Home Ministry’s ‘Unified NCR’ helps control Covid; Delhi moves out of watch lists

New Delhi: The home ministry’s ‘unified NCR’ approach for fighting Covid-19 seems to be paying off with Delhi, for perhaps the first time, not figuring in the danger zone of any of the key coronavirus watch lists.

In the week June 27-July 3, not one of Delhi’s 11 districts was among the top 15 in the list of districts registering a positivity rate of above 20%. The only district in Delhi’s vicinity on the list is Faridabad with a 23.9% positive rate as on July 3.


positive rate is now 13.6%, still a notch above the 9.1% national average. Almost all of Delhi’s districts have been among the top 15 districts of the country with a worryingly high positivity rate for several weeks now, even surpassing hotspot Mumbai last month.

Making impact
Much of the change is being attributed to the shift in political approach after Union home minister Amit Shah brought the warring chief ministers of the states that make up the NCR to integrate efforts. The Centre stepped in with additional resources and support directly monitored by Shah.

Under the unified NCR strategy, a massive ramp-up of beds, ease in testing rules, clearer home isolation proctocols and a rationalization of hospitalisation costs was carried out.