Coronavirus: Delhi Likely To Record Less Than 25,000 Cases Today

Delhi has over 94,000 active Covid cases as of Friday morning (file)

Delhi is expected to record less than 25,000 cases of COVID-19 today – down from around 30,000 cases reported yesterday – Health Minister Satyendra Jain said late last night. Jain also told reporters that only 15 percent of available hospital beds were occupied and that admissions processes had slowed.

“This is an indication that the wave has subsided,” the Minister of Health said, stressing that there are no plans to impose new restrictions before the curfew at the end of the week that will start at ten in the evening.

“Last night, Delhi reported 28,867 new cases, 31 deaths…but more than 13,000 hospital beds were vacant, and just over 15 per cent of beds were occupied. We expect the city to report around 25,000 new cases of COVID-19 – 19 today,” Mr. Jain was quoted by the PTI news agency.

“Hospital admissions in the city have become stagnant… which is a good sign. The positivity rate is constantly changing but the main factor is hospitalization,” he said.

This morning, Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “There is no need to panic. Cases are up but hospitalizations and deaths are low. We have made all preparations. There is no shortage of beds.”

On Thursday, the national capital recorded a record 28,867 cases in 24 hours – the largest number in a single day since the pandemic began in December 2019. Yesterday’s positivity rate – 29 percent – was also the highest since May 3 last year, when the country was struggling . The second wave of infections.

On Wednesday, the city recorded 27,561 new cases within 24 hours.

The number of Covid containment areas in the city has seen a massive 17-fold increase this month, according to PTI, rising from 1,243 on January 1 to 20,878 on January 12.

Earlier this week, Mr Jain said restrictions in Delhi, which include closing restaurants and bars (only deliveries and takeaways allowed), ordering a weekend curfew, and directing non-essential private businesses to the WFH, could be lifted within the two or three days. coming. days if new cases are rejected.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a virtual meeting of senior ministers attended by the heads of government of Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Assam, among others.

After the meeting, the Prime Minister reminded people to get vaccinated (and asked those eligible to get the precautionary dose as well) as the country entered the third year of the Covid battle.

The prime minister’s message comes amid a massive surge in cases across the country, which has resulted in part from the spread of the Omicron strain, which is far more transmissible than the Delta variant.

“We have to stay alert, but we also have to realize that there is no need to panic. We have to be careful in the midst of this holiday season,” he said, stressing the need to keep the economy going.

This morning, the country reported more than 2.64 thousand new cases in 24 hours – an increase of 6.7 percent over the previous day. The number of confirmed Omicron cases rose 4.83 percent to 5,753.

Delhi has reported 549 omicron cases so far – three were added to that number yesterday.

The number of active cases nationally has increased to over 12.72 lakh – the highest rate in 220 days – while Delhi has more than 94,000 active Covid cases at the moment.

With input from PTI

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