Omicron: Curfew in Delhi as India Covid cases surge

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India is facing a third wave of coronavirus as major cities – the capital Delhi and the financial center of Mumbai – see an increase in cases.Omicron: Curfew in Delhi

India reported 58,097 incidents on Wednesday, with a six-fold increase per week experts say is fueling the Omicron diversity.

About a third of those infections originated in Delhi and Mumbai.

Both cities have curtailed their curfews and restrictions to halt the spread of the virus.

Dr NK Arora, head of the Indian vaccination team, told NDTV on Monday that the third wave of the epidemic had begun in the country, adding that “every wave seems to be driven by a new species … Omicron”.

The country has reported more than 2,000 XNUMX cases in Omicron – Maharashtra, the capital of Mumbai, with statistics (653), followed by Delhi (464).

Delhi Health Minister Satyavar Jain said 81% of Covid samples in the city had been tested for Omicron.

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) – one of India’s largest hospitals – in Delhi has canceled a doctor’s winter leave, according to reports.

The growing epidemic is a sad reminder of India’s second wave of catastrophic floods in April and May – a daily average of about 400,000 cases at the top of the scale.

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Delhi was among the worst-hit cities as hospitals across the country ran out of beds and life-saving oxygen, leaving patients breathing. Cemeteries were overcrowded, forcing people to bury many people in open spaces.

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Vehicle loading has finally declined – for months the national figures remained below 10,000 cases a day.

Delhi was among the hardest hit cities as hospitals across the country ran out of beds and life-saving oxygen, leaving patients gasping for breath. Crematoriums were overwhelmed, forcing people to hold mass burials in open spaces.

Caseloads did drop eventually – for many months the national tally remained well under 10,000 cases a day.

Now as cases rise again, state governments are re-imposing restrictions.

Preliminary data suggests that fewer people infected with Omicron need hospital treatment when compared with other variants. But experts advise caution as a surge in cases could put hospitals under strain.

On Tuesday, authorities in Delhi imposed a weekend curfew, with all non-essential activity banned between Friday night and Monday morning. The capital last week closed gyms and cinemas, as well as imposing an overnight curfew in an effort to stem the spread.

Now that cases are rising again, regional governments are setting boundaries.

Preliminary data suggest that fewer people infected with Omicron need hospital treatment compared to other types. But experts advise caution as the increase in cases could put hospitals under pressure.

On Tuesday, authorities in Delhi set a curfew for the weekend, all non-essential activities being banned between Friday night and Monday morning. The capital last week closed down gymnasiums and cinemas, as well as setting a time to return home in an effort to curb the spread.

The weekend curfew decision was announced hours after the city’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive, saying he was isolating with mild symptoms.

Mr Kejriwal has been attending massive election rallies in other states, even as cases continue to rise in his city.

On Monday, he attended an event in Uttarakhand where many, including those sharing the stage with him, were seen without a mask.

Several other politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have held similar rallies in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in the past few weeks in which thousands – many without masks – have participated with little regard to social distancing.

The three states, along with Goa and Manipur, go to the polls in February and March.

The weekend curfew decision was announced hours after the city’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive, saying he was isolating with mild symptoms.

Mr Kejriwal has been attending massive election rallies in other states, even as cases continue to rise in his city.

On Monday, he attended an event in Uttarakhand where many, including those sharing the stage with him, were seen without a mask.

Several other politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have held similar rallies in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in the past few weeks in which thousands – many without masks – have participated with little regard to social distancing.

The three states, along with Goa and Manipur, go to the polls in February and March.

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