COVID-19 has effectively handicapped the entire world. With the steep rise in cases each day, India is also trying to tackle the virus. Recently, the Indian Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, stated that community transmission hasn’t begun in India. This news comes as a sigh of relief but the fact that there are COVID-19 clusters in various cities of India, including Delhi and Mumbai, is worrisome.
Latest reports suggest a decline in the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi, the capital city of India. So, has Delhi crossed the peak? Let us see.
Has Delhi Peaked?
Delhi is the capital of India. Businesses and governments are both run from this city. However, due to the COVID-19, Delhi has witnessed a stand-still. The lockdown, which was imposed with the view of curtailing the spread of the virus, has been somewhat successful in avoiding community transmission.
However, the spread of the virus in the city hasn’t seen a decline. The total number of cases in Delhi are above 1 lakh. In June, AIIMS professor Sanjay Rai had predicted that Delhi would witness COVID-19 peak in mid-July.
Professor Dr. Randeep Guleria of AIIMS had suggested similarly that Delhi may go past the peak by the beginning of August 2020.
It seems that the predictions are coming true. In the past few days, Delhi has recorded a decline in the number of new COVID cases. The graph of deaths per day has also gone down.
In June, the number of new cases per day was above 4,000 cases but for 10 consecutive days, the cases have been recorded below 3,000.
If this trend continues and any hike isn’t recorded, it may mean that Delhi has crossed the peak. However, the government of Delhi and the union government have made no statements on this matter.
Since experts are waiting for some more days to ensure that their analysis is accurate, we do not still know whether Delhi has crossed the peak or not. However, the trend of low cases is promising.
Experts suggest that the recovery rate in Delhi is appreciable. According to a report by Times Now, the number of patients who recovered in the last 13 out of 16 days was more than the number of new cases.
This positive trend is providing hope to the experts and doctors who are constantly fighting to help India get rid of the deadly virus.
Since Delhi is expected to cross the peak soon, the city may function as before in the near future. However, what all lies ahead for the city and its inhabitants is still unknown.
Government and private offices in the city have reopened, except in the containment zones. The offices are taking precautions of all sorts to ensure that none of their employees gets infected.
The Central government has also recently announced that they are planning to lift stringent restrictions in Unlock-3. The restrictions may be lifted with regard to the hospitality industry as well.
Though hotels and restaurants were given limited permissions under Unlock-2 guidelines, they are gearing up to reopen will full force in the third-phase of unlocking which is likely to come into force from 1st August.
As far as educational institutions are concerned, the central government plans to reopen them as well. They have also said that in places where educational institutions can’t be reopened physically, studies will continue online.
If the government approves that Delhi has crossed the peak, schools and colleges in Delhi may reopen in August.
However, the story doesn’t end here. According to the director of AIIMS, Randeep Guleria, India is vulnerable to the second wave of COVID-19, which may hit soon after India crosses the peak.
This analysis is backed by the reports received from South Korea and China where the second wave of COVID-19 is taking over.
Thus, though Delhi may have crossed a milestone by tackling the peak successfully, Delhiites need to keep following the norms of personal hygiene, sanitization and social distancing to ensure that life gets back on track sooner.
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