New Delhi: After witnessing a record low cases for several months, the capital is once again starting to face an increase in the positive Covid cases. The Delhi state health bulletin issued on Tuesday states that the state recorded 425 new cases of corona positive patients taking the number of active Covid cases in the city to 2488. In the last 10 days, Delhi has seen 3674 new cases. The city is now frequently witnessing more than 400 cases per day while just a week back the number was hovering less than 300 cases per day. Delhi has so far faced a cumulative positivity rate of 4.8% and 576 active containment zones are being managed by the various district disaster management teams.
The situation is also worrisome as new strains of the virus have been identified in the city. The Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, which is the biggest Covid treatment facility in the city, has now created a separate isolation ward to manage the 33-year-old patient identified with Covid-19 caused by the South Africa variant. The step has been taken to prevent the spread of infection via this strain and to avoid the possible mixing of the person with other patients found positive for Covid-19 due to other strains. The South African variant of the corona virus carries a specific mutation that appears to make it more contagious or easy to spread.
Minister of Health and Family Welfare Satyendar Jain said that Delhi’s positivity rate was the lowest compared to states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab and the situation was under control. He added that everyone including those who have taken the vaccine shot should continue to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing. Ahead of the Holi festival, he appealed to the Delhiites, to celebrate a dry Holi with proper precautions.
“There was a time when the positivity rate in Delhi had crossed 15%. But according to the World Health Organisation guidelines, the positivity rate should be less than 5% and Delhi is continuously seeing less than 3% rate for the past few months. For the past 2 months, it has been less than 1%. When compared, Gujarat has 3 times the positivity rate of Delhi, Punjab has 6 times, Kerala has 7 times and Maharashtra has 30 times the positivity rate,” Jain argued.
Jain said that Coronavirus is a recurring infection and it is not going to completely vanish. “People have to be careful. The one thing that we have learnt in the past 1 year is that if we wear a mask, safety is supreme. Whenever stepping out in public, make sure you’re wearing a mask, and following social distancing.”