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Delhi logs 27,561 COVID cases, second-highest daily rise so far, 40 deaths

Positivity rate is the highest since May 4, when it was at 26.7 per cent

A health worker collects swab sample from a man during a rapid antigen testing drive in Mumbai | Reuters (File) Representational image

Delhi reported 27,561 fresh COVID cases, the second-highest single-day rise since the beginning of the pandemic, and 40 deaths on Wednesday while the positivity rate rose to 26.22 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

The deaths recorded are the highest since June 10 last year, when the national capital recorded 44 fatalities. According to the data, the positivity rate is the highest since May 4, when it was at 26.7 per cent.

Wednesday's single-day count of 27,561 cases is the highest since April 20, when the city saw 28,395 infections.

Of the 133 COVID deaths recorded in the first 12 days of January, most were comorbid patients.

Keeping in view the situation, the government on Tuesday issued an advisory asking all hospitals to ensure that patients with comorbidities are duly attended by specialists.

The city currently has 87,445 active COVID cases of which 56,991 are in home isolation.

Delhi reported 23 deaths due to COVID on Tuesday and 17 fatalities each on Sunday and Monday. It saw 54 fatalities in the last five months—nine in December, seven in November, four in October, five in September and 29 in August.

In July, COVID had claimed 76 lives in the national capital.

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