Updated: April 17, 2021 8:56:32 pm
For the first time since the Covid pandemic broke out last year, Gurgaon on Saturday recorded more than 2,000 new cases of the infection. The number of people testing positive, 2,549, is significantly higher than a day earlier, when 1,919 new cases had emerged.
According to the district health department, there are now 10,691 active Covid cases in Gurgaon, of which 10,085 are in home isolation. Two people also succumbed to the infection on Saturday, bringing the total count of fatalities so far to 376.
With the pandemic wreaking havoc in the National Capital Region over the last few days, Gurgaon’s health department has increased its focus on testing – a strategy the civil surgeon had stated last week they would be adopting, along with increasing micro-containment, in an effort to contain the spread of infection.
According to data compiled from daily bulletins, between 8,500 and 11,000 tests have been conducted in Gurgaon on each day this week so far, with more than 10,000 tests being conducted for the last four days in a row. In total, more than 58,000 tests have been conducted in the first six days of this week alone.
In comparison, in the preceding week, a total of 52,781 tests had been conducted over the entire seven days. This rise in testing, officials said, could also partially be responsible for the surge in Covid numbers, as the health department has been reaching a larger section of the infected population. While 5,188 new cases had emerged last week, the number has already crossed 9,000 this week.
“We have consciously increased testing over the last few days. Between 14 and 16 testing camps, both RT-PCR and antigen, are being set up across the district daily. This could be partially responsible for the rise in cases as well,” said Dr Virender Yadav, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Gurgaon.
“Our effort has been to carry out as much testing as we can with the manpower and infrastructure that we have. However, we have reached a kind of saturation point in this regard. The aim now is to maintain these numbers and continue extensive testing,” he said.
Micro containment – the second strategy that the health department is adopting – has also been increased this week, with the number of containment zones being increased from 94 at the start of week to 119 in fresh orders issued on Friday evening.
Despite the surge in cases, Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg, speaking to The Indian Express on Friday, had dismissed rumours of a weekend lockdown for the district — a measure that has been adopted in neighbouring Delhi to curb the infection.
“As of now, it is only night curfew that is being imposed. If this escalates further and the government thinks it fit, then we might be going for a weekend lockdown, but as of now there are no plans for it,” he had said.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, Gurgaon has recorded 79,324 cases, of which 68,257 have recovered and 376 have succumbed to the infection.
The health department has also been looking towards vaccination to contain the outbreak. Over 4 lakh people have been vaccinated in the district so far. On Saturday, 4,744 people received their first dose of the vaccine while 2,513 received their second dose.
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