Omicron Case Growth: More than 650 cases of the new form of Kovid-19 Omicron have been registered in 21 states and union territories of the country. The highest number of Omicron cases have been registered in Maharashtra and Delhi. Many states have imposed new travel bans in Omicron cases across the country. The total number of cases of Omicron variant reported in Delhi has reached 165. There were 67 Omicron cases in the national capital on Friday. According to the health department, 120 passengers who tested positive after arriving at IGI airport have been hospitalized in the last 24 hours. Their samples will be sent for genome sequencing.
Within two weeks, the Omicron case in Delhi has jumped from two to three per cent to 25 to 30 per cent. There is a Genome Sequencing Lab in Delhi, which is part of INSACOG. According to a genome analyst at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Omicron’s case is growing without a doubt. Two weeks ago, 2-3 percent of sequencing samples received Omicron cases, but now 25-30% of cases are coming back positive. Percentage increases may also be due to more stringent sequencing. Initially, the labs were only sequencing international passengers.
At the same time, as on 27th December, a total of 167 cases of Omicron have been detected in Maharashtra. According to the State Health Bulletin, of the 167 Omicron patients found to be infected, 91 were discharged with negative RT-PCR reports.
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ILBS is currently doing genome sequencing of every positive case in South Delhi district. The lab analyzed a cluster of positive samples from four more districts. The data also shows that this time the average daily case of Kovid in the capital is increasing rapidly. The seven-day moving average shows that cases have increased from 56 to 199. According to the Department of Health, 496 new Covid-19 cases were registered in the national capital in a single day, the highest since June 4, with a positive rate of 0.89 percent.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said in the Graded Response Action Plan that the coroner’s positivity rate has been above 0.5% for the last few days. That is why we are implementing Level-I (Yellow Warning) of the Graded Response Action Plan. In subsequent levels, the level of restriction will be determined based on the Covid-19 positivity rate, new cases and the condition of the oxygen bed in the hospital. Restrictions are divided into yellow, amber, orange and red caution. Yellow is the lowest level of alertness. At the same time, Red Hall is the most alert, so that lockdown situations are also created.
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Under the Graded Response Action Plan Yellow Alert, there will be night curfew in Delhi from 10pm to 5am. Metro, restaurants, bars will work with 50% capacity. Cinema halls, spas, gyms, multiplexes, banquet halls, auditoriums and sports complexes will be closed immediately.