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Arvind Kejriwal on rising Omicron, Covid-19 cases: ‘Don’t panic, hospitalisation low’

Urging people to remain responsible, the CM said, “Wear marks, maintain social distancing norms and wash hands with soap. Your government is with you.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 3, 2022 1:59:25 am
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that while Covid cases are increasing in the city, there is no need to panic as the number of hospitalisations is still low and “Covid cases are very mild now”.

Covid cases in Delhi sped past the 3,000 mark on Sunday. One death and 3,194 cases at a positivity rate of 4.59% were reported. On Saturday, 2,716 cases were reported.

 

“I have data to show that there is no need to panic. On December 29, we had 923 cases. On December 30, there was a jump to 1,313 cases. Cases rose to 1,796 on December 31 and to 2,716 cases on January 1 — an increase of 1,000 in a day. In today’s report, there is an addition of around 3,100 cases. Cases are increasing each day,” Kejriwal said.

The CM also compared the active case count and hospitalisation in the city with that in March and April 2021, when the deadly second wave of the pandemic had started. According to Sunday’s health bulletin, there were 8,397 active cases in the city.

“There are 6,360 active Covid cases in Delhi (as of January 1). This number was around 2,191 three days ago. But on December 29, only 262 patients were admitted to hospitals. On January 1, this number was 247. This means that the cases that are coming in are very mild or are asymptomatic and people do not need hospitalisation. At present, only 82 oxygen beds are occupied in Delhi… Very few patients who need oxygen are coming in. We have 37,000 oxygen beds prepared in Delhi. We can scale up at any time. Only 82 beds are occupied,” Kejriwal said.

The CM drew a comparison with the number of hospital beds occupied during the second wave.

“There was a shortage of beds and oxygen during the second wave. I wanted to compare the data from then with the data from now. We have around 6,300 active cases… On March 27, there were 6,600 active cases. Then, 1,150 oxygen beds were occupied. Today there are 82. Ventilators in use in March were 145, on January 1 it was 5. There were about 10 deaths a day; at present, there is one death or no death. I am telling you these things to show that coronavirus is very mild right now and there is no need to panic,” Kejriwal said.

According to Sunday’s health bulletin, 307 patients were admitted to hospitals. Of these, 59 were suspected cases and 150 either had no symptoms or had mild symptoms only. While 94 patients were on oxygen support, four were on ventilator support. An additional 195 people were also lodged in Covid Care Centres. Most of these people had been transferred to these Covid centres from the airport.

The CM urged people to not panic but remain responsible. “We have to be responsible, wear masks, maintain social distancing and wash hands with soap. Covid is very mild now and your government is with you,” he said.

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