rises to 1,525. The nation’s capital on Saturday recorded a massive 50% increase in new Covid-19 infections to 2,716, with around 3.64% of COVID-19 tests turning positive – a high positivity rate. So far, the city has one dead.
Europe has recorded more than 100 million cases of coronavirus, more than a third of all infections in the world, since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP tally. The continent has once again become the epicenter of the pandemic in recent months and is facing an upsurge in cases caused by the highly transmissible strain Omicron.
Delhi’s increase on Saturday is the highest since May 21, when 3,009 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 4.76%, while 252 deaths were also reported on that day. As of Friday, the city had registered 1,796 cases and a positivity rate of 1.73% and Thursday, 1,313 cases were registered with a positivity rate of 2.44%, according to official figures.
The European region, which includes 52 countries and territories from the Atlantic coast to Azerbaijan and Russia, has recorded 100,074,753 Covid-19 infections in the past two years, according to the count. This is equivalent to more than a third of the 288,279,803 cases reported worldwide since the outbreak of the pandemic at the end of 2019 in China.
Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 6,347 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the number of cases in the city to 7,91,457, a city official said. Saturday’s tally is the highest since the 5,888 cases seen on April 24 of this year in the second wave. The death toll rose by one to 16,377. The number of active cases stood at 22,334, a sharp increase from 16,441 the previous day.
France has become the sixth country in the world to report more than 10 million COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, according to official data released on Saturday. The country’s health authorities have confirmed more than 200,000 daily cases of COVID for a fourth day in a row. Announcing new curbs amid a massive increase in cases, the government has asked, children aged six and older will be required to wear face masks on public transport starting Monday. The mask was previously compulsory from the age of 11, but Paris is toughening up regulations given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
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