India’s Capital Reports No Virus Deaths for First Time Since May
A health worker conducts COVID-19 testing at Baratooti Bazar in New Delhi. Image used for representation.

India’s Capital Reports No Virus Deaths for First Time Since May

India’s capital New Delhi didn’t report any coronavirus-related deaths for the first time in nine months, a milestone for a city that had emerged as a hotspot for the pandemic.

With a population of about 16 million, it has reported 10,882 deaths since the city recorded its first casualty on March 13, according to health ministry data. The last time the city reported a zero figure before Tuesday was on May 11.

It has 636,260 confirmed cases so far, according to a Delhi government health bulletin. Hundred new cases were reported out of 56,410 tests carried out on Tuesday.

The capital was overwhelmed with Covid cases around May and June and then again in the latter part of last year. Hospitals witnessed a shortage of beds and bodies piled up in morgues and crematoriums.

Throughout the country, about half of India’s states and federally-administered territories, including India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, recorded no fatalities on Tuesday.

India is the second-worst virus-hit country in the world, trailing only the U.S. with more than 10.8 million infections and 155,252 deaths. With the roll out of vaccination to 6.6 million people so far, the health authorities are cautiously optimistic about reining in infections virus in the country.

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