Delhi recorded 12,651 new Covid-19 cases and 319 deaths on Monday. The positivity rate, however, dropped further to 19.10 per cent. If figures are any indication, Delhi appears to be bending the curve.
A total of 66,234 tests, including 57,265 RT-PCR tests and 8,969 rapid antigen tests, were conducted the previous day, according to the bulletin issued by the Delhi Health Department on Monday.
The national Capital has had 85,258 positive cases so far. The death toll due to the viral disease stands at 19,663, the bulletin said.
It is significant that Delhi’s Covid positivity rate has fallen each day during the last few days. At the beginning of this month, the city recorded a positivity rate of 31.6, which came down to 28.3 on May 2, followed by a positivity rate of 29.6 on May 3. On May 4, the positivity rate stood at 26.7, on the fifth, this was 26.4 per cent, on the sixth it was 24.29 and on ninth it hit 21.67 and on May 10 it further came down to 19.10 per cent.
A senior Government official said that a team of officers is working round the clock to monitor the demand and supply of the oxygen in the national Capital.
“Real time monitoring of oxygen tankers is being done by the team formed by the Government to mitigate the challenges and obstacles in the supply chain management of oxygen in the national Capital. The Delhi Government has also deputed a team of officers to each of the oxygen plants to make sure that there are no glitches and any administrative obstacles in oxygen supply,” he said.
The government has also distributed more than 2000 cylinders from May 7 for the home isolation patients needing the oxygen supply. It also set up174 hunger relief centers across the city to make sure that the poor and needy are being given food on a daily basis.
During the lockdown, the government has not only ramped up testing but also worked relentlessly in increasing the number of beds across Delhi. The government is also giving an aggressive push to the vaccination drive, which will further help bring down the positivity rate in the coming days.