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Omicron Variant Found In 81 Per Cent Of COVID Samples: Delhi Health Minister

Though the Omicron variant is driving the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the situation is under control as not many people are requiring hospitalisation, said the health minister

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Omicron Variant Found In 81 Per Cent Of COVID Samples: Delhi Health Minister
India has reported 1,700 cases of Omicron of which 351 are in Delhi
  • Daily COVID-19 caseload in Delhi has climbed up to 4,000: Health Minister
  • The positivity rate has increased to 6.5%: Minister Satyendar Jain
  • No Omicron patient in Delhi has required oxygen as of now: Mr Jain

New Delhi: “Of the 187 COVID samples sent for genome sequencing, 152 tested positive for the Omicron variant, as per the latest genome sequencing report. This means, 81 per cent of the cases were of Omicron, around 8.5 per cent of the Delta variant and the remaining cases had other variants. Clearly, the Omicron variant is dominant currently”, said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in Delhi Assembly on Monday (January 3). Along with the genome sequencing report, Mr Jain informed that no Omicron patient in Delhi has required oxygen as of now.

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Though Delhi is reporting a surge in the COVID-19 cases, the situation is under control as not many people are requiring hospitalisation. Sharing the data from the health bulletin of January 2, 2022, Mr Jain said,

3,194 cases and one death were reported yesterday with a positivity rate of 4.59 per cent. But, only 307 hospital beds are occupied against the availability of 9,024 beds.

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As per the latest health bulletin of January 2, over 8,300 COVID cases are active in Delhi with 307 patients in hospital. As per Mr Jain, last year, during the Delta wave, around 1,500 COVID positive patients were hospitalised when Delhi reported an equal number of active cases.

The health bulletin for today will be released shortly; around 4,000 cases with the positivity rate of over 6 per cent have been reported, said Mr Jain.

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Highlighting the experience of fighting COVID-19 for almost two years now, the Health Minister stressed on wearing a face mask at all times when in the public sphere. He added,

Panicking won’t help. Because of panic, patients who don’t require hospitalisation also tend to visit a hospital and get admitted. We need to be careful.

While replying to a question in Delhi Assembly, Mr Jain informed that there was no shortage of medical staff in state-run hospitals and clinics at a time when the national capital is seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases in the last few days.

At a national level, India’s Omicron tally has reached 1,700 cases with Maharashtra and Delhi topping the charts. While Maharashtra has reported 510 cases of Omicron, Delhi has 351.

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