COVID: Delhi sees 240 fatalities during past 24 hrs, 23,686 test +ve


New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) The national capital on Monday reported a massive spike of 23,686 fresh cases of COVID-19 while 240 people lost their lives.

The new additions took the City's caseload to 8,77,146 and the death toll to 12,361.

The positivity rate in Delhi declined slightly to stand at 26.12 per cent from Sunday's 29.74 per cent.

The unprecedented hike in active cases has led to a shortage of Covid beds in the Capital.

As per the Delhi government's official Corona website, at 2230 hrs, a total of 3264 COVID-19 beds were available while only 52 COVID-19 ICU beds were left for critical patients.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, earlier in the day, announced a six-day lockdown in Delhi, starting from 2200 hrs tonight till 0500 hrs of April 26 in the wake of a steep urge in the coronavirus cases.

As many as 90,696 people were tested in the past day while 21,500 people were cured and discharged taking the total recoveries to 7,87,898.

Currently, there are 37,337 COVID patients under home isolation across the city. The number of active cases is 76,887 which includes patients under home isolation. Containment zones also rose to 15,039.

Meanwhile, the government vaccinated 48,088 people in the last 24 hours out of which 40,645 beneficiaries received the first dose while 7,443 were administered the second dose. Till now, cumulatively, 26,14,006 people have received a vaccine jab in the national capital.

The COVID situation has drastically deteriorated in the past few days. On the previous day, the Capital added 25,462 fresh cases while 161 more lives were lost.