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Delhi’s Covid-19 Positivity Rate Increases to 7.4% Stoking Concerns of a Fresh Outbreak

Delhi on Monday, reported 1,061 new coronavirus cases, pushing the tally in the city to more than 1.62 lakh, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 4,313, authorities said.

The national capital’s coronavirus positivity rate has again shot up as 7.4% of the total tests undertaken in the last week came back positive. Notably, this is the highest the figure has been in more than a month, indicating that Delhi may be witnessing another bout of the outbreak, which it had reined to a significant extent. The positivity rate is the fragment of samples collected that tested positive and it is a key indicator of the extent of the spread of the virus.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, taking into consideration the single-day positivity rate, 8.9% of samples tested on Sunday turned out to be positive. This is the maximum number in over a month. Close to 10.3% of the total tests returned positive on July 13, when infections in the city were starting to taper.

The development assumes significance as the number of daily tests in the capital city continued to witness a fall from the peak levels – 11,910 samples were tested on Sunday, with 8,084 (67.9%) of these being antigen tests, the report added.…

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