On Tuesday, senior government officials said that Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Model Town, Laxmi Nagar and Paschim Vihar are among 33 areas in Delhi that have been classified as “emerging hotspots” by the city administration to devise a targeted response system for novel coronavirus.
Health officials said the hot spots have been identified based on the Covid-19 cases in these areas. . It comes as part of the Delhi government’s increased focus on micro-surveillance with active Covid-19 cases in the Capital increasing by over 170% in a month.
“After the meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday, the revenue department prepared a list of Covid-19 hot spots in each of the city’s 11 districts based on the number of cases recorded between September 1 and 16. It emerged that a lot of market areas or commercial hubs such as CP, Karol Bagh and South Extension have seen a spike in cases,” said an official on condition of anonymity.
Dr Puneet Mishra, professor of community medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said apart from the commercial hubs, areas such as Indraprastha Extension, Delhi Cantonment, Mukherjee Nagar and even the President’s Estate being classified as hot spots is a direct fallout of unlocking economic activities
“The coronavirus disease is still at the community transmission stage now. In Delhi’s case, initially, Covid-19 had spread rapidly in congested areas such as Nabi Karim, Chandni Mahal and Okhla and parts of north-east Delhi. But, now it is spreading in the middle-class and upper middle-class localities because these people earlier remained in their homes and now have started moving out. It was inevitable,” Mishra said.
For the uninitiated, the report, seen by HT, shows that Rohini Sector 3 in the northwest district is the biggest hot spot with 2,192 Covid-19 cases. Rohini Sector 3 accounts for almost 43% of the total cases recorded in the northwest district, which is also a district which has the highest Covid-19 cases.
The second biggest hot spot is Pitampura (1,739 cases) which is also part of the northwest.