Delhi: After almost two years, the pandemic seems to have come to a rest as things are returning back to normal. After the initial hit of the third wave of Covid earlier this year, 2022 has been merciful in terms of the pandemic.
Over the past seven days, Delhi has recorded an average of 581 new cases daily; this period's positive rate was 3.89 percent. Preceding this week, as per the government's daily health bulletins, on average, 978 new cases were reported, with a positive rate of 6.15 percent. According to reports, these little fluctuations in the number of cases are likely to persist this year. High surges are rare unless a severely altered variant of the virus starts to circulate.
If the positive rate stays at 5 per cent or less over two weeks, the infection is generally believed to be under control. It has been four days since Delhi's positivity rate, or the percentage of samples that test positive and indicate the spread of the infection, stayed below 5%.
To understand these fluctuations in Covid cases, we talked to an expert. Dr Inder Kasturia, a Delhi-based senior physician says, "There are various reasons behind this; many people who get symptoms of Covid-19, whether a sore throat or high fever, prefer the home test kit over RTPCR. But the test kits are not reliable sources to get your Covid-19 test. The tests conducted by the labs have direct contact with the government list. Many home tests do not get counted."
Dr Inder also said that it's a little early to say that Covid-19 has left us. He says that it will stay for a few more years, but because people are immune to it now, there are meagre chances of being infected by Covid-19.