New Delhi: Delhi on August 15 reported 1,227 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 14.57 per cent, and eight deaths, according to the data shared by the health department. Prior to this, the city logged more than 2,000 cases daily for 12 consecutive days. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had last week said though the cases were on the rise, there was no need to panic as most of them were mild. Due to a rise in hospitalisations, authorities urged people to wear masks and observe COVID-19 precautions. Delhi’s Lt Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena also tweeted,
We are witnessing a rise in COVID-19 infections, consistently high positivity and cases of reinfection. It is essential that we realise that the pandemic is far from over. I appeal to all to strictly adhere to COVID Appropriate Behaviour. We cannot afford to let our guards down.
Public Health Expert Dr Suneela Garg, a member of the Lancet Commission, told NDTV,
From a public health perspective, we need to constantly keep a watch on the covid situation across the country. We do have a surveillance system, and when we look at Delhi’s situation, we are constantly getting 2,000 plus cases. Even though the recovery rate is good, what we are concerned about is hospitalisations. If I were to talk in numbers, Delhi has over 9,400 hospital beds , out of which 588 beds are occupied and then we have over 8,800 oxygen beds, if which 560 are occupied. When it comes to ICU beds, we have 2,129 of them and over 20 are occupied at the moment with 65 patients on ventilation. Looking at these numbers, we need to be cautious, I wouldn’t say we need to panic.
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These numbers are not large however, calls for caution, she explains and this is why mask mandates are revoked. Dr Garg says that people need to be careful with masks and must be complacent in the capital, especially. She also asserts on the importance of booster doses and urges everyone to get their booster dose.
COVID is not gone from our lives yet. Science and constant observations have taught us that immunity veins over a period of time. Though, people who are vaccinated with two doses, will still be better off with infection as compared to those who haven’t taken any dose. But people should still come and take their booster shots, especially the elderly and comorbid citizens, she said.
Delhi has already buckled up, Dr Garg says and adds that we need to be very vigilant about masks, hand washing and sanitisation. People who have not taken two doses of vaccines from age 12, must take their jabs as soon as possible, Dr Garg asserts given the rise in the number of cases. Lastly, she says that not just the capital, but the entire country must be vigilant now, Dr Garg added,
We are talking one planet, one health, we are talking about global health security, therefore, we need to be vigilant across the country and governments need to be very responsive.
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Delhi reported its all-time high of daily COVID-19 cases of 28,867 on January 13 and a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent a day later during the third wave of the pandemic.
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