Covid-19 cases are again on the rise in the capital, with 795 new cases reported on Saturday, the highest in nearly a month, according to the Delhi government’s daily health bulletin. Delhi’s positivity rate was 4.11%, the highest in 32 days. The number of hospitalizations is also on the rise, with the number reaching 92 compared to 61 at the end of May.
The number of cases, which increased slightly in April shortly after mask mandates were revoked, has never fallen to the levels seen after the third wave of cases in January. The numbers, in fact, held steady between 300 to 400 and the positivity rate between 1.7% and 2.7% for about two weeks before starting to rise again.
Not only has the new cases been on the rise, but the number of active cases or those with an existing infection has also crossed the 2,000 mark. Delhi recorded 2,247 active cases on Saturday as per the bulletin.
More than 2,000 active cases were last recorded on May 21 as the slight rise in cases in April was waning.
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Regarding the increase in the number of hospitalizations, city doctors say, however, that hospitalization for patients with other conditions who tested positive for Covid is similar to the third wave in January. Most of them report to hospitals with fever, cough and cold.
“Now the disease is slowly turning into like seasonal flu. We see it every year and most recover after some fever, cough and cold. Some complications do appear, but only in the elderly or those with significant comorbidities. With nearly everyone exposed to infection and vaccination, the numbers are unlikely to increase.” Sharply like the January wave.Unless of course there is a change in the virus, but that seems unlikely,” said Dr. Atul Jogja, senior medical advisor at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Dr. Rommel Teko, Director of Internal Medicine at Max Hospital, agreed, “These fluctuations and falls will continue to occur. This is what the endemic level of the disease looks like. Small spikes in cases will occur locally across the country before stabilizing within six months to a year.” .