As coronavirus cases in the national capital cross the 6,000-mark for the first time, experts warn that Delhi should be prepared for 15,000 cases every day; the national figure, however, comes down to 38,310.

The national capital registered a record spike of 6,725 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the infection tally in Delhi to over 4 lakh, even as the positivity rate stood at 11.29% amid the festive season. The 6,725 fresh cases came out of the 59,540 tests conducted the previous day. This is the first time when the number of daily cases has crossed the 6,000-mark. The death toll reached 6,652 after 48 people succumbed to the virus.

The last highest single-day spike in the city was recorded on Friday at 5,891 cases.

As per official data, there are 3,452 containment zones in Delhi as of now. As many as 21,521 patients are on home isolation.

However, if health experts are to be believed, the national capital will see further spike in Covid-19 cases, with some predicting that the infection rate would almost double the current rate. Earlier, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain too had said that the government expected as many as 14,000 daily coronavirus cases in the winter season.

“An expert committee had informed earlier that coronavirus cases in Delhi are expected to rise by 12,000 to 14,000 during the festive and winter season ahead. Dr Pal committee had told the Delhi government that we have to prepare according to 15,000 cases,” Jain had said.

Meanwhile, India reported a decline in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases to 38,310 in the past 24 hours. The total caseload stands at 8,272,903. The country’s death toll has mounted to 123,179. While there are 542,346 active cases of coronavirus, as many as 7,601,429 people have recovered from the infection.

The number of new Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra continued to remain below 5,000. The state saw a spike of 4,909 new cases. Whereas, 6,973 people were discharged after recovering. So far, 15.31 lakh people have recovered. The recovery rate in the state stands at 90.46%. However, 120 patients also succumbed to the virus across the state.

The Covid-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 7,089 with 13 more people succumbing to the disease, while 1,726 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,87,335 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in the state has reached over 92%. The number of active cases currently stands at 22,538, of which 9,599 are in home isolation.

Haryana reported 1,684 fresh novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the infection tally to 1,72,130, while the death toll from the disease rose to 1,827 in the state with seven more fatalities. Haryana has an active case count of 13,338 while the rate of recovery from the infection is 91.20%.

West Bengal reported 3,957 new Covid-19 cases and 57 deaths in the last twenty-four hours. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 3,81,608 including 36,576 active cases, 3,38,075 discharged cases, and 6,957 deaths.

Gujarat reported 954 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, raising its case tally to 1,75,633. With six new deaths, the state’s Covid-19 death toll rose to 3,734. Recoveries during the day again outnumbered new cases, with 1,197 patients getting discharged. The number of recovered cases in the state rose to 1,59,448. With this, Gujarat has achieved a recovery rate of 90.78%.

Meanwhile looking at the tally of southern states of the country, Tamil Nadu reported 2,435 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 7,31,942 while the toll touched 11,214 with 31 more fatalities. The 7.31 lakh plus tally covers the state capital’s 2,01,848 cases.

Kerala reported 6,862 more people tested covid positive after 61,138 more samples were tested in the past 24 hours, taking the test positivity rate below 12 for the first time in recent weeks. The active cases in the state stand at 84,713, whereas 3,64,745 have been cured. The day saw 26 more Covid-19 deaths, taking the state’s death toll to 1,559.

Andhra Pradesh’s Covid-19 tally rose to 8.30 lakh even as the total recoveries crossed the 8 lakh mark. As 2,849 fresh cases were added in the last 24 hours, the gross confirmed positives in the state touched 8,30,731. With 3,700 more patients getting cured of the infection, the overall recoveries increased to 8,02,325. The state reported 15 fresh coronavirus fatalities, taking the tally to 6,734. 

Karnataka reported 2,576 new cases of Covid-19, 8,334 discharges, and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours. This takes the total number of cases to 8,29,640 including 44,805 active cases, 7,73,595 discharges, and 11,121 deaths.