Delhi recorded its lowest single-day Covid-19 count in 50 days as the everyday cases arc went below 1,000 for the first time since June 1 when the city had registered 990 cases.

From a usual of 3,215 daily cases for the week ending June 29, the graph plunged to 2,237 on the 6th of July. It came down to 1,845 on July 13 and since then has reduced more to a daily average of 1,430 for the week ending July 20. No other major city in India has witnessed such a dramatic fall (by more than half) in the number of cases during this period. Mumbai’s daily average has fallen slightly from 1,311 cases on the 29th of June to 1,182 on the 20th of July. Chennai has seen its average fall by a third from 1,888 cases on the 29th of June to 1,237 on the 20th of July.

Delhi has immensely ramped up its testing numbers from end June. In terms of number of Tests per 1 Million Population, Delhi with 43,000, has, by far, led the maximum number amongst all major states in India.

The average number of daily Covid-19 mortalities has almost halved from 70 in the week ending June 22 to 36 on the 20th of July. Delhi reported just 26 deaths each on the 17th and 18th of July (with a Daily Mortality Rate as low as 1.78% and 1.76%), 31 on the 19th and 35 on the 20th.

While a high percentage of antigen tests does raise questions on the extent of decline in new cases, the momentous decline in the number of Covid-19 deaths does suggest that Delhi is doing a lot of things right in its battle against the pandemic.

 

 


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