Fear of the fourth wave: Delhi sees 517 new cases of Covid-19, positivity rate now at 4.21% | India News
New Delhi: Amid the fourth wave of Covid-19 scares, Delhi recorded 517 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, April 17, 2022, 56 more than the previous day, with a positivity rate of 4.21%, according to data from the Department of the health of the city.
With these new infections, the number of cases in the capital rose to 18,68,550 while the death toll remained unchanged at 26,160.
Delhi has seen an upward trend in daily Covid-19 cases in recent days. The city had recorded 461 Covid cases and two deaths on Saturday. On Friday, Delhi had recorded 366 cases, while on Thursday the case tally was 325.
Hospital situation in Delhi
As of Monday morning, there were 9,662 vacant beds for Covid-19 patients in Delhi hospitals. The capital also currently has 9,156 vacant Covid-19 oxygen beds and 2,174 intensive care beds. Around 1,246 intensive care beds with ventilators are also available for Covid-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi.
A total of 964 patients with Covid-19 are currently in home isolation in the nation’s capital.
The DDMA will meet on April 20 and may consider reimposing the mandatory use of face masks
Given the surge in coronavirus infections in the nation’s capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will hold a meeting on April 20 where it may consider reimposing the mandatory use of face masks. It should be noted that the Delhi government’s health department, in an order dated April 2, had said that no fines would be imposed for not wearing face masks in public places.
The DDMA meeting is expected to be held under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to discuss the current Covid situation, including the recent increase in the number of cases. As per the official notice, the meeting will take place at 11:00 a.m. on April 20. The ongoing immunization program in the nation’s capital will also be discussed.
People should get tested, mask mandate should be brought back
With a spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, doctors say people developing coronavirus-like symptoms should get tested and authorities should make the wearing of masks compulsory to help control the spread of infection.
“People who develop symptoms are largely not getting tested for Covid-19. Now, with cases increasing and the positivity rate over 5% again, I urge people to get tested. test if they have symptoms. Even those going for home isolation should go for tests,” a senior doctor at LNJP Hospital told PTI news agency.
Dr Ritu Saxena, who heads the emergency department at Delhi’s largest government facility and a key Covid-19 hospital, said large gatherings should now be avoided and people should wear masks and follow COVID-appropriate behavior.
Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior internal medicine consultant at Apollo Hospital, noted that hospitalization is still less, but called for “logical” and “strict” measures to control the spread of infection.
“Given the situation in Delhi, the DDMA meeting should have been held a bit earlier. Also, the mask mandate needs to be reinstated,” he said.
With the positivity rate on the rise, the right decision would be to take logical and strict measures,” he said.
(With contributions from the agency)