Delhi sees 1,634 Covid cases, positivity rate falls to 29.68%

Delhi sees 1,634 Covid cases,   positivity rate falls to 29.68%

New Delhi: Delhi on Sunday logged 1,634 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 29.68 per cent, according to data shared by the city government’s health department. With the new cases, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 20,23,227. Three fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 26,563, the health department bulletin stated. Of the latest fatalities, COVID-19 was the primary cause of death in one of the cases, it stated. According to the bulletin, the fresh cases emerged out of 5,505 tests conducted the previous day.

On Saturday, Delhi had recorded 1,396 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 31.9 per cent — the highest in 15 months. The capital saw a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14 last year. The department did not issue a bulletin on Friday. Delhi reported 1,527 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 27.77 per cent on Thursday, and two deaths. The national capital’s daily tally of COVID-19 cases crossed 1,000 for the first time in more than seven months on Wednesday, while the positivity rate stood at 23.8 per cent. Delhi had recorded 1,964 cases on August 18 last year. The number of COVID-19 cases had dropped to zero on January 16 for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic. However, the city has witnessed a spurt in cases over the last fortnight. The health department bulletin on Sunday said 270 of 7,951 beds in Delhi’s dedicated COVID-19 hospitals are occupied, while 3,393 patients are in home isolation.

The number of active cases currently stands at 5,297, it said. Mock drills were conducted at Delhi hospitals on April 11 to ascertain their preparedness to tackle COVID-19. Medical experts have said Omicron sub-variant XBB.1.16 could be driving the surge in cases in the city. However, they maintained that there is no need to panic and people should follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get their booster shots. Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj had said last week that XBB.1.16 is not leading to severe infection among children.

Meanwhile, the Jawaharlal Nehru University has issued a Covid-19 advisory for its students, staff, and campus residents. Amid the surge in the active case of COVID-19, JNU has released guidelines for the well-being and safety of the students, staff, and campus residents. The official notice states that the wearing of face masks, maintaining personal hygiene, and washing and sanitizing hands have been made mandatory on the university premises and they need to practice social distancing on campus. Employees and their family members, and students who test positive or are under home isolation or quarantine need to inform the Security branch.

According to the guidelines, “the Security Branch of the University has given clear instructions to adequately inform and sensitize the filed functionaries about these advisories.

The Chief Medical Officer, Health Centre, Chief Security Officer, and Security Branch are also requested to inform the reported COVID-19 cases to the administration.”

The guidelines further stated: “In view of the surge in cases of COVID-19, and keeping in mind the well-being and the safety of students or staffs and campus residents, all stakeholders of the university are requested to strictly adhere to the following measures or steps to prevent its spread in the university campus.”

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