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COVID Surge: Delhi Logs 1,796 New Cases on New Year Eve, 47% Spike in Mumbai

The positivity rate in Delhi also rose to 2.44%.

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Amid a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases, Delhi on New Year eve (Friday, 31 December) reported 1,796 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of active cases in the national capital to 4,410. This is being reported as a 36% jump from the previous day.

The positivity rate in the city also rose to 2.44%.

Mumbai, meanwhile, saw a 47% rise in daily COVID cases, reporting 5,428 new cases. The state of Maharashtra, in total, reported 8,067 new Coronavirus infections.
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Earlier in the evening, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava wrote to the chief secretaries of all states/UTs on Friday, asking them to set up round-the-clock functional Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) booths at different locations, engage medical and paramedical staff, and encourage the use of home test kits.

The health ministry further said:

"Any individual presenting with fever with or without cough, headache, sore throat, breathlessness, body ache, the recent loss of taste or smell, fatigue, and diarrhoea should be considered as a suspect case of COVID-19 unless proven otherwise.”

(With inputs from ANI.)

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