Center on Monday said that the average number of samples being tested per day for COVID-19 has gone up in Delhi from 5,481 to 18,766 in about a month and in spite of increased testing, the positivity rate has declined from around 30 percent to 10 percent in the last three weeks.
The government also said that the national positivity rate, percentage of samples testing coronavirus positive from the total number of samples, has also reduced and now stands at 6.73 percent.
On Sunday, Delhi recorded 2,244 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally close to the one-lakh mark, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 3,067. The latest bulletin, issued on Sunday night, said 71,339 patients have recovered or have been discharged so far, while the number of active cases stood at 25,038. As many as 6,43,504 tests have been conducted so far.
Meanwhile, India recorded a single-day jump of 24,248 cases, pushing the country’s total tally to 6,97,413 on Monday. With 425 new fatalities, the death toll stood at 19,693. India overtook Russia on Sunday evening to become the country with the third-largest caseload of novel coronavirus infection in the world.