1118 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths in past 24 hours in Delhi; containment zones down to 496

At least 1118 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the past 24 hours, the Delhi Health Department said on Saturday. During this period, 1201 people successfully recovered from the COVID-19 infection and were discharged from the hospital.

1118 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths in past 24 hours in Delhi; containment zones down to 496
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New Delhi: At least 1118 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the past 24 hours, the Delhi Health Department said on Saturday. During this period, 1201 people successfully recovered from the COVID-19 infection and were discharged from the hospital.

However, 26 people died during this period, the health department bulletin said. With the addition of 1118 new cases, the total number of coronavirus cases has risen to 136716 and  122,131 patients have been cured so far.

The COVID-19 has so far claimed the lives of 3989 people and there are 10596 active coronavirus cases in the national capital. The rate of COVID-19 infection in Delhi is at 6.15 percent and the recovery rate has increased to 89.33% while the percentage of active cases is 7.75, the health department bulletin data showed.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 containment zones has come down to 496 in Delhi after an extensive review by the AAP government, providing relief to thousands of people living in such restricted areas.

The number of containment zones was 715 in Delhi by the end of July, affecting nearly 3.5 lakh people. With the number going down to 496, the movement of only about one lakh people will be affected, Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot said in a statement on Saturday.

The review of the containment zones by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government comes after a Union Health Ministry memorandum earlier this week, allowing all states and Union territories to de-notify a containment zone 14 days after the discharge of the last COVID-19 patient, officials said. 

Earlier such a de-notification could be done 28 days after the discharge of the last patient. "As desired by Hon'ble CM @ArvindKejriwal all the containment zones in Delhi were extensively reviewed in last 2 days with each District DM and surveillance Team," Gahlot said in a tweet.

A locality is declared a containment zone by the district authorities in Delhi if three or more persons there test positive for COVID-19.

Reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the national capital on June 29, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed concern over the large size of the containment zones as it restricted the movement of a huge population, Gahlot said.

"During the last two days, an extensive review of containment zones was carried out with Revenue and Health officials. The result has been quite satisfactory. Against 715 containment zones affecting 348099 people, the number of containment zones is now down to 496, which affects the movement of 106211 people," the minister said in the statement.

The situation was again re-assessed by the chief minister, who directed such reviews at regular intervals.

The Delhi government had been demanding changes in the containment zone norms as some restricted areas in the city were under a complete lockdown for three-four months with a large number of people forced to stay indoors, a senior government official said.