NEW DELHI: The capital on Wednesday recorded zero deaths due to Covid-19 for the third time this month. Earlier, on February 9 and February 13, no deaths were recorded due to the viral infection.
The number of fresh cases of Covid-19 recorded in the past 24 hours stood at 134. A total of 59,886 tests, including 39,852 RT-PCR and 20,034 via rapid antigen testing took place in the past 24 hours. The positivity rate, meanwhile, was recorded at 0.22%, slightly more than Tuesday’s 0.17%. On Tuesday, Delhi had recorded 94 fresh Covid cases — the lowest in over nine months — from 56,944 tests.
The Covid-19 case tally in the capital has climbed to 6,37,315, authorities said, adding that the death toll is 10,894. The number of active cases is 1,078, of which 440 are recuperating at home and only 468 are under treatment at hospitals. Most of the beds reserved for Covid-19 patients at hospitals lie vacant, data shows.
At Lok Nayak Hospital, for example, 270 of 300 Covid beds were vacant. The hospital is quarantining persons coming to Delhi from countries like the United Kingdom, where Covid cases linked to mutated strains of the virus have been reported.
“There are seven such returnees with travel history admitted at present. Of them, one is positive for the mutated strain from UK. We do not have any positive case who has the South African or any other strain,” Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of Lok Nayak, said.
A senior health department official said that nearly 98% of persons diagnosed with Covid-19 in the capital since the beginning of the pandemic have either recovered or have been discharged after treatment.
All Covid Health Centres are vacant and even in hospitals, the occupancy rate has dropped to less than 10%.
Of the 5,765 beds reserved for treating persons suffering from the viral infection across the city, data available on the Delhi Corona app showed that only 468 remained occupied.
With the decline in fresh cases, demand for beds has gone down. AIIMS, Safdarjung and GTB have increased the intake of non-Covid patients.

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