New Delhi: After witnessing a steady declining trend, Delhi’s Covid-19 tally on Friday saw a slight increase on Friday as 1,141 new infections were reported in the last 24-hour, according to state’s health bulletin. In the same time, as many as 139 people also succumbed to the virus. With the new additions, the city’s overall case tally stands at 1,423,690, while the death toll has rose to 23,951.
On the bright side, the active cases in Delhi dripped below the 15,000 mark at 14,581.
With 2,799 more people recovering from the virus, the overall recoveries reached 1,385,158, the bulletin added. The positivity rate also went up to 1.59 per cent.
In other news related to Covid-19 in Delhi, a vaccination centre dedicated for persons with disabilities (PwD) on Friday was launched at the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Chhatarpur. As per a notice from the south Delhi district magistrate, the centre will cater to PwDs aged 45 or older for now, PTI reported.
Meanwhile, claiming that the deadly second wave of Covid-19 pandemic is under control in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday decided to start process of lifting lockdown from Monday. The capital has been under strict lockdown since April 20.
After a meeting with Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, who is also Chairman of DDMA, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the time has come when the process of lifting lockdown needs to be initiated. He asserted that people of Delhi have suffered a lot during this Covid pandemic, and also due to a month-long lockdown.
“During the meeting, it has decided that the situation of Covid-19 is under control as daily cases and positivity rate have reduced, now we have to focus on economic activities as well. Many poor families have lost their livelihood due to lockdown and therefore, it has been decided that – two activities – construction work and factories in Delhi will start functioning from Monday.” Kejriwal said.