New Delhi: Covid raced through Mumbai and Delhi on Wednesday, registering a 70 per cent and 50 per cent jump over a 24-hour period. The financial capital reported 1,377 cases, the national capital 496. The cities recorded one death each.
Mumbai’s big surge came after a marginal drop in numbers. On Tuesday, the city recorded 809 new cases — 113 less than Sunday — and three deaths. The spike rate has been very high, with cases registering a 188 per cent high in three weeks starting December 8.
In Delhi, a 50 per cent jump was reported hours after the city imposed a series of strict restrictions under the “Yellow Alert”. This was the biggest single-day spike since June 2. The positivity rate stands at 0.89 per cent — the highest since May 31.
Under the new restrictions, schools, colleges and educational institutions, cinema halls and gyms will be shut and malls and shops will open on an odd-even basis within fixed hours. Delhi Metro will run with 50 per cent seating capacity. Night curfew between 10 pm and 5 am has already started.
Maharashtra, meanwhile, recorded 2,172 new Covid cases and 22 deaths. The fatality rate in the state is 2.12 per cent. No case of Omicron was recorded on Wednesday. Till December 27, a total of 167 cases of the Omicron were detected in the state.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope said fresh lockdown will be imposed on the state only if the demand for medical oxygen touches 800 metric tons per day. Recently, the state government banned the assembly of more than five people in public places between 9 pm to 6 am and restricted the number of people allowed at public functions.
With inputs from NDTV