Over 2,000 containment zones in Delhi
: Delhi’s containment zones are mainly concentrated in certain densely packed residential areas. These include regions such as Rohini, Pitampura, Dwarka and Burari among others. Official records also show that these containment zones are home to over a quarter of the active Covid-19 cases in every district, ranging from 27.3 per cent in the North to 26.02 per cent in the West district. Further, there might be a need to re-work the ‘sealing’ strategy adopted by DDMA since in every district there are a few areas where more lanes and buildings in clusters have been sealed compared to others. Delhi’s containment zone
policy was changed somewhere in mid-June, when it was decided to shift focus to micro-containment rather than sealing whole neighbourhoods. Read more here
New cases exceed recoveries
: For six consecutive days India had been reporting more number of daily recoveries than Covid cases, raising hope for a slowdown in the spread of the virus. This streak, however, has been broken. The streak was broken by a decline in the number of recoveries rather than a spike in the number of cases. Thursday saw a total of 86,052 new confirmed cases, slightly lower than the 86,508 detected a day earlier, but the recoveries dropped from 87,374 to 81,177. The number of active cases also went up to 970,000 on Thursday. Read more here
: One in five people could be walking around with ‘silent’ Covid-19, according to a new study. Researchers now believe it’s these people who are driving the pandemic worldwide. Silent Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic ones. The authors of the study have suggested expanding the scope of testing to include asymptomatic patients, especially those in high-risk settings, as well. The study also confirms a fear that many have: those with asymptomatic Covid-19 have similar viral load as those exhibiting symptoms. Further, monitoring these people is important to understand if they’re actually asymptomatic or just in the pre-symptomatic stages to better understand the nature and spread of the virus. Doing this, however, is challenging considering the fact that the people are symptomless. Read more here
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