All however one of many 34 sufferers with the Omicron variant handled at Delhi authorities’s Lok Nayak hospital have been totally vaccinated, with at the very least two individuals having acquired a booster shot, high officers have advised The Indian The Press Reporter.
“Up to now, we’ve got handled 34 individuals with the brand new Omicron variant, 18 of whom have already been discharged. Aside from one particular person, all others have been vaccinated towards Covid-19, that means that the brand new variant is able to infecting even those that have acquired their photographs,” mentioned Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of Lok Nayak, which was the primary hospital to be designated because the remedy centre for these suspected to be contaminated with the brand new variant.
He mentioned that at the very least two worldwide travellers had even acquired an mRNA booster shot.
All these confirmed to have Omicron had delicate signs resembling fever, sore throat and physique ache. None of them was required to be placed on oxygen or ventilator, he mentioned.
“The benefit of the variant is that we’ve got solely seen delicate signs within the sufferers thus far. Nonetheless, it may be due to vaccination. If the an infection begins spreading locally, the concern is that those that stay unvaccinated would possibly get extreme signs,” mentioned Dr Kumar.
Three of the 34 Omicron sufferers at LNJP had no historical past of international journey, suggesting that the brand new variant is locally. The encouraging remark is that like elsewhere, these sufferers have proven delicate signs — although this could possibly be as a consequence of vaccination.
He cautioned that with three of the individuals admitted with Omicron not having any journey historical past, the brand new variant might have already began to unfold locally.
5 of the 34 sufferers admitted to the hospital with confirmed Omicron an infection have been residents of European and African nations, whereas the remaining 29 have been Indian residents. At current, with 57 sufferers, Delhi has the very best variety of confirmed Omicron circumstances within the nation, adopted by Maharashtra.
The opposite sufferers in Delhi have been admitted to non-public hospitals resembling Sir Ganga Ram, Max (Saket), Fortis (Vasant Kunj), and Batra hospital (Tughlakabad), which have additionally been designated as remedy centres for the brand new variant.
Fearing a surge pushed by the brand new variant, the Delhi Catastrophe Administration Authority on Wednesday mentioned that no occasion or gathering to rejoice Christmas and New 12 months might be allowed within the metropolis.
This comes a day after the Centre directed states to impose strict restrictions in districts reporting excessive positivity charges, stating that the Omicron variant is at the very least thrice extra transmissible than the extremely transmissible Delta variant that drove the second wave of infections within the nation.
The nationwide capital recorded 125 Covid circumstances on Wednesday, at a positivity price of 0.2%.