After drop in Jan and Feb, positivity rate rises again | Noida News

Noida/Ghaziabad: At the beginning of 2021, as the number of Covid-19 cases fell in Noida and Ghaziabad, there was a decline in positivity rates too.
Comparing official figures from the past three months, it is clear that the positivity rate started declining in January and remained low throughout February. But the numbers have swelled up in March.
From 0.5% in January to 0.3% in February and 0.5% in March, Noida is witnessing a rising trend after the brief decline in positivity rate. While the total number of cases in Gautam Budh Nagar was 327 in January, it reduced to nearly half at 175 in February. In March, however, the number stands at 176 and 10 days are remaining with over 10 new cases daily on average.
As many as 25,744 persons have been found positive in Noida in the 7,75,723 tests conducted so far. The overall positivity rate stands at 3.3%.
In Ghaziabad, there has been a marginal increase in the positivity rate in March. According to official figures, the positivity rate was 0.3% in February and has increased to 0.4% this month. In January, the number stood at 0.7%. Like GB Nagar, Ghaziabad too saw a downward trend in positive cases in January, when the positivity rate fell from 2.9% in December.
While 184 Covid cases were recorded in February, nearly 210 cases have been reported this month (till March 20). Notably, the district has not recorded a single death since January, as the toll stands at 102.
Overall, there have been 26,965 Covid cases in Ghaziabad so far, while 8,40,547 tests have been conducted. The overall positivity rate stands at 3.2%.
According to the health department, the main reason for the surge in Ghaziabad was the detection of 28 positive cases at CPWD Training Centre on Hapur road in the second week of March.
Meanwhile, officials in both districts said the positivity rate may go further up in and around Holi. “There is a lot of inter-state movement of people due to the festival. The infection from other states is likely to spread here. We have started implementing measures to combat the expected surge,” said a senior health official in Ghaziabad.
In Noida, officials pointed out that it is difficult to keep track of domestic travellers since the city does not have a railway station, airport or inter-state bus terminal. “Most of the travellers coming from other states use the road. Since we do not get information about such travellers, we can only increase surveillance and hope that people remain careful. The cases have started increasing, but the rate is slow as of now,” said a health department official in Noida.
While Covid testing teams have been deputed at two exit points of Ghaziabad railway station to mandatorily test people coming from Maharashtra and Kerala, the district authorities have re-activated the monitoring committees. They were formed when the virus started spreading in the district to keep an eye on people in their respective areas.
The main task of the monitoring committees is to make people aware of the disease and inform the health department and the administration about people with Covid symptoms as well as those coming from other states.
There are 100 committees in 100 wards of the municipal corporation areas of the district, 186 committees at the municipality and Nagar panchayat levels in rural areas and 161 committees at the panchayat level in villages. Similarly, in Noida, there are around 400 such monitoring groups, including RWAs and AOAs.
Officials said that while the Covid testing had slowed down, focused testing has been started again and will continue for the rest of the month.

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