 703 and 677 cases respectively. On December 31, 574 cases were recorded.
On Friday, four more people have tested positive for the new variant of Covid-19 strain first detected first in India. This variant is believed to be more contagious but it has so far not affected India’s Covid-19 caseload. The civil aviation ministry, which barred UK flights till January 7, has decided to resume operations from January 8 in a staggered manner.
The presence of the new UK variant has already been reported by Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, so far.