The Union health ministry on Wednesday organized a press conference regarding the increasing COVID positive cases. During the conference, the Joint Secretary of the ministry, Luv Agarwal, said that the rate of COVID positive cases in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Gujarat is increasing expeditiously.
“It has become a matter of concern for all of us now,” Agarwal said. “A high Covid surge noticed globally – in 159 countries; Eight countries in Europe reporting an increase of cases by more than 2 times in the last two weeks,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Centre has also issued new guidelines for discharging the patients in light of reviewing the current COVID-19 situation. Now people infected with mild symptoms can be discharged after seven days of testing COVID positive. And if the patient’s condition remains fine for three consecutive days and he does not get a fever, no testing is required for discharge.
Patients with moderate symptoms showing signs of improvement along with their oxygen saturation levels of more than 93% for three consecutive days can be discharged with proper medical reference.
“There has been a sharp surge in COVID cases in India; there are 9,55,319 active cases as of Jan 12,” Agarwal said expressing concerns regarding the exponential rise in the COVID positive cases.
According to the Union ministry, the rate of infection is 22.39% in Maharashtra, 32.18% in Bengal, 23.1% in Delhi and 4.47% in Uttar Pradesh. The Joint Secretary, citing a statement issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), said that Omicron is spreading much faster than the second wave variant Delta. According to the data from South Africa, the UK, Canada and Denmark, Omicron has a lower risk of hospitalization than the Delta variant.