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100% first dose coverage as Delhi cases touch 180 | Cities News – The Indian Express

With 180 new cases of Covid-19, Delhi reported its highest daily tally since mid-June on a day when it reached the milestone of 100% first dose vaccinations. There are 14.8 million adults eligible for vaccination in Delhi, as per the government.
Around 71.3% of the eligible population has received their second shots as well. Amidst the omicron scare, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the Centre earlier this week to allow booster shots.
“Delhi completes the first dose to 100% eligible people — 148.33 lakh. Salute to doctors, ANMs, teachers, ASHAs, CDVs and all other frontline workers. Congratulations to DMs, CDMOs, DIOs and all district functionaries,” the CM tweeted on Friday afternoon.
The 180 new cases on Friday is the highest since June 16 when 212 cases were reported.
This week, Delhi recorded over 144 new cases of Covid-19 on average each day, according to the data, as opposed to just over 70 cases a day on average during last week, and 51 cases the week before that.
There is an increasing trend in the number of cases, despite all Delhi residents receiving at least one shot of the vaccine. The previous sero surveillance conducted in September said 97% of Delhi residents had antibodies against the Sars-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19.
The latest surge could be linked to the new omicron variant; the number of omicron cases in Delhi stood at 67 on Friday, tailing just behind Maharashtra that has reported 88 cases so far. The heavily mutated variant is supposed to be at least three times more transmissible than delta and significantly evasive of immunity gained through vaccination.
In addition to the absolute number of cases in the capital, there has also been an increase in the positivity rate or the proportion of samples that return positive. The positivity rate shot up to 0.29% on Friday, increasing from less than 0.1% that was maintained for nearly six months. The average positivity rate last week stood at 0.12%.
The first phase of Covid-19 restrictions by the Delhi government will kick in if the number crosses 0.5%, as per the government’s graded response action plan.
However, the government has already started working on boosting its infrastructure for testing and treating Covid patients. Kejriwal, after a review meeting on Thursday, said the government was working to build capacity to conduct 3 lakh tests a day and deal with 1 lakh cases each day.
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