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After a plateauing for the past couple of months, the COVID-19 cases seem to have again witnessed a rapid rise in Delhi since last week. On Sunday, Delhi reported 517 new COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, followed by 501 cases on Monday.
On Monday, the positivity rate further jumped to 7.72 per cent — a sharp spike from 4.21 per cent reported on Sunday evening. However, luckily, no new deaths were reported on Monday. The fatality rate stood at 1.4 per cent, as per the bulletin issued on Sunday evening.
According to data from the city health department, the positivity rate in the last week between April 10 and April 18 has increased six-fold. With the new cases, Delhi's infection tally has risen to 18.7 lakh, while the death toll stands at 26,000.
A survey conducted by a private company named LocalCircles has reported that the spread has spiked by 500 per cent in the last 15 days. Furthermore, the survey also revealed that around 19 per cent of participants from Delhi-NCR shared that someone in their close social circuit tested positive for the viral infection.
On Monday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the situation is not alarming as the rate of hospitalisation is low. "Majority of Delhi's population are vaccinated now. We are constantly monitoring the situation," he said at a press meet.
Stressing that wearing masks is vital to preventing infection, he said a school protocol has already been prepared. In the last few days, nearly 100 school children in the NCR region of the capital have been tested positive. Experts have attributed this surge in infections to the opening of schools and low vaccination rates among children.
"COVID-19 cases are showing a rapid surge in the paediatric group at the moment, especially in our NCR region because the kids have started attending school. They are not vaccinated yet as the vaccine is still under trial for under 12 years of age group," Dr Col. Vijay Dutta, Senior Consultant of the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, told IANS.
(Inputs from IANS and Times of India)
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