As Cases Plateau, Delhi To Wait Before Easing Covid Curbs

The Delhi administration health care department is currently reviewing the city's Covid-19 epidemic and has decided to continue to monitor case trends over the next few days before proposing any relief of limitations, a decision that has been brought into question by experts who believe that some constraints could now be lifted.

The Capital received 12,306 new cases, accounting for 21.48 per cent of all tests completed - both figures were lower than the previous day. In the previous week, the inpatient occupancy rate has stayed constant, with more than 82 per cent of hospital wards remaining vacant.

Authorities agreed that the scenario was steady as well. A top health official, who did not want to be identified, stated that the situation is being actively monitored. While hospitalizations in Delhi have remained constant for the past week, there has been no discernible decrease in instances. They'll have to wait a while before they can loosen the limits.

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As instances started to climb at the start of the month, Delhi has imposed stringent limits on actions and migration of people, prohibiting any recreation and leisure activities such as dining out and going to the theatres. Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., as well as on weekends, a curfew is in effect, with residents only allowed to leave their houses for certain required activities.

These restrictions have resulted in huge losses, especially in the hospitality industry. Healthcare specialists believe they are excessive at this time.

According to Dr Sumit Ray, who is the head of the Holy Family Hospital's critical care department, the administration could begin easing restrictions gradually. They've noticed that this variation has a greater impact on the unvaccinated, those with co-morbidities, and the elderly, so while they safeguard this group, the rest of the public could gradually resume their lives and careers. What they will be witnessing currently is that the working class is anxious as a result of constant constraints.

Extending limitations, according to Dr Jugal Kishore, chief of the Safdarjung Hospital's public medicine division, can prolong the disease curve.

According to Dr Kishore, restrictions are just postponing the drop in infections because this variation is so communicable. A further factor to take into account is that the longer the virus is allowed to remain in society, the more likely it is to evolve, delaying the conclusion of the outbreak in the long run. According to him, the limits are more of a mental comfort for people who are aware that the administration is taking action, and as a result, authorities are reluctant to take a risk and implement no restrictions.

The state recorded 28,867 instances at its apex this month. The percentage of those who are happy has risen to 30.64 per cent. However, the figures have dropped from their previous highs.

Following a slight rise in new Covid illnesses on Wednesday, the figures on Thursday were down. However, the metropolis reported 43 deaths on Thursday, the most in a given day in the Omicron phase so far, topping the 40 recorded on the 12th of January.

The last time the metropolis had quite a high mortality rate was on the 10th of June of last year, when 44 people died.

As per the Delhi administration's health advisory, the positive rate has also decreased. On Tuesday, 21.48 per cent of the 57,290 test samples were positive, compared to 23.86 per cent on Wednesday and 22.47 per cent.