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Drop in Delhi’s Covid-19 positivity rate in the past 7 days; constant increase in the number of containment zones

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The Covid-19 positivity rate in the national capital has plummeted in the last week, going from 8.65% on November 26 to 5% on December 2, even as the count of containment zones has grown dramatically. constant in the same period, according to official data.

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In this duration, nearly 100 containment zones have been added each day, rising to 5,772 on Wednesday.

Delhi recorded 3,944 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the count to more than 5.78 lakh, while 82 new deaths brought the figure to 9,342.

These new cases emerged from a record 78,949 tests performed on Tuesday, including 36,370 RT-PCR tests, while the positivity rate dropped to 5 percent, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

This is the largest number of tests performed in one day to date and also the first time that more than 70,000 tests have been performed.

The positivity rate has been dropping steadily since November 26 to date, except for November 29, when it rose marginally to 7.64% compared to 7.24% on November 28, according to official figures shared by the Delhi health department.

The positivity rate was 8.65 percent on November 26 when 5,475 new cases were recorded, and 8.51 percent on November 27 when 5,482 cases were reported.

On November 30, the rate fell again to 7.35 percent; 6.85 percent on December 1 and 5 percent on December 2, according to the data.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday that the Covid-19 positivity rate in the national capital is falling rapidly and should fall below the 5 percent level in the coming days.

However, the number of buffer zones has risen steadily in the last week, from 5,156 on November 26 to 5,772 on December 2.

The zone count in the intermediate days was – 5,229 (November 27), 5,331 (November 28), 5,441 (November 29), 5,552 (November 30) and 5,669 (December 1), according to official data.

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When asked about the increase in the buffer zone count, Jain said that according to government policy, any place where three or more cases are reported becomes a buffer zone.

“So this is our effort to contain the spread of the virus and therefore the numbers are increasing and therefore not a cause for concern,” he said, adding that the rapidly falling positivity rate is a “satisfactory” trend.

The positivity rate was 15.26 percent on November 7. There has been a reduction of nearly 55 percent since early November, Jain said on Tuesday.

There were 82 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the death toll in the national capital to 9,342.

The active case count on Wednesday dropped to 30,302 from 31,769 on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s health bulletin said the total number of cases rose to 5.78,324, while the recovery rate stood at more than 93 percent.

The highest peak in a single day to date (8,593 cases) was reported on November 11.

Hindustan Times

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