Present Spike Of COVID-19 Cases In Delhi Could Be Due To Omicron, Need To Keep Watch, Says Health Expert

Since the national capital reported 107 new cases of COVID-19 which is the highest in the last six months, hence according to the health expert the rise in cases could be due to the new variant Omicron.

While speaking to ANI, Community Medicine Professor, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr. Sanjay Rai said, “The infectivity of Omicron variant is very high. When it goes to a susceptible population, then it will rise and fall quickly just like it happened in the second wave. It is a natural phenomenon and we need to watch it closely.”

Speaking on the nationwide study, Dr. Rai said that the rise and fall of cases will happen but we also need to strengthen the infrastructure.

Speaking on the impact of cold weather on cases, Dr. Rai said, “For any microorganism, in extreme temperature, it is difficult to spread but during cold exposure, immunity can drop then the person can be susceptible. The best temperature for viruses is between 20 and 30 degrees. Extreme weather is not tolerated by the virus. So, September, October, November, February, and March would be more convenient for the virus.”

According to the Delhi government’s health bulletin, the positivity rate for the day stands at 0.17 percent, which is the highest since June 22. One death was also reported, taking the tally to 25,101. The case casualty rate is 1.74 percent.

The Delhi government on Saturday converted four private hospitals into dedicated centres for the treatment of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.

These four hospitals are Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Max Hospital in Saket, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj, and Batra Hospital in the Tughlakabad area of the national capital. Earlier, only government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital was designated for the Omicron treatment.

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