Delhi likely to report around 10,000 new Covid cases today, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, as per news agency ANI.
The positivity rate – the number of people testing positive for every 100 tests- is expected to surge to 10 per cent in the national capital, the Health Minister added.
The positivity rate yesterday stood at 8.3 per cent, which was also a significant increase from 6.46 per cent on Monday.
The third wave has set in India, Mr Jain said, adding, “For Delhi, it is the fifth wave.” .
Cautioning Delhi residents, Mr Jain said that although symptoms of the highly infectious Covid variant Omicron seem to be mild, all Covid- related protocols must be adhered to.
40 per cent beds in private hospitals have been reserved to ensure that the health system of the national capital is not overwhelmed by the surge in cases.
The national capital had recorded 5,481 coronavirus cases and three related deaths yesterday as the government announced fresh curbs including weekend curfew.
Delhi has imposed the weekend and work from home for government offices to arrest the sudden spurt in Covid cases. Under the restrictions, private offices can only function at 50 per cent capacity,
Buses and the Delhi metro will operate at full capacity in order to avoid long queues and crowding.
“There is nothing to worry. Make masks your shield,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said yesterday.