Day by day Covid circumstances within the capital breached the 15,000-mark, with 15,097 new circumstances being reported in Thursday’s well being bulletin. Six extra deaths as a result of an infection had been additionally reported, taking the entire toll to 25,127.
That is the sixth day in a row when a loss of life as a consequence of Covid-19 has been reported, and the second day when the toll has been greater than the complete month of October. Delhi reported solely 5 deaths as a result of an infection in the complete month of September, 4 in October, seven in November, and 9 in December.
Delhi Well being Minister Satyendar Jain Thursday maintained that not one of the deaths thus far had been in sufferers confirmed to have the omicron variant.
Nevertheless, the federal government is presently not sequencing all samples to verify if the an infection is attributable to the Omicron variant or not. For 4 months, until the current surge in circumstances, Delhi was sequencing nearly all constructive samples. By final weekend, over 81% of the samples sequenced had been that of the omicron variant, displaying that it was driving the current surge.
Jain mentioned: “The aim of sequencing is to see whether or not omicron has come to the nation and whether or not it’s spreading. Now, we all know that it’s spreading locally, so genomic sequencing just isn’t that related. We’re nonetheless sequencing a couple of hundred samples.”
Requested in regards to the loss of life toll, Jain mentioned, “I might nonetheless say that the illness is gentle. Now we have spoken to docs in Mumbai and even our skilled docs say the identical. Yesterday (Wednesday), there have been round 300 deaths within the nation.”
He added, “The final time when there have been round 10,000 circumstances on a single day in Delhi, there have been about 150-200 deaths. This time, that isn’t the case.”
Delhi had reported 48 deaths when the single-day spike had crossed the ten,000-mark throughout the second wave triggered by the Delta variant. The loss of life toll had additional climbed to 308 in a single day when the variety of circumstances had been waning within the metropolis.
Together with the rise within the absolute variety of circumstances, Delhi has additionally seen a pointy spike within the positivity charge – Thursday’s positivity charge was 15.34%, rising from lower than 1% over simply 9 days as per information.
Compared, when Delhi was reeling underneath the delta variant wave in April and Might 2021, it took 26 days for the positivity charge to extend from lower than 1% to fifteen%. On the peak, a positivity charge of 36.2% was recorded throughout the delta wave.
The positivity charge was excessive regardless of the federal government rising the variety of assessments; there have been 98,484 assessments carried out on Wednesday as reported in Thursday’s bulletin. The variety of complete assessments within the metropolis had crossed the 1-lakh mark solely 5 instances throughout the delta wave. Nevertheless, on the time, the next proportion of fast antigen assessments, that are much less correct that RT-PCR check, had been carried out.
There are 31,498 lively circumstances, of whom 1,091 are admitted to metropolis hospitals. Of those, 24 sufferers are on ventilators and 211 on oxygen help, in line with the bulletin.
Regardless of the rise in circumstances and deaths, the minister assured that there shall be no lockdown as of now as the federal government is comfortably positioned when it comes to mattress capability.
“There’s a enormous distinction between the present and the earlier wave of infections. Final time after we had 30,000 lively circumstances, about 6,000-8,000 hospital beds occupied. As of yesterday, there have been 782 individuals in hospital. Until yesterday, we had 9,000 Covid beds, now now we have 12,000. The state of affairs is snug so there isn’t a want for a lockdown in the meanwhile. Nevertheless, simply to be secure, a weekend curfew has been carried out. However we’d like individuals to observe Covid-appropriate behaviour to forestall the an infection from spreading,” mentioned Jain.