The number of new Covid cases in Delhi has passed the 1000 mark after 7 months and reached 1,313 – an increase of 42 percent compared to yesterday’s figures. The positivity rate touched 1.73 percent, data from the health department showed. No new deaths were reported.
By May 26, the national capital had reported 1,491 cases with a positivity of 1.93 percent and 130 deaths.
The national capital had registered 923 cases of coronavirus yesterday – a massive jump of 86 percent from Tuesday and the highest since May 30.
Today came the rise as the government wrote to eight states urging them to take immediate action to control the sudden rise in more cities.
While Delhi and Mumbai have shown the maximum increase, the figures show an increase in other cities.
Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat have reported sudden cases of Covid in the last two weeks.
Jharkhand’s Ranchi, Karnataka’s Bengaluru Urban, Haryanas Gurgaon, Tamil Nadu’s Chennai, Maharashtra’s Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Pune, Thane and Nagpur and West Bengal’s Kolkata have also reported a sudden and significant increase over the same period, the center said.
The Union’s Ministry of Health has advised the states concerned to take immediate action – step up tests, track contacts, ensure proper isolation or quarantine of people who test positive, and speed up vaccination.
It has also recommended setting up containment zones and buffer zones and keeping hospitals and Covid centers ready for any emergency.
Data have shown that the average daily increase in Covid this time is almost 21 percent faster than during the second wave in March-April. A seven-day moving average showed that cases have risen from 56 to 199. Today’s figures are likely to push the course further north.
Earlier this week, Delhi imposed a series of restrictions under the Yellow Alert – part of the city’s four-stage graded response action plan or GRAP drawn up in anticipation of a possible third wave.
Shopping malls, restaurants, shops, movie theaters and gyms were closed. The same was true of schools and colleges. Private offices will be allowed to operate with 50 percent capacity from kl. 9 to 17.