Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday that COVID-19 cases in the national capital region are like to see an uptick, following ramped up testing.
New Delhi, India’s capital is one of the worst affected regions with the novel coronavirus and the Health Minister’s statement comes a day after Delhi recorded the highest single-day spike in novel coronavirus cases.
On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 4,473 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total caseload to over 2.3 lakh (200,000 plus) as India continues to maintain its spot for being the world’s new COVID-19 epicenter.
“We have increased COVID-19 testing four times due to which numbers are likely to rise in Delhi, for 10-15 days. This will help in isolating the positive cases and have a positive impact on the national capital,” the Delhi NCR health minister Satyendar Jain told during a news briefing.
However, the minister said this rise in the number of new infections should not be seen as a cause of concern since identifying new cases will enable faster isolation and thereby prevent more infections.
Meanwhile, a recent serosurvey found one in every three people of New Delhi has COVID-19 antibodies. The finding is a part of the ongoing serological surveys and the current data is an analysis of the third survey conducted so far.
The third survey involved 17k samples collected from 11 districts while the second involved 15k samples. The data of the third survey is yet to be officially published, Times of India reported.
As per the 1 in 3 people analogy from the third survey, it translates to 33% of Delhi’s population had COVID-19 but recovered, reflecting the antibodies.
“People who have antibodies are not currently infected. They have recovered from Covid-19. Many of them didn’t even realize that they had been infected and recovered successfully,” an official told Times Now about the third survey analysis.
Delhi health minister Jain also said, the state is ready to tackle the upsurge with over 50% of the beds designated for COVID-19 patients are lying empty, which is a good sign both in terms of management and the pandemics effect.
The New Delhi government has seriously increased the number of testing for its inhabitants, which is a contributor to the growing number of cases from India, along with states like Mumbai, Karnataka, Punjab, Odisha, and so on.
On Thursday Delhi recorded 1127 new cases, according to federal health ministry data. The most number of new infections in India came from the Western state of Maharashtra, India’s financial and cultural capital.
Globally, India is second in terms of COVID-19 caseload, with the highest number of infected cases in the world, dwarfed by the US only.
Note: The post has been updated with a minor correction in the first paragraph.