Viral fears, again: 4 Delhi districts in ‘red’ with weekly Covid positive rate of above 10%

Times of India | 6 days ago | 22-06-2022 | 04:42 am

Viral fears, again: 4 Delhi districts in ‘red’ with weekly Covid positive rate of above 10%

NEW DELHI: While Delhi has mostly reported around 1,500 new Covid-19 cases every day in the last one week, the test positivity rate has seen a major spike. In the last one week, four revenue districts — East, Central, South and North West — have entered the “Red zone” with average weekly positivity rate of above 10%. South district has consistently seen the highest positivity rate, while last week East district witnessed a massive jump in the weekly positivity rate, which stands at 13.11%. Compared with the weekly positivity rate of 5.25%, in the second week of June the district recorded an increase of 7.86 percentage points, the highest in the city. TimesViewIn the past few weeks, the city’s Covid positivity rate has shot up. However, there is no reason to panic. The percentage of patients being hospitalized is still extremely low. Nonetheless, Covid appropriate behaviour must continue.The average weekly positivity rate for Delhi was 8.49% in the last seven days, compared with 3.79% in the second week of June and 2.17% in the first week. The average in the last one week has increased by 4.7 percentage points compared with the second week of June and by 6.32 percentage points when compared with the first week. During the first week of June, all districts were in the “Green zone” with an average weekly positivity rate of below 5%. However, South, East, Central, and North West districts entered the “Orange zone” with average weekly positivity rates above 5% between June 8 and 14. Even as four districts have recorded an average positivity rate of more than 10%, South West (9.46%) is close to sliding from the Orange to the Red zone. Apart from East, four other districts have seen an increase in the average weekly positivity rate by more than 5 percentage points. These include Central (6.55), South (5.88), North West (5.32), and Shahdara (5.08). Those that have seen an increase of close to 5 percentage points are New Delhi (4.9), South West (4.59) and West (4.48). North East district, which has consistently recorded the lowest positivity rate, has seen the lowest increase of 1.31 percentage points. However, the district has also recorded an average weekly positivity rate of more than 1% after a long period. However, it has the lowest share of more reliable RT-PCR tests (38%) than any other district. The overall average weekly positivity rate of 8.49% has come from 32% Rapid Antigen Tests and 68% RT-PCR tests. The share of RT-PCR tests has increased in the last one week compared with 36.5% RAT and 63.5% RT-PCR tests the previous week.

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