Experts say Kovid-19 cases may reach peak in Delhi, Mumbai next week – World Affairs SRS

Experts say Kovid-19 cases may reach peak in Delhi, Mumbai next week

– World Affairs SRS

Experts said on Thursday that new Covid-19 infections in Indian cities such as the capital New Delhi and Mumbai could peak next week after rising sharply as the country reported the highest daily number of cases since the end of May. .

The 247,417 new infections were 30 times the daily cases compared with a month earlier, rising as the more permeable Omicron variant replaces Delta across the country. Total infections reached 36.32 million, behind only the United States.

Gautam Menon, Professor Gautham Menon, said, “Our modeling and others have suggested that large Indian cities should reach their peak in cases closer to January 20, while the overall peak in India may shift to a little later.” ” of physics and biology at Ashoka University near the capital.

Mumbai recorded the highest number of 20,971 infections last Friday, but cases have been decreasing since then. City officials said the infection rate is also declining, with around 80% of COVID-19 hospital beds empty.

Delhi reported more than 27,500 infections on Wednesday, close to its all-time high, and its health minister told local media that infections could start to subside in a few days this week.

Federal and state health officials say most infections in the ongoing third wave have been mild, with fewer hospitalizations and deaths in April and May than in previous surges that killed hundreds of thousands.

The Health Ministry has said that common painkillers like paracetamol should be sufficient for people with mild fever due to COVID-19. However, it has warned against complacency as infections have now started rising in at least 300 districts from 80 a week ago.

“Experiences from other countries inform us that it is more practical to monitor hospitalizations rather than new cases,” said Rajiv Dasgupta, head of the Center of Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

“Non-pharmaceutical interventions – lockdowns, etc – are losing their relevance with rapid and drastic community transmission.”

Night curfew is still in force in many cities and states including Delhi. Delhi is also under complete lockdown on weekends, and has closed private offices, schools and restaurants throughout the week.

India has given two primary doses of vaccine to nearly 70% of its 939 million adult population, but many are still unproven. This has particularly worried the officials as elections are to be held in five states from February 10.

The country on Thursday reported 380 COVID-19 deaths, over 46% of them deaths not previously recorded in the southern state of Kerala. Total deaths have reached 485,035, behind the toll only in the United States and Brazil.

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