Amid the surge in Omicron, a Delhi-based doctor pointed out Friday that the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases is a major challenge for healthcare workers, the ANI news agency quoted as saying
Dr. Suresh Kumar, MD LNJP Hospital, Delhi, said: From December 1st until now we have received 410 passengers. 185 of these passengers tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid. All Omicron patients recovered without O2.
However, the rapid increase in the number of cases is a major challenge for healthcare workers, he stressed.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain said earlier in the day that Delhi is expected to add nearly 17,000 Covid cases on Friday with a positivity rate of around 17%. The city has seen a massive increase in cases caused by the Omicron variant.
The state capital recorded 15,097 new Covid cases on Thursday, the highest increase in a day since May 8 and six deaths. While the Covid positivity rate was 15.34% yesterday. According to official information, 10,665 and 5,481 cases with a positivity rate of 11.88% and 8.37% were registered on Wednesday and Tuesday.
Jain pointed out that the national capital was the first to see an increase in infections due to international flights.
Meanwhile, the center announced on Friday a seven-day mandatory home quarantine for all international comers to the country. All international arrivals to the country must adhere to a seven-day mandatory home quarantine from January 11th until further instructions.
According to the order of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday, travelers from certain risk countries will first submit a sample for the COVID-19 test upon arrival upon arrival (self-pay). These travelers have to wait for their test results at the arrival airport before they leave or take a connecting flight.
“If the test is negative, they will be quarantined for seven days and required to do an RT-PCR test on the eighth day of arrival in India. Travelers must also upload the results of a repeated RT-PCR test for COVID-19 that will be posted on the Air Suvidha portal on day 8. If negative, they will continue to self-monitor their health for the next seven days. However, if such travelers test positive, their samples should continue to be sent to the INSACOG laboratory network for genome testing, « read the order copy.
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