Delhi may go past peak in Aug: Experts

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Delhi may go past peak in Aug: Experts

Sunday, 05 July 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Though the national Capital has seen a drop in the Covid-19 cases over the past one week but the experts in city claimed that the city may go past the coronavirus cases peak in early August.

However, they have warned that if social distancing and hygiene norms prescribed by authorities are not adhered to by people, then there could be a surge again.

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said, “If the number of cases in Delhi continues to be static or decreases over the next few weeks, and the decline is at a sustained pace, then we can say that we may pass the peak in August.”

But that can only happen if people continue to maintain social distancing and take prescribed precautions and there is a strict implementation of containment measures even as lockdown measures are eased.

“In some cities there was a decline in trend, but once the lockdown was lifted people did not follow the dos and dont’s and this led to a surge in cases. So, there is no space for complacency. A lapse on someone’s part somewhere...Could lead to a spike,” Dr Guleria said.

Dr Vikas Maurya, Director & Head, Department of Pulmonology and Sleep Disorders, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, said cases in Delhi haven’t risen as projected earlier, so there is a chance it will soon be past the peak, say in August.

“But, again, it’s a novel virus, and we don’t know its behaviour. So, we don’t know how it will behave. Anyway, a pandemic lasts for a year or so, therefore as a society we must be prepared,” he said.

Maurya, however, warned that the city could see a “second wave of the viral attack” in August or September, given its fickle nature.

Various previous predictions on number of cases in Delhi and on peaking period have proven wrong, as the virus is novel, he said.

“Only thing we can do to continue, to ensure less cases occur, is by practising social distancing, adhering to hygiene and other norms prescribed by government authorities. Otherwise, all our gains will be lost, and we might see again a spike in cases,” Maurya said.

But, in the last one week, cases reported per day being lesser than the week before it, positivity rate coming down and beds being empty in various hospitals, indicates flattening of the curve, he argued.

On June 23, the national Capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases.

The city continued to see over 3,000 fresh cases per day till June 26, when it reported 3,460 infections.

From June 27 to July 3, the average fresh cases per day stands at about 2,494 compared to 3,446 cases per day the week before.

Delhi recorded 2,520 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the tally in the city to over 94,000, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 2,923, authorities said.

However, in the last few days, the number of fresh cases have oscillated, not showing a particular trend in figures.

The number of cases reported from June 27-July 3 are — June 27 (2948), June 28 (2889), June 29 (2084), June 30 (2199) and July 1 (2442), July 2 (2373) with steady rise in death figures.

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