“We are going for focused testing in catchment areas, especially those bordering Delhi, bus depots and railway stations. We are seeing a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, as most people have become complacent. Several people can be seen without masks and a lot of them are not paying attention to hand hygiene,” said Suhas LY, district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to data, there has been a rise in the number of positive cases in the past few days. In January this year 27,457 RT-PCR tests were conducted in the district and the positivity rate was at 1.1%. That month, 311 positive cases were reported. The numbers were down in February and the positivity rate was 0.5% with 141 positive cases. In all, 27,069 tests were conducted that month.
But in the past 10 days — March 13 to 23 — the number of cases has been on the rise. While 15,721 RT-PCR tests were conducted in this period, the number of positive cases was recorded at 163. The positivity rate was at little over 1% (1.03%), which doubled last month.
“The recent trend was of single, isolated cases. With the latest spike, we are now looking at a trend of family clusters. The reason could be increased interaction,” a senior health department official said. He added that for almost two months, single cases were being reported on a daily basis. The sudden surge can also be seen when one looks at the positivity rate of this month. While the total number of tests conducted was 18,191, the positivity rate stood at 0.9% with 167 positive cases. Total RT-PCR tests conducted from when testing started in the district till March 21 this year were 3,02,717.