Delhi on Thursday reported 15,097 fresh Covid-19 cases and six deaths, as the positivity rate also shot up to 15.34 per cent. With the latest addition, the cumulative caseload has gone up to 14,89,463 while the death toll rose to 25,127. The number of active cases in the capital now stands at 31,498. Almost 1 lakh tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. Delhi had on Wednesday reported 10,665 fresh Covid-19 cases and eight deaths with a positivity rate of 11.88 per cent. With one more case of Omicron variant reported, the tally of such cases has risen to 465 in Delhi.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said that the national capital is expected to log over 14,000 cases on Thursday, while adding that the Covid situation in the city was under control. “Delhi in a comfortable position in terms of hospital bed occupancy. No need for lockdown right now,” he said.
Meanwhile, the High Court Thursday asked the Delhi government to inform it about the spread of Omicron in Delhi and said that it would like to know the percentage of severe cases among those infected with the new variant. The court sought to know about the number of Omicron cases among the patients who are in ICUs, on ventilators or need oxygen support. The Delhi government submitted that it will apprise the court about the exact position in the city on the next date of hearing, which is February 1.
In other news, a massive fire broke out at Lajpat Rai Market in Chandni Chowk on Thursday morning. At least 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. Luckily, no casualties were reported, but several shops are said to have been gutted. According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS), the blaze started from a shop at the Lajpat Rai market opposite Red Fort. Atul Garg, DFS chief, said, “We received a call at around 4.45 am about the fire. The team rushed to the spot and 12 fire tenders were deployed. The fire spread to a few other shops which were gutted.