With the number of new coronavirus cases fluctuating daily in Delhi over the past few days, experts on Thursday said the city would witness such a trend for a fairly long time and blamed it on behavioral changes among citizens.
The national capital on Wednesday reported 970 cases of COVID-19 and one death due to the disease, with a positive rate of 3.34 percent. Earlier in the day, there were 1,118 coronavirus cases and one death in Delhi when the positivity rate was 4.38 per cent.
On Monday, the city had 799 cases of the disease and three deaths – the highest in a single day in more than two months – with a positive rate of 4.94 percent.
In Delhi, there were 1,422 cases of covidaria and zero deaths due to viral diseases on Sunday, with a positivity of 5.34 per cent. The city on Saturday reported 1,407 covid cases with a positive rate of 4.72 percent and two deaths.
Leading epidemiologist Dr Chandrakant Lahariya said the fluctuations in statistics would continue for a fairly long time and it was difficult to predict when it would continue.
“We saw an increase last month because of the festive season and people had to travel because they had to take exams voluntarily. In my opinion, people were not being tested before, but now, after seeing the media reports about the increase in cases, they have started testing. This change will continue for a fairly long time and it also depends on human behavior, “he said.
Lahariya added that if the test was raised from 30,000 to 100,000, the numbers would increase.
“In Delhi, access to exams is high, and so, people are being tested. The cases are proportional to the examination statistics, ”he added.
Dr. Bikash Maurya, Director and HOD, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bug, Pulmonoloy, said that the form is currently the cause of infection due to Omicron and its sub-variants.
“In January, a lot of people were exposed. Humans have developed immunity through vaccination and previous exposure. Most of the patients we see are those who have not previously tested positive for coronavirus. About 70 to 80 percent of those who come to us through OPD and hospitalization have no previous history of infection, ”he added.
Maurya also agrees with Lahariya that human behavior is determining their test.
“One day people are taking exams and another day, they are reluctant. It is also fluctuating. I think it will last another two to three weeks, and it might indicate that we are at the local level. Those who are hospitalized are the elderly and those with co-morbidities. They did not have a good immune system after being vaccinated, which may explain why they became infected. In children, the infection is mild, ”he said.
According to the latest health bulletin, the number of COVID-19 infections in Delhi has risen to 18,97,141 and the death toll has reached 26,184.