Omicron spread: Daily Covid-19 cases set to cross 100,000 mark in India
– World Affairs SRS
The rapid growth driven by the highly permeable Omicron variant has pushed the daily positivity rate to above 6.4 percent and the weekly positivity rate to 3.47 percent.
Thursday’s case count was close to the peak levels seen during the first wave.
India’s active caseload has also increased by 33 per cent to 285,401 as of Thursday.
While the positivity rate has increased, the mortality rate is less than 2 per cent at 1.38 per cent.
The Center has asked states to re-establish district control rooms to guide patients and monitor real-time data on the availability of different types of hospital beds and tally the daily status of patients in home isolation.
“A clear and transparent mechanism should be ensured for allotment of beds by the control rooms,” the health ministry has said.
A letter by Aarti Ahuja, Additional Secretary, Health Ministry, told the state officials: “You are requested to kindly review this at your level and also appoint nodal officers for the various levels of control rooms who will be in close contact with each other at all times. Stay in touch and provide seamless services to the citizens.”
These control rooms will have to be operational round the clock depending on the case load and should have uninterrupted internet connectivity and adequate staff.
The number in Delhi rose from 10,000 on Wednesday to over 15,000 on Thursday and the positivity rate crossed 15 per cent. Six deaths were recorded and 22 critically ill patients were on ventilator support.
“No Omicron patient has required oxygen or ventilator support as of now,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain told reporters.
In Mumbai, where cases crossed 20,000 on Thursday, more than 15,000 infections are being seen in non-slum settlements on Wednesday, and civic officials are expecting a surge in demand for beds in private hospitals.
Therefore, it has asked all private hospitals and nursing-homes in the city to make arrangements to restore their peak COVID-19 bed capacity (May 2021 levels) by January 10.
Of the 35,000 Covid-19 beds in the city, around 6,000 are now occupied. About 1,170 patients required hospitalization on Wednesday, making the number of people hospitalized every day now around 1,000. At this rate, Mumbai will touch 20,000 hospitalization cases in about two weeks, when the municipal commissioner has indicated imposition of lockdown in the city.
Municipal commissioner IS Chahal has asked all private hospitals and nursing homes to update the dashboard of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on the status of bed availability.
Any asymptomatic patient should be discharged within three days, the civic body has instructed hospitals. Hospitals have been asked not to take direct admission without informing the ward wise room. Eighty percent of the Kovid-19 beds and 100 percent of the ICU beds are reserved for allotment of ward-wise rooms.
With the precautionary dose drive starting from January 10, the health ministry has said that private hospitals can provide precautionary doses to their eligible employees free of cost or charge them for the same.
The Ministry of Health will issue a letter to vaccinate eligible health and frontline personnel in the Armed and Special Forces.
So far, India has immunized 91 per cent of the adult population with the first dose, while 66 per cent have given two shots. In the age group of 15-17 years, more than 17 percent have received their first dose.
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