Delhi’s Covid positivity rate has gone beyond 2%.
On Thursday, the number of home isolation cases stood at 574 while 325 new coronavirus cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 2.39 per cent.
Official sources said patients of all age groups and both working professionals and students, are getting infected and under home isolation.
They, however, did not specify as to which age-group was particularly getting affected.
The daily cases have been on the rise in the last few days while the positivity rate here has been registered in excess of one per cent since 4 April when it had stood at 1.34%.
As the Covid positivity rate in the national capital has jumped from 0.57 per cent on April 1 to 2.39 per cent on April 14, the number of home isolation cases has shown an upward trend in the last one week.
On April 8, the city had reported 146 cases with a positivity rate of 1.39% and 388 patients were under home isolation, according to the data shared by city health department authorities.
The count of home isolation cases has steadily increased in this period, rising to 574 on 14 April. The corresponding figures on 11 April was 447 and on 13 April it had stood at 504. There has been a rise of nearly 48 per cent in the home isolation cases in the last one week.
“Very few people are now going for a Covid test, and only those with extreme symptoms are opting for it. Testing cannot be imposed on people and transit testing at stations and bus depots, shelters, etc, are not being done. And, those getting symptoms are not going for test, and only those with co-morbidities going to hospitals that too if there is a severity, so home isolation cases count have risen,” an official source said.
Many doctors have also said that very few people are going for a Covid test after onset of symptoms and people are now “preferring to recuperate at home”.
Meanwhile, Delhi heath minister’s office in a statement in the evening, said the home isolation system to contain the spread of the infection would be implemented if cases witness a “significant surge”.
During the previous waves of the corona pandemic, the home isolation system proved to be extremely beneficial for patients. In view of this, if the cases increase again, the home isolation system will be implemented.
“Patients with mild coronavirus symptoms will get better treatment at home. CDV teams, along with ANM, ASHA and paramedical workers, will visit the homes of coronavirus-infected patients and inform them about being under home isolation and on taking necessary precautions. Teams will assess a patient’s health and will provide home isolation kits with oximeters. Tele-caller teams will call them in the morning and evening to get health-related information of a patient. If the patient’s condition is critical, they will be immediately admitted to the hospital,” it said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was quoted as saying in the statement that “number of people being admitted to hospitals is not increasing” and there is “nothing to worry about right now”.
There are 9,745 beds for Covid-19 patients in Delhi hospitals and 48 (0.49 per cent) of them are occupied, the health bulletin issued on Thursday said.
Doctors on Tuesday had said that it was “not a panic situation” as the count of daily cases was still low, but had cautioned against dropping the guard.
But with a rise in the positivity rate, there is a parallel increase in the number of home isolation cases too.
Delhi’s Covid-19 tally and the death toll due to the disease had stood at 18,67,206 and 26,158 respectively on Thursday, according to official data.
On Monday, the positivity rate had stood at 2.7 per cent, the highest in two months. It was 2.87 per cent on February 5.
The number of daily Covid cases in Delhi had touched a record high of 28,867 on January 13, during the third wave of the pandemic.
The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14, the highest during the third wave of the pandemic, which was largely driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The number of home isolation cases on February 1 had stood at 12,312. By late February, the number of patients under home isolation here had gradually fallen.
On February 24, the home isolation cases count had stood at 1,559, registering a steep fall in the figures. It subsequently fell further, only to record a rise again in April.