New Delhi: Delhi is likely to report around 10,000 COVID infections today, with the daily positivity rate rising to nearly 10%, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain. He also said third wave has set in the national capital.
Jain further said the Delhi government has instructed the private hospitals to increase the number of reserved beds for Covid-19 patients to 40% from 10% of their capacity.“Nearly 2% of beds are occupied in the government hospitals,” he added.
The minister also said that only 300-400 samples are being sent for genome sequencing now as sequencing of all samples is not possible.
Testing for COVID-19 has been increased and around 90,000 tests have been conducted on Tuesday, he said The city government has activated a Covid war room which will maintain district and hospital-wise data about bed occupancy, patients, oxygen etc, Jain added.
According to official data, 531 Covid-19 patients are admitted in various hospitals, including 41 who are suspected to have contracted the disease. Fourteen patients are on ventilator support, while 168 patients with moderate symptoms are on oxygen support. A total of 308 patients are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and are without oxygen support.
The national capital had recorded 5,481 coronavirus cases and three related deaths yesterday as the government announced fresh curbs.
Meanwhile, The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided to impose weekend curfew in the national capital in view of the surge in Covid cases driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant.
As per new rules, government employees, barring those engaged in essential services, asked to work from home. Private offices will remain open with 50 per cent capacity.
According to the DDMA-approved Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), a positivity rate of more than five per cent for two consecutive days is one of the criteria to declare a ‘red alert’ which would mean a ‘total curfew’ and halting of most economic activities in the capital.
Meanwhile, the country has reported 58,097 fresh Covid-19 cases, 15,389 recoveries and 534 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has jumped to 4.18%.
There are 2,14,004 active cases in the country, while 3,43,21,803 people have so far recovered. The death toll currently stands at 4,82,551.
With the administration of 96,43,238 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 147.72 crore as per provisional reports till 7 am today, the Union Health Ministry said in a release, adding this has been achieved through 1,58,21,510 sessions