New Delhi: In a press conference today Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain said in a statement that, “Delhi most likely is expected to report around 10,000 Covid-19 infections today, taking the daily positivity surge forward to nearly 10%. He added, ‘The third wave of COVID-19 has set in national capital.”
The minister also said that only 300-400 samples are being sent for genome sequencing for now, as sequencing of all samples is not possible. Testing for COVID-19 has been increased and around 90,000 tests have been conducted on Tuesday, he said
Delhi Health Minister, Satyendar Jain also instructed private hospitals to increase the number of reserved beds for Covid-19 patients from 10 percent to 40 percent of their total capacity. This comes as a precautionary measure after recording a huge surge in covid-19 cases, in the national capital.
The city government has activated a Covid war room which will maintain district and hospital-wise data about bed occupancy, patients, oxygen etc, Jain added.
After the ‘Yellow Alert’ measures two week back yesterday, Delhi government announced weekend curfew and work from home for offices other than essential services. The city recorded 5,481 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest number since May 16.
Delhi’s positivity rate rose to 8.37 per cent with total active cases so far are 14,889, and three deaths as reported on January 4, 2022. The positivity rate was the highest since May 17 when it was 8.42 per cent.
Weekend curfew that will come into force at 10 pm on January 7th and will be in place till 5 AM on January 10th. This is a step taken to tackle huge surge in COVID-19 driven by Omicron.
All essential services will be allowed in the national capital. Along with weekend curfew, night curfew will also continue to be in place during weekdays.