Delhi recorded 2,364 COVID-19 deaths in less than a month: Report
- With 99 deaths reported on Wednesday, the death toll due to COVID-19 in Delhi reached 8,720
- The sudden spike is due to shortage of ICU beds, cold-wave
- Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has requested assistance from health experts
As the national capital witnessed a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, 2,364 deaths have been reported due to coronavirus in the capital since October 28, when the daily rise in infections crosses the 5,000 mark for the first time, reported PTI.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi has gone up to 545,787 on Wednesday, of which 498, 780 have recovered, the data showed.
With 99 more fatalities on Wednesday, the total death toll has risen to 8,720 in the capital. After five days, Delhi recorded less than 100 deaths in a single day.
The city reported 98 deaths on November 19, 118 on November 20, 111 on November 21, 121 each on November 22 and 23, and 109 fatalities on November 24, according to official data.
On Thursday, Delhi had recorded 7,546 cases, followed by 6,608 on Friday, 5,879 on Saturday, 6,746 on Sunday, 4,454 on Monday, 6,224 on Tuesday and 5,246 on Wednesday, according to the government data.
Delhi recorded its highest number of deaths i.e. 131 COVID-related deaths on November 18. The capital saw its highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases on November 11
The surge in COVID-19 deaths is attributed to shortage of ICU beds, late hospital admissions, unfavourable weather and rising pollution, health experts said.
Epidemiological trend suggests the disease is more severe now on account of weather and pollution, among other factors, a health ministry official said on Wednesday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has requested experts to audit COVID-19 death cases and propose measures to curb the sudden spurt in infection tally.
Health Minister Satyender Jain on Wednesday claimed that Delhi reported the "least fatality per million" population amongst all four metropolitan cities of the country.
Considering the cold-wave in Delhi and the respiratory problems associated with it, the large influx of patients from outside Delhi and festive gatherings, Delhi must be prepared to manage roughly 15,000 fresh cases of COVID-19 per day, the National Centre for Disease said in a report.