COVID cases likely to peak in ‘one or two days’ in Delhi, says Satyendar Jain

A file photo of commuters walking in New Delhi amid COVID restrictions.

New Delhi: Delhi is likely to hit a peak of COVID cases “in a day or two” and infections in the third wave may start falling after that, NDTV reported quoting Health Minister of Delhi Satyendar Jain as saying.

New Delhi yesterday reported over 19,000 COVID cases, marginally lower than Sunday’s 22,751. Today’s data is awaited.

On a question whether the Delhi government would consider weekend curfew again, the Health Minister told NDTV on Monday.

“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,” he said.

Every fourth person getting tested for COVID in Delhi is being found positive. The positivity rate here stood at 25 per cent yesterday, the highest since May 5 last year. The city also reported 17 deaths.

Quoting Jain, the report said, “COVID cases in Delhi are usually high because most international flights land here. Omicron spread faster in Delhi because of this reason only. A good sign is that hospitalisation is very low. Despite seeing around 20,000 daily cases, hospital occupancy is only 2,000 beds, while 12,000 beds for COVID-19 patients is unoccupied. In the last wave, when the city was seeing 20,000 cases a day, at least 12,000-13,000 beds were occupied”.

“So bed occupancy is six times less now. It seems the severity is less. Only 65 of the 2,000 admitted to hospitals are in ICUs (intensive care units),” the report quoted the Health Minister as saying.

Delhi has recorded more COVID deaths in the first 10 days of this month than the total deaths in the last five months. Most of those who died had comorbidities and were not vaccinated, the government data shows.


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