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Delhi now in ‘green’ Covid zone as positivity rate below 5% in all districts | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After nearly a month and a half, the national capital is finally in the “green” zone, with all its 11 revenue districts reporting an average weekly Covid-19 test positivity rate (TPR) below 5% and overall weekly positivity rate being 2.2%.
Till Friday, South was the only district in the “orange” zone (TPR of 5% to 10%) with a weekly TPR of 5.04%. All other districts were between 2% and 3%. South too has now turned “green” (
At the beginning of February, only one district (North East) was in the green zone at 4.37%.
As per the Union health ministry’s guidelines, six districts of Delhi were in the “red” zone with the weekly average above 10%. Four districts were “orange” at the time.
North East is currently the only district with an average weekly positivity rate below 1%, at 0.59%. Five districts have recorded average figures below 2% – South East (1.94%), South West (1.72%), Central (1.29%), North (1.17%), and Shahdara (1.13%).
The South district has the highest TPR of close to 5%, followed by West (3.66%), North West (3.26%), New Delhi (2.77%) and East (2.33%).
The overall average weekly positivity rate in Delhi was 2.2%, which came from 19% Rapid Antigen Tests and 81% of the more reliable RT-PCR tests. The South West district had the highest share of RT PCR tests – 97% – followed by New Delhi (85%), North East (84%), West (84%), Shahdara (83%) and South (83%) districts. South East had the lowest share of RT PCR tests at 65%.
Meanwhile, daily deaths from the virus dropped below 10 for the first time in 37 days, with just four fatalities reported in Delhi on Monday. The city recorded 586 fresh Covid-19 cases, the lowest in a single day since December 28, 2021. The national capital has been witnessing a steady dip in the number of Covid-19 cases reported every day with fewer than 1,000 cases being reported for the last four days and the positivity rate remaining below 2%.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority is likely to meet this week to review the situation and decide on further easing the restrictions. According to officials, the curbs recommended are under the “yellow alert” as per the Graded Response Action Plan. But DDMA may now recommend lifting of more restrictions in the next few days.
The DDMA in its last meeting on February 4 had allowed reopening of all educational institutions, swimming pools and gymnasiums and all offices with 100% attendance. While a large part of the city’s workforce is now allowed to travel to their workplaces, standing passengers are still not allowed in metro and buses.
Other major restrictions currently in place are night curfew between 11pm and 5am, shops dealing in non-essential items to close by 8pm, 50% seating in restaurants, bars and cinema halls, a maximum of 200 guests at weddings, no visitors at religious places, complete ban on social, religious and political gatherings etc.

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