Hours earlier than the day by day bulletin issued by the well being division was finalised, Delhi Well being Minister Satyendar Jain Thursday stated the entire variety of new circumstances of Covid-19 is predicted to breach the 14,000-mark whereas the positivity is prone to be between 13 per cent and 14 per cent.
In a video briefing, he confirmed not one of the deaths on account of Covid-19 in Delhi are as a result of new Omicron variant.
“The information is being compiled however it appears the variety of circumstances will cross 14,000 and the positivity fee will likely be round 13 per cent to 14 per cent in right this moment’s well being bulletin which will likely be launched within the night,” stated Jain.
On being requested in regards to the eight deaths recorded Wednesday — the best single-day toll since June-end — Jain stated, “I might nonetheless say that the illness is delicate. Now we have spoken to medical doctors in Mumbai and even our skilled medical doctors 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 to 200 deaths. This time, that’s not the case.”
Delhi had reported 48 deaths on the day when the single-day spike had crossed the ten,000-mark in the course of the second wave triggered by the Delta variant of the virus. The demise toll had additional climbed to 308 in a single day when the variety of circumstances had been waning within the metropolis.
“Not one of the deaths (in Delhi) to date have been in confirmed as Omicron circumstances,” stated Jain Thursday. Nevertheless, the federal government presently is just not sequencing all samples to test whether or not the an infection is attributable to the Omicron variant. For 4 months, until the latest surge in circumstances, Delhi was going for genome sequencing of virtually all constructive samples. By final weekend, over 81 per cent of the samples sequenced had been discovered to be contaminated with the Omicron variant, displaying that the variant of concern is driving the latest surge in circumstances.
“The aim of sequencing is to see whether or not Omicron has come to the nation and whether or not it’s spreading. Now that we all know that Omicron is spreading in the neighborhood, genomic sequencing is just not that related. We’re nonetheless sequencing just a few hundred samples,” he stated.
The minister additionally assured that there will likely be no lockdown in the mean time as the federal government is snug with the provision of beds in Delhi. “There’s a big distinction between the present and the earlier waves. Final time after we had 30,000 energetic circumstances, there have been about 6 to eight thousand hospital beds occupied. As of yesterday, there have been 782 folks within the hospitals. Until yesterday, we had 9,000 Covid beds, now we’ve 12,000. The scenario is snug so there is no such thing as a want for a lockdown in the mean time. Nevertheless, simply to be protected, a weekend curfew has been carried out. However we’d like folks to observe all Covid acceptable behaviour to stop the an infection from spreading,” Jain stated.