All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that “super-spreader” events during the festival season may have contributed to the rise in new coronavirus cases in Delhi, ANI reported.

The national Capital reported the biggest single-day jump with 8,593 new cases on Wednesday, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government. As many as 85 deaths were reported in a single day, taking the toll to 7,228. The toll was also the second-highest figure recorded by the city. It reported a higher number of deaths on June 16 with 93 fatalities.

“Three times more tests are being done now as compared to the last peak...It is clear this is the third wave,” Health Minister Satyendar Jain told reporters.

Guleria said heavily crowded markets may have acted as “super-spreader spots” – where many people may have been infected.

“What happens is if in a crowd one does not wear mask, one person who may be asymptomatic and is highly infectious, he can spread the disease to a large number of people in the crowd,” Guleria told ANI. “If they get the disease, they will take it to the area they go to, their own...

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