An exponential growth of Covid-19 cases was witnessed during the second wave that swept the city in April and May. The number of containment zones skyrocketed and reached a peak of 57,800 on May 18. The numbers came down drastically to 500 in mid-July and decreased to 234 on Thursday. Out of these, 76 were in the process of being scaled down and the rest were active.
Exactly a month ago, when the number of containment zones was below 500, New Delhi district had the highest number at 176. On Thursday, the district still had the highest number of containment zones at 115. The number of active zones was 73. The most active containment zones were in Nanakpura and Moti Bagh. Satya Niketan, Shanti Niketan and Anand Niketan had four active containment zones each. South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Hauz Khas also had four active red zones each.
Gole Market in New Delhi district had the second highest number of active containment zones at 9, followed by Ashok Vihar (7) and Nihal Vihar (5) in north and northwest districts, respectively.
South (35), West (22), North (18), North West (18) and Shahdara (16) were other districts with the number of containment zones in double digits, while South East, North East and Central districts — one of the most densely populated areas — had zero containment zones.
The decline in the number of containment zones and active cases has led to higher contact tracing and surveillance. “The number of containment zones is very low now and a very close watch is being kept not only inside the zones, but also in areas around them. Regular and intensive testing is being carried out in these areas ,” said an official.
“In April and May, our manpower was stretched thin due to the very high number of Covid-19 cases. However, since the number of cases being reported started dipping, it became possible to trace more contacts of those testing positive for the viral illness,” a district official said.