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Arvind Kejriwal, Satyendar Jain Speak In Two Voices On Third Covid Wave Peak In Delhi

While Chief Minister Kejriwal claims it is ‘difficult to predict when the third wave of infections will peak’, his Health Minister Satyendar Jain sounded the alarm bell on Monday about the pandemic.

Crowd of passengers at the New Delhi Railway station amid COVID-19 pandemic, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has led to a massive spike in the number of cases across India. Delhi, too, has witnessed a big surge as the third wave of the pandemic leads to more curbs across the country to control the spread of the deadly virus.

While several models and studies have predicted that the Omicron variant will lead to a sudden increase and a similar fall in the number of cases, there is no unanimity about when the peak will occur.

Even the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi is speaking in two voices about the peak and when it is likely to hit the national capital.

While Chief Minister Kejriwal claims it is “difficult to predict when the third wave of infections will peak”, his Health Minister Satyendar Jain sounded the alarm bell on Monday (January 10) about the pandemic.

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Pointing out that Delhi is witnessing between 20,000 to 22,000 COVID cases for the last three days with a positivity rate of 24 per cent to 25 per cent, Kejriwal on Tuesday asserted that “it doesn’t mean that cases won’t increase”.

“At a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, we told the representatives of the Centre that the restrictions should be implemented in the entire NCR and not just in Delhi. They have assured us that restrictions implemented in Delhi will be replicated in the region,” Kejriwal said at the Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi after taking stock of the preparations to tackle the surge.

But Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain has predicted that Dehi will see the peak soon. Speaking to NDTV, Jain stated, “Delhi is likely to hit a peak of COVID-19 cases definitely this week.” He also added that COVID cases may start to witness a downward trend soon after the peak in the third wave.

“The peak has already arrived, or will come in a day or two. It (peak) will happen this week definitely. Cases should start falling after that. But it’s possible we may enforce another curfew, just to remind people not to lower their guard,” Jain was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Delhi’s positivity rate has already reached 25 per cent, which means that every fourth person being tested is COVID positive.

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Jain also claimed that Omicron is spreading faster in Delhi than other places in India as a large number of international flights land at the capital’s airport.

He also pointed out that unlike the second wave in early and mid 2021, the rate of hospitalisation and severe cases is much lower in the current third wave.

According to a study by IIT Kanpur professor Manindra Agrawal, India will be hit by the third wave peak in late January. Agarwal stated that the country will witness more cases during the third wave as compared to the second wave.

But the third wave will also see a sharp decline in the number of cases after the peak and will in all probability be over by the end of March 2022, he added.

Claiming that Delhi will report almost 40,000 cases per day at its peak which is expected to hit in mid-January, he added that other bigger cities like Mumbai and Kolkata, too, will see the peak around the same time.

Professor Agrawal and a group of researchers run the SUTRA computer model that tracks the Covid-19 curve in the country.

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