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Covid positivity rate jumps, Gurgaon plans to ramp up testing | Gurgaon News

Gurgaon: From 0.1% in the last week of February, the city’s Covid-19 positivity rate has jumped to 2.5% this week. On Thursday, the city had recorded over 100 new cases in a day for the first time this year. On Friday, the number jumped to 184. It’s now back to testing, tracking and surveillance. Haryana has set a target of 5 lakh vaccinations per week.
The first week of March recorded a positivity rate of 1.2%, which rose to 1.9% in the following week. In the past five days, it again witnessed a spike to 2.5%.This is due to the rise in daily cases, which have seen a steady rise since March 1, health officials said. On Friday, the city reported 184 new Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 60,385. The city had witnessed 230 fresh cases on December 16, after which daily cases had seen a downward trend until this month.
In a meeting with the chief medical officers (CMOs) and deputy commissioners of all Haryana districts on Friday, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar directed officials to ramp up testing.
“As directed by the state, we will increase testing, tracing of contacts and treatment of people who are infected with the virus. Yes, the daily cases are increasing as more people are getting exposed to the virus. Offices and malls are open now and people are venturing out. Hence, the cases are rising,” said Dr Virender Yadav, the Gurgaon CMO.
While the governments of Delhi and UP have requested the Centre to relax the guidelines to allow vaccinations for all in view of the spurt in Covid cases, Haryana has no such plans at present. “We are keeping a target of five lakh vaccinations per week for Haryana as the daily Covid numbers are increasing. At present, the state is not planning to request opening up the vaccination drive for other age groups. We are following the Centre’s directions,” said Rajeev Arora, additional chief secretary (health), Haryana. He added, “Haryana is yet to vaccinate a large number of population who are above 60 years of age or fall in the comorbidity category. It is very important that we vaccinate them first.”
Meanwhile, the city is planning to increase antigen testing in areas where cases are rising. “We will try to keep the daily positivity rate less than 5%. For this, we will increase testing,” CMO Yadav said. He added that teams from the health department are monitoring the situation and in coming days, the city is likely to have more containment zones. At present, there are 27 containment zones in the city.
A total of 101 patients recovered from Covid on Friday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 59,283. No one died of the infection on Friday. So far, 360 people in the city have died of Covid, of whom 277 had comorbidities.

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