Focus on vaccination as Omicron threat looms large in Delhi – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The tally of Omicron cases in Delhi touched seven on Tuesday with four more people testing positive for the new variant of coronavirus.

Of the seven, one person — a 37-year-old man with travel history to Tanzania — has been discharged after testing negative for the viral infection, doctors at Lok Nayak hospital said. Lok Nayak has been designated as a facility for isolation and treatment of Covid patients with history to travel to nations at risk for Omicron variant.

Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of the hospital, also confirmed the development. “We now have six Omicron patients admitted in the hospital. All of them are in stable condition,” he said.

According to sources, the four new Omicron cases include a person with travel history to South Africa. Three others are contacts of people who tested positive for Omicron earlier, said a source. One of them had travelled to Rajasthan recently, she added.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said that the Omicron variant had not spread in the community so far and the situation was under control. “So far, 74 travellers have been sent from the airport to the hospital, where a special ward has been set up for isolating and treating suspected cases of Omicron. Thirty-six of them have been discharged and 38 are admitted to the hospital,” he added.

In the last 13 days, Delhi has recorded an average of over 60 Covid-19 cases daily. This is the highest in the last four months.

In August, September, October and November, Delhi recorded an average of 48,37, 32 and 35 cases daily respectively.

The number of active cases in the city, data shows, has also increased significantly, from 348 active cases in October-end to 407 on December 14.

“Till about a month ago, we weren’t getting any Covid cases. Now, for the past few days, I am getting one to two requests for consultation from patients suffering from the viral infection daily,” Dr Rommel Tickoo, director, internal medicine at Max hospital, said. He added that it would be too early to blame the new variant for the increase in cases, but precautionary measures must be stepped up. “Most of the Covid patients I am seeing now are fully vaccinated. But they are still getting the infection. Thankfully, they have mild symptoms,” Dr Tickoo explained.

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