After month-long downward Covid trend, Delhi sees worrying rise in cases, hospitalisations

Health workers in protective suits at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on 15 June 2020 | Manvender Vashist | PTI

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New Delhi: Just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cited the Delhi-NCR model as an example of good Covid management, latest data could cast a shadow on the national capital’s success story.

After recording a decline in positive cases of the novel coronavirus for a month, in the last week, the city has started to show an upward trend, data analysed by ThePrint has shown.

Both daily cases as well as hospital admissions noted an increase in the period between 5-11 August, government data shows.

The Arvind Kejriwal government, however, has maintained that the national capital is still doing well and the spike in cases is only due to patients coming from other states.

As of 14 August, Delhi recorded 1,49,460 cases in total, of which 4,167 were deaths and 1,34,318 had recovered.

Daily cases above 1,000 again

Daily cases have consistently been above the 1,000-mark in the period between 5-11 August, barring just one day (10 August).

Delhi noted 1,076 (5 August), 1,299 (6 August), 1,192 (7 August), 1,404 (8 August), 1,300 (9 August), 707 (10 August) and 1,257 (11 August) cases. Before the surge, daily cases had dropped to 674 as of 4 August.

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