New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With massive surge in coronavirus cases in the last two weeks, Delhi’s case tally has crossed an alarming 25,000-mark and now stands second to Maharashtra in terms of active COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday, the national capital recorded 1,359 fresh cases which took the city's COVID-19 tally past the 25,000-mark, and the death toll due to the disease mounted to 650. The highest single-day spike of 1,513 cases in the national capital was recorded on June 3.

Since May 5 when the city-state’s tally stood at 10,554, cases in Delhi have more than doubled. On June, the national capital for the first time recorded more number of cases on any single day than Mumbai, which registered 1,276 cases on Wednesday.

As of now, Delhi has 25,004 confirmed cases, of which 14,456 are active. Only Maharashtra has more number of active cases in the country -- 41,402. Delhi’s tally is much higher than the number of active cases in Tamil Nadu (12,135) and Gujarat (4,779).

Delhi’s daily count of COVID-19 crossed the 1,000-mark for the first time on May 28 when 1,024 new cases were reported. Since then, the numbers have been going up daily - except on June 1 when 990 new cases were reported.

A total of 44 fatalities were reported on June 3, which took place between May 3 and June 3, the bulletin said. Seventeen deaths took place on June 2, it added.

The bulletin, however, said the cumulative death figure refers to fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be COVID-19, according to a report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of the case-sheets received from various hospitals.  

On Wednesday, the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital stood at 23,645, including 606 deaths.

The mortality rate in Delhi is the second-lowest stood at just 1.59 per cent amongst the severely affected major cities of India (only after Chennai) on May 20. That number has increased to 2.56 per cent in a fortnight. While it is still lower than the national average of 2.8 per cent, the rise is significant and a matter of huge concern. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta