New Delhi: The covid-19 cases in Delhi continued to mount with the national capital recording its highest surge of 5,000 daily cases, first time since November 27, on Tuesday. The city had reported 5,100 cases and 17 virus related fatalities on Tuesday. With the fresh infections, the tally in the overall tally in the state has reached past 6,85,062. The city is below its peak of nearly 9,000 cases that it had reported in November, when it was one of the worst-hit cities across the nation.
The current steep surge in number of cases has been termed as "fourth wave" by the Delhi government, with the number soaring high to 5,000 from 1,000 in just 15-day. However, the expert has called it the second wave of the novel virus that has been reported in the in the whole country.
As per the Union Health Ministry, Delhi is one of the 10 districts which have been most severely affected by pandemic. Besides Delhi, the list released by the government includes seven districts from Maharashtra and one each from Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.
The rise in number of positive cases in the city can be attributed to high testing as as may as 103,453 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, the highest so far, including 69,667 RT-PCR tests and 33,786 Rapid Antigen tests.
In the last 24-hour, 2,340 people also recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 6,56,617.
As the number of cases continue to rise, Delhi government on Tuesday imposed a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am with immediate effet, which will remain in force till April 30.
The high surge in number of cases in the national capital is being reported for the last three weeks. On April 5, it reported 3,548 new cases, 4,033 on April 4, 3,567 on April 3 and 3,594 cases on April 2.