New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He has asked those who came in touch with him to isolate themselves and get tested for COVID-19. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said that he has mild symptoms and is in home isolation.
“I have tested positive for Covid. Mild symptoms. Have isolated myself at home. Those who came in touch with me in last few days, kindly isolate yourself and get yourself tested,” posted the Chief Minister.
Mr Kejriwal, 53, has been on a whirlwind campaign for his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) amid surging Covid cases in the country. He was in Dehradun yesterday, and he had held rallies in Amritsar and Patiala before that.
The Delhi Chief Minister was also scheduled to attend a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) today over the COVID-19.
Delhi has reported a rising positivity rate with 4,099 new cases in 24 hours on Monday. On Monday, Delhi also recorded one Covid death.
According to an official statement, the positivity rate in Delhi is 6.46 per cent. As many as 6,288 COVID-19 patients are in home isolation.
The number of new cases and positivity rate in the city is the highest since May 18 last year when Delhi reported 4,482 infections.
The Omicron variant is driving most of the cases in Delhi, say experts. “As per genome sequencing reports of December 30-31 from three labs, 81 per cent samples were infected with Omicron. Most of the cases are of Omicron,” Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said.
The surge may trigger new restrictions under the colour-coded Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), according to Sources. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority will meet today for a decision.
With the positivity rate above 5 per cent for two straight days, Delhi faces “red alert” restrictions like a total curfew barring essential services, a shutdown of non-essential shops, malls and salons and more curbs on public transport, weddings and funerals.
A “yellow alert” has been in place in the capital since December 29. Cinemas, gyms are shut and shops have been allowed on an odd-even basis. Metro trains and buses can only operate at half the capacity.
Mr Kejriwal had earlier urged people not to panic, amid rising cases, saying the situation is under control as hospitalisations are low.