New Delhi: Delhi on Thursday recorded 2,202 Covid cases, the highest in six months, with a positivity rate of 11.84 per cent, while four more people died due to the disease, according to health department data.
It was the second consecutive day that the daily count of Covid cases crossed the 2,000-mark. Thursday’s case count was the highest since February 4, when the national capital logged 2,272 cases and 20 deaths.
Delhi on Wednesday reported 2,073 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.64 per cent. The number of deaths recorded on Wednesday was the highest since June 25 when six deaths were reported due to COVID-19 in the city.
Also, this was the fourth day in a row that the positivity rate breached the 10-per cent mark.
People letting their guard down and not following social distancing norms are leading to a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, experts said on Thursday, while stressing that these fluctuations also indicate that the disease is at the endemic stage.
Senior Pulmonologist at Apollo Hospital in Delhi, Dr Nikhil Modi said the COVID cases are definitely rising but symptoms remain mild.
The COVID cases are definitely on the rise, Delhi reported more than 2000 cases but most of the patients are having very mild symptoms, Dr Modi said.
Taking about the risk to people who have comorbidities, Dr Modi said,
Patients with 80 to 90 years of age with diabetes and other issues have been reporting to us, but fortunately all of them have mild symptoms.
A senior consultant at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr Dhiren Gupta said people who don’t get tested themselves timely and don’t follow COVID-appropriate behaviour are the ones who land up with trouble.
Some of the people don’t follow COVID appropriate behaviour, people get them tested only when they land up in trouble,” Dr Gupta said. The reasons for rising COVID numbers are reckless behaviour of people and not wearing masks. The changes in the weather also can be a reason. There are few deaths that have been reported, in which most of them died due to comorbidities rather than COVID infections. Most of the cases are mild and it is more like flu-like symptoms which we are seeing cough, fever and some sometimes high fever for two or three days. Symptoms are usually settling with the first five days or in a week, he said.
Dr Gupta further said the COVID is not done yet and reinfection is extremely prevalent at this stage.
With Inputs From Agencies
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