Delhi News Live Updates: Delhi recorded zero death due to Covid-19 and 26 fresh cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 0.04 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. Two Covid-related fatalities have been recorded so far this month in Delhi, on October 2 and 10, according to official data.
Only five fatalities due to Covid were reported last month, one each on September 7, 16 and 17, and two on September 28, according to official figures. The death toll due to coronavirus in Delhi stands at 25,089.
The severe outbreak of Covid-19 in Delhi this year showed that the Delta variant can infect individuals previously infected by a different variant of the coronavirus, highlighting the challenges of reaching herd immunity against the variant, according to an international team of scientists. The study, published in the journal Science on Thursday, also found that the Delta variant was between 30-70 per cent more transmissible than previous SARS-CoV-2 lineages in Delhi.
Since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in Delhi in March last year, the city experienced multiple outbreaks, in June, September and November 2020. The situation became worse in April this year, when daily cases increased from approximately 2,000 to 20,000 between March 31 and April 16. This was accompanied by a rapid rise in hospitalisations and ICU admissions, severely stressing the healthcare system, with daily deaths spiking to levels three-fold higher than previous waves.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal asking for permission to hold Chhath Puja celebrations at public places. In the letter, Kejriwal also mentioned that neighbouring states like Haryana, UP and Rajasthan have allowed Chhath puja celebrations keeping in view Covid-19 protocols.