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96% hospitalized without jaws in Mumbai; WHO calls Omicron ‘dangerous’ without vaccination

BMC commissioner Iqbal Chahal, after analyzing vaccination and civic data, said that sixty-six per cent of the 1,900 patients on oxygen beds in Mumbai have not received a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, the BMC has decided that, unlike in the first and second waves, where positivity was used to impose lockdowns or restrictions, further restrictions will be imposed only if there is a high rate of hospitalization and oxygen use. have a huge increase. third wave, times of India Reported.

In a TV interview, Chahal said that ninety-nine percent of the patients admitted to oxygen beds in 186 hospitals in Mumbai had not been vaccinated, and the general trend was that those vaccinated were not reaching the ICU.

“We have 21 lakh vaccine stocks available. The current barrier to ensuring vaccination of the entire adult population is the required 84 days gap between two doses. Even today our vaccination percentage is the best in India.

According to the BMC, over one crore people in Mumbai have received both doses, while around 90 lakh people have received only one vaccine shot. Chahal also said that additional restrictions will be imposed in the third wave only when the burden of hospitalization and oxygen usage skyrocket.

Chahal said that they were under control of Covid-related deaths, with 19 deaths in the last 16 days. “Despite the fact that till date there are one lakh active cases in Mumbai, only ten tonnes of oxygen is being used.”

WHO indicates risk of unvaccinated

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant causes less severe disease than the delta strain, but it remains a “dangerous virus”, especially for those without vaccination. are of.

Speaking at a news briefing, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that more than 90 countries have yet to meet the target of vaccinating 40% of their population and more than 85% of people in Africa are yet to receive a single dose. Is. “We shouldn’t allow this virus free ride or wave the white flag, especially when so many people around the world live without vaccinations,” he said.

In its weekly epidemiological report on Tuesday, the WHO said cases rose 55%, or 1.5 million, from a week earlier to January 9 – the highest number of cases reported in a week so far. went.

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