Schools new hotspot for COVID? Delhi COVID cases witness sharp surge, 27% hospitalised are kids
Schools new hotspot for COVID or not – this is something that the experts have been mulling ever since Delhi COVID cases made headlines. From school reopening to multiplying numbers, Delhi’s school kids seem to be the first reported victims of easing COVID curbs.Delhi COVID cases have truly been confusing for many. While experts suggest that hospitalisation has been at an all-time low, reports point out that many of these cases are being reported in kids. All this happening alongside schools restoring normalcy with offline classes. Let’s take a look at some numbers to understand the problem.
Over the last few days, many schools in Delhi NCR have reported new COVID cases. These cases have not just been found in students but also teachers and other staff members. While schools immediately resorted to action and sent the sick home, the question is – are schools becoming COVID hotspots?
The answer is both yes and no. Recent numbers suggest that only 0.52% of active cases in Delhi are getting hospitalised at this point. The striking part here is that 27% of the hospitalised are kids. This means that nearly 12 to 14 of those under institutional care are none other than kids.
All these numbers have been observed alongside the national capital reporting 366 new COVID cases, which was an alarming 47-day high. If one looks at the bigger picture, these active cases might seem insignificant, but they are not.
Delhi’s COVID positivity rate has touched nearly 4% over the last few days. When the COVID third wave peak hit Delhi, the national capital had touched a 20% positivity rate as well. So, while the percentage might look small at the moment, one must not forget that it can get out of hand – if precautionary measures are not followed.
Further, the increasing positivity rate is at the backdrop of a declining testing rate, which has now fallen under 10,000. While the exact reasons are not known, one could think of increased home testing and the availability of self-test kits as one of them.
Meanwhile, Delhi Schools have been asked to follow new guidelines by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government. As more and more students are sent home and hybrid classes slowly take over, the Delhi government has said that Delhi schools will be closed, even if a single case is reported.
So, are we headed back to the time when schools might close again? Maybe not. While cases are being reported among kids, that too school kids is not a good sign, authorities aren’t really worried as hospitalisations are still under control.
At this point, the only way to stay safe is by masking up! Schools need to understand that sending students and teachers back to their homes can’t be the norm, in case someone is found positive.
Delhi Schools need to raise their guards again and get stricter about their COVID safety rules. While it is only human to feel better about relaxed COVID norms, one must understand that following these COVID protocols again, can push us back to the COVID endemic stage.