According to the health department, cases have increased in these areas as most residents commute to Delhi on a regular basis or have recently travelled to various states.
The city reported an average of 48 Covid cases in the first week of March, which rose to 71 cases the following week. The current positivity rate of Gurugram is 1.9%. While Tigra has a positivity rate of 5.2% and Wazirabad 2.9%, both Badshapur and Bhangrola have a positivity rate of 2.3% and Chandralok 1.2%. Out of the total 571 active cases in the city at present, these five areas account for 407. This means 71% of the city’s active cases are in these areas.
The health department said that they are conducting focused testing in these areas. As neighbouring Delhi is witnessing a surge, the city is likely to get more cases in the coming days as well, according to officials. “We are again witnessing that families of Covid patients are getting infected. Most of the new patients are in the age group of 21 years to 40 years, and those employed with private firms are the most affected in this surge,” said Dr Virender Yadav, Gurugram chief medical officer.
He also said in areas like Tigra, Wazirabad and Chandralok, a large number of people have recently travelled to different parts of the country, leading to a spike in active cases. “The new patients have gone to Delhi and other states. We are monitoring them closely and have recommended that these areas be declared as containment zones. Focused testing of those showing symptoms is being carried out in these hotspots,” said Dr Yadav.
The city had also witnessed a surge in June, September and November, which continued till December-end. Though daily cases have been growing consistently this month, the fatality rate has remained 0.6% since February 1. A total of 359 people have died so far because of Covid in the city.
With 65 people testing positive for the virus on Sunday, the caseload currently stands at 59,835. As of Sunday, the city had 571 active cases, and 520 of the patients were in home isolation. The daily numbers had shown a downward trend from January 18 till February 27, after which they have been slowly rising again. Meanwhile, 50 more patients recovered on Friday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 58,788. The recovery rate stands at 98.4%.
No Covid death was reported on Sunday. One person was sent to an institutional quarantine facility on the day. So far, 8,70,196 people have been put under surveillance in the city. In the past 24 hours, the health authorities collected 2,913 samples for antigen and RT-PCR tests. Till now, 8,66,610 samples have been sent for testing, of which 8,03,962 returned negative while the results of 1,497 are awaited.