Hospitalization rate stable, current wave may peak: Delhi Minute
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Sharing that Delhi is expected to report 25,000 cases on Wednesday, he said it is difficult to conclude whether a wave is peaking, looking at the positivity rate or the number of cases. Responding to a question, he said the rate of hospitalization is the leading indicator.
“We have seen that the number of hospitalizations has stabilized in the last four to five days and only 2,200 beds are occupied and 85 per cent beds are vacant,” the minister told reporters.
Hospitalizations are a sign that the wave may be peaking. We can see a decline in cases in two to three days, he said.
Jain said cases have started declining in Mumbai and Delhi is likely to follow the same trend.
He also assured that the restrictions will be lifted if the cases come down in the next few days.
The minister said that most of those who died in the ongoing surge of infections had co-morbidities and very few deaths were due to coronavirus.
“People with comorbidities are facing more problems, many people are not coming to the hospital for treatment of coronavirus,” he said.
23 people died in the national capital on Tuesday. It has already recorded 93 deaths in the first 11 days of the month.
It had recorded 54 deaths in the last five months – nine in December, seven in November, four in October, five in September and 29 in August. In July, the virus had claimed 76 lives in the national capital.
The Health Minister also welcomed the Centre’s new guidelines for COVID-19 testing, stating that asymptomatic cases need not be tested.
He said that till the symptoms do not appear, the presence of the virus in the human body is not a matter of concern.
Very few children are vulnerable to the infection, he said, and only those who already have a problem may need to be hospitalised.
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