COVID hits IPL; cases in Delhi, Haryana go up
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COVID hits IPL; cases in Delhi, Haryana go up

The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) saw a COVID positive case on Friday (April 15), the organisers confirmed in a statement.

Despite all the 10 teams saying in bio-secure environments, the virus has hit the league in the Delhi Capitals (DC) team.

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“Delhi Capitals physio Patrick Farhart has been tested positive for COVID-19. He is being closely monitored by the DC Medical Team at the moment,” the BCCI said in a media advisory.

This year’s league is being played across only four venues in Mumbai and Pune to avoid air travel, which according to the organisers is a “major threat” for the spread of COVID. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has put in place strict guidelines to avoid COVID-19.

“The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel which is considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and the League/matches,” IPL had said in February.

Last year, IPL had to be postponed in May after multiple COVID positive cases. Later, the league was completed in the UAE. Chennai Super Kings won the trophy.

Cases going up in Delhi, Haryana

Amid an uptick in daily cases of COVID-19 in Delhi and the positivity rate going beyond two per cent, there has been a rise of nearly 48 per cent in the number of home isolation cases here in the last one week, according to official data.

The daily cases have been on the rise in the last few days while the positivity rate here has been registered in excess of one per cent since April 4 when it had stood at 1.34 per cent.

As the Covid positivity rate in the national capital has jumped from 0.57 per cent on April 1 to 2.39 per cent on April 14, the number of home isolation cases has shown an upward trend in the last one week.

The count of home isolation cases has steadily increased in this period, rising to 574 on April 14. The corresponding figures on April 11 was 447 and on April 13 it had stood at 504. There has been a rise of nearly 48 per cent in the home isolation cases in the last one week.

Cases going up in Haryana

Haryana has reported over 1,200 fresh COVID cases in over 14 days out of which over 1,000 infections were from Gurugram district, official data showed. The district has been witnessing a rise in COVID cases in the past few days.

During the same period, Gurugram added 1,022 fresh cases. Of the total 170 new Covid cases that the state reported on April 14, as many as 147 were from Gurugram and 19 from Faridabad.

Until April 14, the total number of COVID cases reported in Gurugram district since the outbreak of the pandemic was 2,61,925, which was the highest in the state. However, Faridabad, which has been the other worst-hit district, added only 121 fresh cases between March 31 and April 14. Of the 3,534 cases reported in Haryana between February 28 and March 31, as many as 1,959 infections were from the Gurugram district and 285 from Faridabad. According to the data, as of February 28, 2022, the cumulative cases in Haryana was 9,81,684 and the death toll was 10,563.

Till then, Gurugram, which was then reporting over 100 daily cases, had a cumulative infection count of 2,58,944 with the total fatality count for the district at 1,002. For Faridabad, the total cases as of February 28 was 1,26,768 with a total fatality count of 739.

By March 31, Haryana’s total case count rose to 9,85,218 and fatality count to 10,616, with Gurugrams infection tally rising to 2,60,903 and death count 1,006. For Faridabad, total cases stood at 1,27,053 as of March 31 and total deaths remained unchanged at 739.

By April 14, the state’s cumulative cases were 9,86,429 with total fatalities at 10,617 as Gurugram’s infection tally rose to 2,61,925 while the death count remained unchanged at 1,006. Covid cases in Faridabad rose marginally to 1,27,174 during the past fortnight with no fresh fatality. While the daily case count in Haryana was over 200 at the beginning of March, it dropped to less than 50 a month later.

However, during the past few days, daily cases have risen by over 150, with the Gurugram district fuelling the uptick. However, only a few of those who tested Covid positive during the past days required institutional care. Meanwhile, as of April 14, the total active cases in Haryana were 621 compared to 257 on March 31 and 1,940 on February 28.

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