Haryana’s Gurugram, located near Delhi, has recorded 129 cases of coronavirus after more than a month. The numbers soared when the Haryana government lifted the mandatory label on masks. A similar trend was seen in Delhi, where the fine for not using masks was discontinued, making them practically optional.
In Gurugram, the last time cases crossed the 100 mark was on March 4, when 115 cases were recorded. After that, the number had fallen below 100.
Haryana had lifted all Covid-related restrictions in the state on February 16. However, the government had advised the use of masks in crowded areas.
137 new cases of Covid were reported in Delhi on Monday, with the positivity rate rising to 2.7 percent, the highest in the past two months, raising concerns about the virus’ resurgence in the national capital.
The positivity rate stood at 2.87 percent on February 5.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said there is no need to panic.
“We are closely monitoring the situation. There is no need to panic at this time. We will take all necessary measures depending on the situation,” Kejriwal told Press Trust of India news agency.
While the positivity rate rose from 0.5 percent on April 4 to 2.70 percent on Monday, Delhi’s health minister Satyendar Jain had said the city government is closely monitoring the Covid situation and there is no reason to worry until a new variant of concern is detected, PTI reported.
“Daily cases in Delhi are reported in the range of 100-200. We are monitoring the hospital admissions and they are going down. The focus shouldn’t be much on the positivity rate from now on,” Mr Jain had said. Monday.
Last week, the Center had advised Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra and Mizoram to take preventive measures to control the spike in Covid cases after they reported higher numbers of new infections.