1,195 new Covid cases take city’s count to 1,35,598

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1,195 new Covid cases take city’s count to 1,35,598

Saturday, 01 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

With 1,195 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, the coronavirus count in the national capital reached 1,35,598. The death toll climbed 3,963 following 27 more fatalities.

According to Friday’s health bulletin, which details information about the fresh cases registered in the last 24 hours, 19,091 tests (5629  RT-PCR, CBNAAT and True NAAT tests figures; 13462 - Rapid Antigen). The number of containment zones stood at 692.

The number of tests done per million, as on Friday was 52,327, it said. On July 20, the fresh cases count had dipped to 954. The active cases tally was 10,705 while the recovery rate stands at 88 per cent.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, suspected individuals who test negative for COVID-19 in rapid-antigen test should undergo RT-PCR to rule out the infection.

Rapid-antigen testing requires a prescription and an ICMR form filled by a registered doctor, and a government identity proof, same as that for RT-PCR test.

On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases. According to the Wednesday bulletin, out of the total number of beds in COVID hospitals, 12,980 are vacant.

Also, 4345 beds in COVID care centres are occupied by persons under quarantine, including travellers who have returned by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights, it said.

Testing was ramped up June 18 onwards, when Delhi started conducting tests through the faster rapid-antigen methodology. Since then, tests have increased almost threefold -- from an average of around 7,000 a day during June 12-18 to an average of around 20,000 per day at present.

As per Government’s report, both Government and private hospitals have done a fair job in tackling coronavirus. Delhi Government’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital with seven per cent death rate is on top ranking for giving treatment to corona infected patients.  

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