Delhi is seeing an upward trend in Covid cases yet again after the city recorded a drop in the daily tally over the last few weeks. On Thursday, the national capital registered 325 new patients, the highest one-day rise since March 3. The spike comes after the city had dropped the rule for mandatory masks recently. Worries over spread of the virus in schools in Delhi and nearby cities have also emerged. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to take up the matter on Friday. The disaster body – DDMA – will meet next week (April 20) to decide on the mask rule.
Here are the top updates on Delhi Covid cases:
1. Manish Sisodia on Thursday said Covid guidelines for schools will be issued on Friday. The statement came as some schools reported infection among students and teachers.
2. Across India, an average of 1,000 Covid cases have been recorded since March-end. But a surge in Delhi and Mumbai have caught the attention. This also comes as some European nations – France, Germany and Italy – and China are battling a fresh spike. A New XE variant – of which government officials have recorded two patients from Mumbai and Gujarat – is also on the WHO radar.
3. The hospitalisations in the city have been low and the new spike should not be a matter of worry, the Delhi government has said. “Covid cases have slightly increased but there is no rise in hospitalization, so we need not worry. There is no need to panic but stay alert. We have to learn to live with Covid. We are constantly monitoring the situation,” Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, told reporters.
4. Online classes were discontinued in Delhi schools from April 1 after a gap of more than two years as in-person classes fully resumed.
5. The chief minister has also urged people not to worry. During the earlier waves, he had stressed that the city needed to “learn to live with the virus”.
6. The latest positivity rate in the national capital stood at 2.39 per cent as compared to 2.49 per cent the day before when Delhi recorded 299 patients.
7. “I am keeping a constant vigil and keeping a track of cases from schools. I have told my officials that for a few days, offs are there. There have not been too many cases anywhere,” Sisodia said on Thursday.
8. Amid the Omicron variant-driven spike in the city in January, the daily tally had passed the 28,000-mark, setting a new record. The hospital infrastructure, however, did not come under pressure.
9. In the second wave of Covid, SOS from Delhi hospitals for medical oxygen had caught the global attention. Hospitals too had buckled under the pressure of the cases.
10. A large population in the city is however now vaccinated. The central government has also expanded the vaccination drive to allow the third dose of vaccine.