The daily Covid-19 cases in Delhi have been on the rise over the last few days and the positivity rate has jumped from 0.5 per cent to 2.7 per cent in a week. On Friday, Delhi recorded 366 Covid cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 3.95 per cent – highest since February 3. Delhi reported 325 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday, 299 on Wednesday and 137 on Monday, according to health department data. 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. There has been a rise of nearly 48 percent in the number of home isolation cases here in the last one week, according to official data.
Cases have shown an increase in other parts of North India too, including UP and Haryana. Haryana reported over 1,200 fresh Covid cases in over 14 days out of which over 1,000 infections were from Gurugram district, official data showed, while the Gautam Budh Nagar health department has said 33 more people, including the 10 children, have tested positive for the infection since Tuesday morning. The health department issued an advisory on reporting of school students in Noida catching Covid-19 or showing its symptoms in a preventive measure against the pandemic.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that there was no need to panic as hospital admissions are not increasing. Delhi health minister Satyender Jain has appealed to the people to get vaccinated at the earliest. “Wearing a mask while leaving the house can prevent most cases. Even though cases of Covid-19 have increased in Delhi, the number of patients admitted to hospitals is still normal. Apart from this, the XE variant has not been included in the list of ‘Variants of Concern’ by the World Health Organization. So there is no need to panic,” he said. Replying to questions at a press conference on Friday, Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia said, “We have taken a very decentralised approach and asked the school to take a call. We haven’t asked the schools to shut down completely. We have advised the schools that if there are cases in a particular wing, then you shut down the entire wing of the school. We have also asked the schools to report any new cases to the directorate of education.”