Updated: June 2, 2021 8:26:46 am
Delhi saw the Covid-19 test positivity rate dipping below 1% for the second day in a row on Tuesday, as 623 fresh cases were reported.
On Tuesday, the positivity rate came down to 0.88% from 0.99% the previous day.
After peaking at over 28,000 cases on April 20, cases dipped rapidly with a reduction of over eight times in a month. Deaths, too, have been coming down as 62 were reported on Tuesday. Delhi’s death toll has touched 24,299 since the beginning of the pandemic and the case fatality ratio stands at 1.70 %.
Senior officials said the reason for the downward curve was twofold. “The lockdown served as a big push towards fewer cases as markets and offices remained shut. The second was that as it became clear that the situation in Delhi had deteriorated, fear meant people themselves wanted to stay in as they did not want to take risks. Both these things meant that there was a quick dip in cases. The challenge is to maintain this reduction in cases and to vaccinate the population. The second bit, however, is difficult as Delhi is yet to get its stock of vaccines for June,” the officer said.
So far in the city, 41.85 lakh people have got the first shot of the vaccine. 12.24 lakh people have got both shots so far.
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