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Delhi Reports 19, 166 New COVID Cases, ICMR Says Testing of All COVID Positive Contacts Not Necessary Unless At High Risk

Delhi: As the country is witnessing the third wave of COVID-19 infections, the capital, Delhi, has reported around 19,166 new COVID-19 infections and 17 deaths. The total count of cases has risen to 1,568,896 in Delhi, while the death toll stands at 25,177. The daily positivity rate was at 25% and the active caseload stood at 65,806.

In the light of increasing cases in the city, the government has directed to close down all bars and restaurants to curb the spread. The news agency ANI has tweeted, “Today’s DDMA meeting decided to close restaurants & bars & to allow ‘take away’ facility only. It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone: Delhi LG.”

As people may need hospitalization and monitoring again, the government has also issued a statement to strengthen the setup for people. ANI tweeted further, “Delhi Health Department was advised to make adequate arrangements for additional manpower in hospitals and to scale up the vaccination efforts including for those in age group of 15-18 years: Delhi LG.”

Also, as most of the senior and adult population of the county is doubly vaccinated and the infections are mild, The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in an advisory, said that the contacts of COVID-19 patients do not need testing unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities.

Source: Hindustan Times and ANI

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