With only 14 confirmed swine flu cases on Tuesday, Delhi recorded the least number of positive cases in the last four months.
The number is drastically low as compared to the 246 cases recorded on December 9 last year, the highest for a single day.
“No deaths were reported today. Of the 14 that tested positive on Tuesday, six were children,” said Dr Anjan Prakash, Delhi Government Nodal Officer for swine flu.
“The number of cases are low as the virus cannot grow in extremely low temperatures. Once there is an increase in temperature, we might see a spurt in the cases,” she said.
Dr Prakash attributed this to school winter vacations. “Since most schools were closed during the past week, there has been little interaction between children in classrooms and on playgrounds. Once schools reopen, the number of cases is likely to increase,” she said.
While some schools like Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Carmel Convent, Anand Niketan and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in Lodhi Road have reopened, most are likely to open on January 11.
Tuesday’s figures take the number of people infected with H1N1 Influenza A in the city to 9,495 while the number of children infected rose to 5,315.