Delhi Covid cases will peak in a week, more stringent curbs if bed occupancy goes up: Health Minister

The state capital has been experiencing an increase in coronavirus infections since the last week of December. Delhi reported 4,099 Covid-19 cases on Monday, up 28 percent from the previous day, and the positivity rate is now 6.46 percent.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said nearly 84 percent of cases in the state capital in the past two days are being driven by the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron. As cases continue to surge in Delhi, the minister also said that further restrictions will be imposed if bed occupancy increases.

He said the experts are closely monitoring the situation and a decision would be made to impose strict restrictions if bed occupancy increased.

The climax will come in a week

Jain said the number of Covid cases will peak in a week. He stated that the new cases are being powered by the new variant of Omicron, and the latest genome sequencing report shows that Omicron was detected in 81 percent of the samples. The new cases are rising in Delhi due to the new Omicron variant, the Mint reported.

The Minister of Health told the Delhi Assembly that of 187 samples tested for Covid-19, around 81 percent had Omicron and 8.5 percent had the Delta variant.

No oxygen requirement for Omicron patients

The report also revealed that the minister told the Delhi Assembly that none of the Omicron infected patients needed oxygen beds in the hospital. He also said there was no shortage of doctors, nurses and paramedics in hospitals, pharmacies and clinics, the report said.

“There is no shortage of medical staff in government hospitals,” he replied to a question from BJP MLA OP Sharma.

Delhi sees massive increase in Covid cases

The official data showed that more Covid cases were recorded in the first two days of January between August and November alone, News 18 reported. 3,194 cases were recorded on Sunday and 2,716 on Saturday, the Delhi State Health Bulletin said.

In December alone, Delhi recorded 7,277 cases of coronavirus infection – the highest number since June when the city reported 7,948 cases.

When the city reported 3,194 cases on Sunday, the highest increase in a day since Jan.

Delhi will likely see more curbs

If cases continue to rise in the state capital, tighter restrictions will be put in place to contain the spread of the infection. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) convened a meeting Tuesday to finalize the restrictions given the huge surge in infections and a positivity rate of over 6 percent.

According to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) approved by the DDMA, a red alert is issued in the state capital if the positivity rate exceeds the 5 percent mark for two days in a row. This means that a full “curfew” would be imposed and most economic activities would cease, leaving only the emergency services to continue.

The minister also accused the center of not suspending all international flights, despite repeated requests from the Delhi government.

However, he said not many people develop severe symptoms or need to be hospitalized and although there is an increase in Covid cases the situation is under control.

“Delhi is the first state to order schools and restrict gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while other states have only imposed a night curfew,” said the health minister. (sic)

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