Delhi To Open Special Ward At LNJP Hospital Amid New COVID-19 Strain Surge

The hospital will be now used by the government for those who would be infected with the different variants of Covid-19.

Amid a sudden rise in the new numbers of active COVID-19 cases in the country, the Delhi government has started making preparations to counter any eventuality, as the centre has confirmed the presence of two variants of the novel coronavirus.

The Lok Nayak Hospital run by the Delhi government has already prepared a special ward to keep the patients who are affected by mutant strains of SARS-VCoV-2.

Any Other Hospital Treating Patients With New COVID-19 Strain in the National Capital?

The Delhi government’s health department has already cleared the plans to deal with the new Covid-19 mutant strains. So far, LNJP is the only facility in the national capital treating patients who are infected with the UK variants.

The hospital will now be used by the government for those who would be infected with the different variants of Covid-19.

“We had 26 patients of the UK strain. While most of them exhibited mild symptoms, two experienced severeness and were admitted to the ICU for a few days. They were given Remdisivir and have been discharged. Currently, we have only eight such patients in the hospital,” Kumar informed.

Two New Strains Of COVID-19 Has Been Detected In India So Far

The hospital said, the move has come after the confirmation of the Union Health Ministry about the presence of two strains of two variants of novel Coronavirus in a few states as well as a increasing number of cases infected by the UK, South African variant and Brazil.

Speaking to the media, Dr. Suresh Kumar, director, Lok Nayak said, “The government has instructed us to make a special ward for such patients. We have demarcated a separate building for this purpose since these variants are found highly infectious and transmit more easily”.

The ward will have separate resources as well to control the exposure. “The staff deputed in that ward will provide service exclusively there. They will not be allowed to intermingle. This is to contain transmission,” he further added.

“We had 26 patients of the UK strain. While most of them exhibited mild symptoms, two experienced severeness and were admitted to the ICU for a few days. They were given Remdisivir and have been discharged. Currently, we have only eight such patients in the hospital,” Kumar informed.

Delhi’s LG Directed for Genome-Sequencing Testing

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed about that of two new of the novel coronavirus other than the Brazilian, the UK, and South African have been detected in the country.

The variants, N440K and E484Q have been found circulating in a few districts of Maharashtra, Kerala, and Telangana as well.

Anil Baijal, the LG, on Monday, stressed the adoption of cluster-based surveillance, testing, and genome sequencing strategy during a meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which he chaired.

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