New Delhi: Amid a rise in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain stated that the situation is not worrisome at present as the number of hospital admissions is still very less. When it comes to the need for fresh COVID restrictions, Mr Jain stated that the current scenario doesn’t warrant major restrictions.
The government is keeping an eye on the situation, and the current scenario doesn’t warrant major restrictions, the state Health Minister said.
Delhi on May 3 reported 1,414 COVID-19 cases, 31 per cent more than on May 2. The positivity rate, fell to 5.97 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.
Delhi conducts a large number of tests. As the eligible population of Delhi has got vaccinated, the number of hospital admissions is very less despite the daily cases count in the 1,200-1,500 range in the last few days and the positivity rate standing in the bracket of five-six per cent, Mr Jain explained.
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He further detailed out the healthcare infrastructure status of the national capital, in case future cases get serious and lead to overburdening of the healthcare facilities.
We have reserved 10,000 beds in hospital for COVID cases, but less than 200 of those are occupied. So, this is satisfying since the situation is not so serious at present, he said.
Currently, the national capital’s overall COVID-19 tally since the pandemic began is at 18,87,050, while the total death toll stands at 26,176, with one death reported in the last 24 hours.
The Delhi government health bulletin reports that there were about 10 patients who were hospitalised in the capital with suspected to COVID complications. On the other hand, of the 183 confirmed COVID-19 patients, 63 are in ICU while 52 are on oxygen support – including three who are on ventilators.
On May 2, the country’s top medical research body, the Indian Council of Medical Research described the current spike in COVID-19 cases in the country as a localised trend rather than a fourth wave.
Samiran Panda, additional director general of ICMR, said that the surge has been observed at the district levels, hence, it cannot be said that the country is moving towards a fourth wave.
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Vansh Kachole, Head of Pulmonology at Kailash Hospital, Delhi also agrees with the Delhi government and tells NDTV that most of the cases are mild and the few COVID patients WHO that are on oxygen support have had underlying comorbidities.
Most symptoms that we are seeing more are sore throat, cold, cough, upper respiratory infections, which in usually gets better on the fifth day, unlike viral – pneumonia like symptoms that we were commonly observing during the Delta and Omicron variant.
Moreover, Vikas Sharma, from Fortis Hospital, said the way the cases are increasing at a gradual pace, it is quite possible we may not see a sharp peak as seen earlier, but cases are expected to continue to fluctuate.
If there is no other variant of concern that emerges in the coming weeks, this is now going to be the new trend. This is how we will see COVID turn into an endemic. It is possible that the number of patients doesn’t go up significantly henceforth, Dr Sharma added.
Earlier, several other top public healthcare experts and researchers also claimed that the rising cases in the parts of India is not a wave but a ‘ripple’.
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