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COVID-19 cases in Delhi mounts to 386; two more deaths: Authorities
 
New Delhi: The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital on Friday climbed to 386, with 93 fresh cases and two deaths being reported in a day, according to the Delhi Health Department. The total cases include 259 people who took part in a religious congregation in Nizamuddin area earlier this month. By Thursday night, the number of cases of the deadly virus in the city stood at 293, including four deaths. Two fresh deaths were reported on Friday, Health department officials said, adding that two patients are on ventilator support, five on oxygen supply and 10 in ICUs.

With this the death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi rises to six. Among the fresh cases too, 77 were from the Nizamuddin Markaz, the department said in a statement. Out of the total cases, 10 have been discharged and four had died earlier and one has migrated out of the country. According to the department, 58 of the total cases are people who had travelled abroad, 38 of them had come in contact with affected persons and 259 came from the Nizamuddin Markaz. Over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15, officials said on Monday.

Civic authorities have carried out mass sanitisation and disinfection drives in Nizamuddin area in the last few days, using drones and other measures. According to the Delhi Health Department, out of the total 386 cases recorded so far, 369 are admitted to various hospitals like LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital, RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH). The total number of samples sent for COVID-19 testing till date stands at 3,273, the Delhi Health Department said in a statement. As many as 3,424 people have been kept in quarantine at various government facilities, it said. A total of 22,274 people, who came in contact with affected persons, are under home-quarantine till date and 4,193 have completed their 14-day quarantine, the officials said.

The number of ventilators at the disposal of the Delhi government stands at 243, while the figure for PPE kits is 3,261 and sanitisers 22,366, the Health department said on Thursday.


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