Delhi reported 45 Covid-related deaths on Saturday, the highest since June last year, although the positivity rate in the national capital is falling. On Thursday, the death toll was 43. The trend is in line with what experts around the world have warned that the peak in the third wave cases will be followed by the peak in fatalities, although the situation in the third wave will remain much better than the second wave, experts have predicted.
Here are 5 points to know about the Covid-19 situation in Delhi and India
1. The Delhi government previously said that the fatalities mostly occur in patients with comorbidities. A doctor from the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences told PTI that any patient admitted after a positive test and with serious complications generally dies after a few days of treatment. Therefore, the death toll is likely to peak later.
2. In the first 22 days of January, the Covid death toll in Delhi stands at 479.
3. A study released by Max Healthcare hospitals on patients admitted during the ongoing third wave, hospital occupancy and ICU bed demand is now much lower compared to the previous waves, a point also emphasized by the Center.
4. The study said overall mortality in the first wave was 7.2%, which increased to 10.5% during the second wave. So far, the hospital conducting the study saw a 6% death rate. Deaths are reported in the elderly who had other complications such as kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc.
5. Like Saturday, just over 2,500 patients are being treated in hospitals and Covid care centers in Delhi, while 44,000 are in home isolation. More than 90% of beds are empty in Covid care centers and health centers. More than 80% of the beds are empty in the special Covid hospitals in Delhi.
Maharashtra reported 46,393 new cases and 48 deaths on Saturday. Mumbai reported 3,568 new infections. Bengaluru reported 17,266 cases, a sharp drop from about 30,000 the previous day. Karnataka reported 42,470 new infections. Kerala reported 45,136 new infections and the government has asked private hospitals to set aside 50% of beds for Covid-19 patients.