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Highest rise in Delhi’s Covid cases in 201 days, more curbs likely

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NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded 331 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the biggest single-day increase in 201 days, apart from one Covid-19 fatality in the last 24 hours.

At 0.68%, the test positivity rate (TPR) stayed above 0.5% for the second day running, fulfilling the criteria for the first level (yellow alert) of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) for Covid restrictions to be imposed.

Sources in the Delhi government said that a decision on the imposition of the first level of GRAP would be taken in a meeting on Tuesday. Under this level, the plan calls for closure of schools, cinema halls, banquet halls, etc, shops operating on an odd-even basis and public transport running with limited capacity.

The last time Delhi recorded more cases in a single day was on June 9, when 337 cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.43%. The positivity rate on Monday (0.68%) was the highest since June 4. On Sunday, a positivity rate of 0.55% was recorded.

The city has been witnessing a sharp increase in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases being reported, with the last three days also recording the highest single-day spike in the last six months. Covid cases during the week ending Sunday registered close to a 2.5- fold increase (141%) over the previous seven days. Delhi recorded 290 fresh cases on Sunday, 249 on Saturday, and 180 on Friday, each of which was the highest single-day spike in the last six months till then.

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