Gurugram sees year’s sharpest 1-day spike, health dept advises WFH | Gurgaon News – Times of India

GURUGRAM: The city on Sunday witnessed the highest single-day spike of the year with more than 324 new Covid cases. This is close to what Gurugram recorded in an entire week when this month began, ie. 342 cases.
With this, the Covid-19 tally now stands at 62,296. The city has registered more than 770 cases in the past three days. This is the fourth day in a row that the city has witnessed a spike.

On Saturday, the city saw 245 new cases. In the last five days, the active cases in Gurugram were above 1,000. Last, the city witnessed more than 300 cases on December 10, 2020.
An official said two people died due to the virus in the past 24 hours. To date, 214 people have died of Covid-19 in the city, of whom 160 had comorbidities.
Gurugram chief medical officer Virender Yadav said: “We have issued an advisory keeping in view the rise in cases. We have advised all offices to opt for work from home if possible. Workplaces, commercial establishments, shops, markets and all industries should follow work staggering. Provision of thermal scanning and frequent use of disinfectants at workplace should be in place. People aged above 65 and below 10 and pregnant women should remain indoors. People should follow Covid behaviour — masks, sanitisation, social distancing and Arogya Setu app.”
A similar advisory was issued last year before Diwali.
According to the advisory, spitting in public places is strictly banned and the penalty for not wearing a mask is being accelerated. An fine of Rs 500 will be imposed if anyone found without a mask. All symptomatic patients must stay quarantined and their contacts have been advised to get tested.
Celebrations and gatherings during Holi are not allowed in public places.
The health department plans to increase ICU beds for Covid patients to 50% from 35% on Thursday.
The city has 369 ICU beds reserved for Covid patients out of which at present 44 are occupied. On March 1, 15 of the ICU beds were occupied and four ventilators were engaged. Gurugram has 2650 hospital beds reserved for Covid patients, out of which 214 are occupied at the moment whereas 103 beds were occupied on March 1. The health department said 120 people recovered on Sunday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 60,212.
On Sunday, seven people were sent to institutional quarantine facilities. The city has 1,720 active cases, and 1,595 patients are in home isolation. The health authorities collected 4,583 samples in the past 24 hours for antigen and RT-PCR tests. So far, 9,28,724 people have been put under surveillance. The health department has sent 9,25,138 samples for testing, of which 8,58,259 turned out to be negative, while the results of 1,595 are still awaited.

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