Early in 2020 when the pandemic arrived in India, speculations rose and everybody was wondering if there would be another wave of COVID-19, a pattern previously seen in other virus pandemics. India witnessed a major fall in COVID cases during the end of the pandemic year 2020, is now having a “second wave” of increased cases. While every state and Union Territory of the country are struggling to cope with the increasing cases, the coronavirus infection in the national capital is at its peak.
Delhi surpassing every other state in the country has recorded 28,395 new COVID-19 cases and 277 deaths in the past 24 hours – Delhi’s highest single-day spike in COVID-19 positive cases ever since the pandemic began last year. The COVID situation in the national capital has turned so cut-throat that every third person whose sample was collected in the past 24 hours, has tested positive for COVID.
Corona at its peak in Delhi:
With 28,395 new cases and 277 fresh deaths due to COVID-19, the positivity rate of COVID cases in Delhi is recorded at around 32 percent. The active caseload in Delhi crossed the 85,000 mark on Tuesday. In the last 24 hours, data shared by the Delhi health department shows that around 19,430 patients have been discharged. Including the data of discharged patients, the total discharges in Delhi now stand at 8,07,328. Apart from this, 40,124 patients are also recovering in home isolation in Delhi.
Looking at the data and the condition of COVID-19 in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while addressing this public health crisis said that less than 100 ICU beds are available in hospitals in the capital. As the situation was turning more and more serious with every hour, Kejriwal even shot off letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal urging them to ramp up the bed capacity in the Central government-run hospitals and to ensure ‘uninterrupted’ supply of medical oxygen.
In his letter, Kejriwal even requested the Prime Minister to reserve at least 7,000 out of 10,000 beds in Central government hospitals in Delhi for COVID patients and oxygen should be immediately provided in Delhi.
India recorded second-highest cases ever recorded globally:
Since the arrival of the second wave of COVID-19 in India, the daily case count has been continuously increasing. According to reports, India recorded over 2.94 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday which is the second-highest ever recorded cases on a single day by any country. Other than this record-breaking count, the day’s death toll crossed 2,000 for the first time since the pandemic erupted last year.
At 2.94 lakhs cases on Tuesday, India reported nearly three times higher positive cases than the peak of 98,795 daily infections recorded during the first wave on September 17.