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Fewer hospitalizations may mean Delhi’s major Covid-19 restrictions stay off the table

No transport and economic restrictions are likely to be imposed in Delhi immediately, a senior official of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said, from Wednesday’s meeting of the body. First, where the situation will be reviewed amid a rise in the number of pandemic daily cases in the city.

“Any decision to roll back the restrictions will be based on occupancy of hospital beds and not just on the increasing number of cases and positivity rate,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The official said that since Omicron is still the major coronavirus variant in Delhi and hospitalizations are not taking place, stricter restrictions like night curfew and restrictions on transport services are unlikely to return anytime soon, a DDMA official told HT. Told.

This is in line with the recommendations of experts. Doctors have said that the city’s test positivity rate (which crossed the 5% mark on Saturday but fell to 4.21% on Sunday) was likely to be exaggerated by the change in testing protocol and strategy. Most testing requirements across the capital have been set aside – for example, at airports, in favor of vaccination certificates. As a result, most people who now get tested are likely to have flu-like symptoms.

Moreover, even though cases have increased over the past few days, the hospitalization rate remains low. State government data shows that over 99% hospital beds have been set aside for Covid-19 patients in Delhi.

A Delhi government official said the re-imposition of restrictions would lead to panic and affect the economy and livelihood options, which is not favorable for the government or the residents.

“This time, the main factor behind any decision on restrictions will be the increase in hospitalizations,” the official said.

On 28 December, when the positivity rate remained above 0.5% for three consecutive days, the DDMA issued a yellow alert, allowing only 50% of the seating capacity of a coach in the Delhi Metro, and passengers to stand up. stopped from.

Only two passengers were allowed in cabs and autos and rickshaws. Educational institutions were closed and private offices were allowed 50% attendance. It also closed cinemas and gyms, while markets were asked to operate on an odd-even basis between 8 am and 10 pm, apart from a night curfew during which all non-essential activities were banned was given.

The Covid-19 positivity rate was over 5% in Delhi for the second consecutive day on Sunday. The capital recorded 517 new cases in the last 24 hours.

According to Brijesh Goyal, president of Chamber of Trade and Industry, traders are apprehensive about the possibility of a ban.

“DDMA should not impose any restrictions like during December-January, even though the hospital beds were vacant,” Goyal said. “The recovery of business has started after two years. It is the season of weddings and if restrictions are imposed, traders will suffer a lot.

When the positivity rate was 5.33% on 16 April (461 cases), out of 9,753 beds in dedicated COVID hospitals, 0.61% were occupied and 99.39% beds were vacant. Of the 875 beds in dedicated COVID care centres, 100% were vacant.

Compared to the situation on April 1, when the positivity rate was 0.57% (131 cases), out of 9,753 beds in dedicated COVID hospitals, 0.59% were occupied and 99.40% beds were vacant. Of the 875 beds in dedicated COVID care centres, 100% were vacant.

“No significant change has been observed in hospitalizations in the last 15 days, even though the positivity rate has increased from 0.57% to 5.33% during this period. A detailed presentation on the current COVID situation in terms of hospital stays, positivity rate and prevalence, containment activities, tests, genome sequencing and deaths is being prepared for presentation in the DDMA meeting,” said a health department official who did not wish to be named. Said on condition of printing.

“The sanctions will create panic as the number of hospitalizations is very less right now. We have to learn to live with coronavirus. The government should observe the situation very carefully,” Dr. SK Sarin, Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, who headed the expert panel set up by the Delhi government in 2020 to tackle COVID-19.

“It is necessary to make masks mandatory and the government should focus on bringing those who have not been fully vaccinated,” Dr Sarin said.

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