New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi touched another alarming milestone on Tuesday with nearly 4,000 people testing positive for coronavirus in 24 hours, taking the national capital’s tally past 66,000-mark. Meanwhile, the 68 new fatalities took the city-state’s death toll to 2,301.

According to the data shared by the state health ministry, the national capital reported 3,947 new cases on Tuesday - its highest single-day toll so far.

"The disease is spreading very fast. The government agencies are doing everything possible to check it, but if people do not act more responsibly in following social-distancing norms and wear masks while going out, things cannot improve anytime soon," a senior health official was quoted by Times of India as saying. 

The national capital reported 3,000 or more fresh cases between Friday and Sunday. On Monday, 2,909 cases were recorded in the city.

Sixty-eight fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, a Delhi health department bulletin said on Tuesday.

The death toll due to the coronavirus infection has risen to 2,301, and the total number of cases mounted to 66,602, it said. The death toll due to COVID-19 stood at 2,233 in Delhi on Monday.

The bulletin said an order has been issued regarding a revised COVID response plan for Delhi.

An order has also been issued for posting senior nursing officers at 68 private hospitals for monitoring admission of COVID-19 patients, it said.

According to the bulletin, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi stands at 24,988. A total of 39,313 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated so far.

Till now, 4,01,648 tests have been conducted, the bulletin said.

As of Tuesday, there are 261 containment zones in the national capital. 

Meanwhile, India reported a record 15,968 cases and 465 deaths -- both highest in a single day. The country has so far recorded 4,56,183 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,476 deaths. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta