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Delhi: Coronavirus infections spreading fast in younger population

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Coronavirus in younger population: The Corona virus infections are fast spreading among the younger sections of population in Delhi. As the city witnesses the 3rd wave of Covid infections, the health minister of Delhi Satyendra Jain remarked on Wednesday that as per the new trend being witnessed, the virus was fast spreading among the people aged between 20-45 years.

Jain said that the severity of infections may not affected them as badly but the spread can pose a threat to the elderly people at homes. Jain argued that the vaccination drive should now be made available to all ages.

Coronavirus in younger population

Jain said that Delhi saw 5,100 positive new Covid cases on Wednesday. This was also the first time the number of Covid tests crossed 1 lakh per day. The positivity rate was at 4.93%. From last few days, the positivity rate in Delhi is hovering around 5%. In the past few three weeks, Delhi has seen a surge in the number of positive cases. There was a time that the cases had come under 200, but now it has crossed the 5000.

Health minister said that the Delhi government is escalating the number of beds in the hospitals. In the last three days, more than 2000 beds have been added and in the coming 2-3 days, an additional 2000-2500 will be increased. Jain said that covid has lasted for more than a year and the most effective way to curb the infection is to wear a mask and follow the protocol of sanitisation and social distancing.

At a time when the decision to impose night curfew in Delhi has been criticized by several sections of traders and industries, Jain defended the move stating that the night curfew in Delhi from 10 pm to 5 am has been done to avoid unnecessary crowds that could cause the virus to spread. He said that the curfew was done temporarily and the impact will be analysed. “The night curfew has been imposed between 10 PM in the night to 5 AM in the morning. There were reports about parties, which cause unnecessary gatherings and people are in close contact there. Hence the night curfew is aimed to avoid this situation because if even one is positive among the 50 people, all 50 test positive.”

Jain added, “We cannot impose night curfew in certain parts, it has to be applied to all of Delhi. However it has been done for the time being. We will analyse the impact. It is not a harsh decision, it will start from 10 PM in the night and people generally finish their work by then.” Corona virus cases have been rising all across the country with India registering highest single day case count all over the world. The positivity rate is above 5% in Delhi, 25% in Maharashtra, 16% in Chhattisgarh and 10% in many other states.

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