India added a record 200,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, official data showed Thursday, as the country's huge second wave accelerates.
From April 4 to April 13, Delhi has recorded a total of 77,775 COVID-19 cases, witnessing a massive rise of 234 per cent.
The previous highest positivity rate till the third wave, was on November 14 a year ago at 15.33%.
The positivity rate, however, swelled from 16% on Wednesday to 20% yesterday.
The active number of cases stands at 15,69,743. The first wave peaked in mid-September at more than 97,000 daily cases.
In Australia, which abandoned its inoculation target earlier this week following shipment delays and newly imposed restrictions on the use of AstraZeneca's shot, a leading doctors' association opposed a government plan to create mass inoculation hubs, citing logistical challenges. "This time the number is very high and increasing very rapidly, going (at a) very fast speed, so the situation is really alarming", said LNJP Medical Director Suresh Kumar. "In contrast to the week 17th-23rd March 2021, in the week of 7th-13thApril 2021, RT-PCR tests have decreased to 28 per cent (from 34 per cent) while the Antigen Tests have increased to 62 per cent (from 53 per cent)", a home ministry statement said.
A Delhi government hospital doctor, on the condition of anonymity, said, "people had thrown caution to the wind, and were socialising and partying with gay abandon again".
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India has reported a record 200,000 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and the financial hub of Mumbai entered a lockdown, as many hospitals treating coronavirus patients reported severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies.
Delhi, which is now battling the fourth wave of infections, had earlier reported the highest single-day fatality count on November 18.
However, from April 11, Delhi has started adding a worrying number of cases to its tally. "Delhi's situation is grim", said Suranjit Chatterjee, a senior consultant at Apollo Hospitals in Delhi.
Delhi's Thursday coronavirus figures were slightly lower than Wednesday's. In comparison, Mumbai had 88,710 cases and 216 fatalities in March.
Richa Sareen, consultant, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, Fortis hospital here, said, "Given the pace of spread, it definitely seems there is a different variant in circulation and it is more infectious than the previous one".
She said the younger population was getting more infected as elderly have mostly got vaccinated, and the older population is more at home.
COVID-positive patients - from a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler to many elderly - and their relatives kept streaming in to the emergency ward at LNJP, arriving by ambulance, vehicle or auto-rickshaw throughout the day.