When will Covid cases peak in Delhi? Minister answers

According to official information, the state capital recorded more Covid 19 cases in the first two days of January alone than reported between August and November.

Jain said the latest genome sequencing report shows omicron was found in 81% of samples tested for coronavirus in the city and the new worrying variant is what is causing the rise in coronavirus cases in Delhi.

Of the last 187 Covid-19 samples tested, 152 (81%) had Omicron and 8.5% had Delta, Jain told the Delhi Assembly.

“So Omicron is the variant that is now spreading, and the proportion of other variants is very low,” he said in response to a question from opposition leader Ramvir Bidhuri.

Speaking to reporters today, Jain said that Omicron represented 84% of the latest Covid samples tested in Delhi.

He also told the gathering that none of the Omicron-infected patients admitted to city hospitals have yet required oxygen.

“By Sunday there were around 8,000 active cases in Delhi and only 3.4% of the total of 9,024 Covid beds in the hospitals were occupied. The last time Delhi reported the same number of active cases, there were around 1,500 to 2,000 patients in the hospitals, “” Jain said.

More restrictions likely in Delhi?

He added that more restrictions will be imposed as bed occupancy increases.

The minister said Omicron came to India around December 1 through infected international passengers.

“We carry out RT-PCR tests on all international passengers at the airport. Those who test positive will be quarantined in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and some private hospitals, “he said.

“Some of the passengers who tested negative at the airport came back positive after a few days at home. All of their families and contacts turned out to be Covid-positive. So it’s clear that Omicron spread when these people went home after testing negative at the airport. ”Jain added.

He said the Delhi government had repeatedly urged the center to suspend all international flights to prevent the spread of Omicron in the country, but the latter did not.

“Everyone knew that Omicron was not from India. It came from abroad. I have repeatedly asked the center, the Prime Minister (Arvind Kejriwal) wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop all international flights. But they didn’t. ” he said.

Jain said although the number of Covid cases has increased, the situation is under control as not many people develop severe symptoms or need to be hospitalized.

The capital has registered around 4,000 new coronavirus cases and the positivity rate has risen to 6.5 percent, he said, according to the health bulletin published later in the day.

The minister stressed that the home isolation policy in Omicron cases is very effective as most of the patients have no symptoms. Some of them have developed a mild fever and cold, but there has not been a severe case from Omicron.

Jain also said Delhi was the first state to order school closings and restrict gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while other states only imposed a night curfew.

“People ask why Delhi has imposed such strict restrictions when no one else has. Delhi is the national capital and most international flights come into the city first. So it is better to have more restrictions here than anywhere else,” he said.

“We will introduce further restrictions as the bed occupancy increases,” added the minister.

Delhi has given at least one dose of the Covid vaccines to all eligible people over the age of 18 and 75% of them have been fully vaccinated, he said, adding, “I think Delhi is number one (position) in terms of vaccinations. “

The national capital added 3,194 new cases to its COVID-19 record on Sunday, with a positivity rate of 4.59%.

A positivity rate of over 5% on two consecutive days would trigger a “red” warning according to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.

It would lead to a “total curfew” and most economic activity would come to a standstill.

Sunday saw the highest increase in Covid cases in a day since May 20, 17 percent above the 2,716 registered cases the day before. The city also reported another death from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 25,109.

Experts believe that the majority of the new cases were caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus.

Sources in the government said the situation is being closely monitored and a decision to escalate restrictions will be based on bed occupancy.

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