New Delhi: Delhi recorded a total of 2,224 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday in the highest single-day spike. Further, 56 fatalities were registered in the last 24 hours. The total infection tally zoomed to 41,182, while the death toll soared to 1,327. Also Read - COVID-19: Situation May Get Worse And Worse, Warns WHO as Global Cases Near 13 Million
Notably, this is the third successive day when over 2,000 cases have been reported in a day in Delhi. The previous highest spike in fresh cases — 2,137 — was recorded on June 12. Also Read - Indian Boxing Team Doctor Tests Positive For COVID-19
As many as 15,823 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated so far, while there are 24,032 active cases, the latest bulletin said. Also Read - Iran Reports 2,349 New Coronavirus Cases; Total Tally at 259,652
Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev on Sunday held a meeting through video conference with senior officials to ramp up the testing facilities to 10,000 in next two days, and have 100 per cent house-to-house survey in containment zones and other points pursuant to directions of the Union Home Ministry, the bulletin said.
As the cases rose, the Hindu Rao Hospital, run by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), was on Sunday declared as a dedicated COVID-19 hospital, according to an official order.
The number of containment zones in the city on Sunday stood at 222.
Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that 500 railways coaches will be given to Delhi to address the shortage of beds for COVID-19 patients.
He also stated that corona testing will be doubled in the capital city in the next 2 days. “To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi, testing for coronavirus will be doubled in the next couple of days, and after six days testing would be increased by three times,” tweeted the Home Minister.