Waterlogging under the Minto Road railway bridge is an almost inevitable monsoon event in the capital. The problem lies in the natural gradient of the land, the heritage bridge that cannot be easilt re-engineered, and the larger issue of Delhi’s choked and dysfunctional drainage system.
According to Delhi government sources, data collated by them shows that 27,152 death registrations were done in the capital in April, May and June last year. This year the number is 21,344. This includes Covid-19 deaths, which stand at 3,571 so far.
On Thursday, Delhi saw 1,652 new cases, 58 deaths and 1,994 recoveries. The total caseload is now 1,18,645 and the death toll stands at 3,545. The total number of patients recovered/discharged is 97,693.
According to district-wise data between June 14 and July 12, the highest percentage of hospitalisation was seen in New Delhi and South Delhi districts. Both districts also have a large number of hospitals and clinics.
Over the past two weeks, more people have been discharged than admitted to hospitals. Between June 23 — when the highest number of patients were admitted — and July 12, there has been a 31% drop in admissions.
An assessment of occupancy carried out by the Delhi government shows that the weekly new bed occupancy rate — the difference between number of patients admitted and discharged — has been dipping for the past five weeks, after peaking in the first week of June.
According to data shared by the Delhi government, the city’s average weekly positivity rate has gone from its highest point of 31% in the second week of June to 18% in the previous week, June 22 to 28.
On Saturday, 2,948 fresh Covid-19 cases were recorded in the city, taking the total to 80,188, of which 28,329 are active. Total death toll touched 2,558 with 66 people dying between early Friday and early Saturday.
Shah's visit to Lok Nayak Hospital around 4 pm came a day after he met with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the Covid-19 crisis in the capital, and hours after an all-party meeting with representatives of the AAP, BJP, and Congress in Delhi.