NEW DELHI: There appears to be a ray of hope amid rising COVID cases in Delhi-NCR. A survey conducted by LocalCircles has indicated that the week-over-week growth of the infection in the national capital region amongst local social networks may be slowing.
The COVID network prevalence survey has found that while COVID is still rising in Delhi-NCR, its prevalence amongst local social networks has increased by only 60 per cent this week after an over 100 per cent increase the previous week.
The NCR cities of Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and Ghaziabad have been reporting around 500 cases cumulatively, as per the survey. These daily reports are only indicative though as many people are opting for at-home tests rather than getting a lab RT-PCR test done.
The report suggested that timely intervention from the three state governments has a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID as they issued guidelines to be followed in schools and brought back the mask mandates they had removed effective April 1.
However, it must be noted that while the spread in local social networks in Delhi-NCR is slowing, the depth has risen. The increase in depth indicates that those who are infected may be infecting their family, friends, and colleagues.
It is important to not let the guard down by following masking protocols, social distancing norms and prevent any crowding in the coming weeks to reduce transmissibility.