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Delhi: Over 14,000 Covid cases expected today; minister says lockdown not needed

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Delhi’s health minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday that the national capital is expected to record more than 14,000 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) today. He, however, ruled out imposing any lockdown in the national capital.

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Jain said Delhi is in a “comfortable position” in terms of hospital bed occupancy and added that no death due to Omicron has been reported in the city.

Talking about the precautions to be needed during the spread of Covid-19 in the national capital, Jain had emphasised on home isolation of asymptomatic persons who came in contact with infected people.

“Corona patients in home isolation should take care of these things: isolate yourself from other members of the household; stay in a well-ventilated room with cross-ventilation; wear a triple-layer mask; take special care of cleanliness; keep yourself busy, talk to family and relatives on phone from time to time,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

It was in response to revised guidelines issued by the Union health ministry. It stated that home isolation of Covid-19 patients will end after at least seven days from testing positive and no fever for three successive days. Also, there is no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is over.RELATED STORIES

The number of people under home isolation in Delhi was 11,551 on Wednesday, a day the national capital recorded 10,665 cases with a positivity rate of 11.88 per cent and eight deaths.

The national capital has recorded a huge spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. The Delhi government has attributed the surge to the highly contagious Omicron variant. According to Jain, the third wave of Covid-19 has hit the city.

According to official data from the Delhi government, 65 per cent of samples, whose genome sequencing reports came out between January 1 and 3, were found to have the Omicron variant as against 28 per cent from December 1 to 31.

Amid the rise in cases, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia announced a return of the weekend curfew as the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided to reimpose some more restrictions.

Amid Covid-19 surge in Delhi-NCR, home secretary to chair review meeting today

India reported almost 500 new Omicron infections on Thursday as the total tally of this latest variant of Covid-19 touched 2,630, according to the Union health ministry update. The new variant of coronavirus has now reached 26 states, the health ministry update further showed

Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla will be chairing a review meeting on Thursday evening over the rising coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Delhi-NCR, said officials of the home ministry familiar with the development. Notably, several states have sounded an alarm over the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is said to be highly mutated and is responsible for a large chunk of infections in the country right now.

India reported almost 500 new Omicron infections on Thursday as the total tally of this latest variant of Covid-19 touched 2,630, according to the Union health ministry update. The new variant of coronavirus has now reached 26 states, the health ministry update further showed.

Maharashtra continues to be the leading contributor with 797 Omicron cases, followed by Delhi (465), Rajasthan (236), Kerala (234), Karnataka (226), and Gujarat (204).

National capital Delhi has decided to impose a weekend curfew. No non-essential movement is being allowed in the city during the weekend curfew and as per the latest Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) orders, government offices, barring essential services, have implemented work from home for employees while private offices are operating at 50 per cent capacity.RELATED STORIES

The number of daily new Covid-19 infections in the country, too, saw a huge spike on Thursday as more than 90,000 people tested positive (90,928 exactly) for the viral illness in the last 24 hours, much higher than the 58,097 cases reported on Wednesday. The active caseload also witnessed an increase and stood at 285,401, according to the latest data from the Union health ministry. Meanwhile, the number of Omicron cases witnessed a significant increase and was recorded at 2,630.

The health ministry said that active cases accounted for less than 1 per cent and recorded at 0.81 per cent of the total confirmed infections in the country.

According to Balram Bhargava, the director-general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Omicron is currently the predominant circulating strain in India. “Mass gatherings should be avoided to lower the speed of this spread,” he advised during a health ministry briefing the evening prior.

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