Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Monday that the Delhi government will begin sending all positive Covid-19 samples for genome sequencing immediately in order to track the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the capital.
In addition, because people infected with the Covid-19 virus’s Omicron variant are expected to have moderate symptoms, the government has opted to increase home isolation procedures, according to Kejriwal.
The Delhi Chief Minister urged the Centre to allow healthcare professionals to obtain booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine first, followed by those who had already taken two doses.
The decisions were made at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday, which was led by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, according to the chief minister.
On Sunday, authorities in Delhi reported over 100 new Covid-19 cases for the first time in nearly six months, with 107 confirmed illnesses added to the count, prompting specialists to warn citizens to be cautious.
In the Capital, 24 cases of the Omicron strain had been reported as of Monday afternoon.
“At the DDMA meeting, we had a lengthy discussion with experts about the Omicron variant. Omicron is said to spread quickly, but the symptoms are minor. It also requires less hospitalisation and has a minimal risk of death, according to Kejriwal. “With that in mind, the DDMA has opted to focus on home isolation this time because the greatest number of individuals will be treated at home if there is another wave.”
“All these days, Covid-19 cases were incredibly low,” Kejriwal said of the choice to undergo genomic sequencing on all positive results. However, the number surpassed 100 yesterday. The DDMA has opted to do 100% genome sequencing on all positive samples to determine which strain these cases are, as well as how many of the new cases are Omicron variations and how many are Delta or Alpha variants.”
Until now, only those arriving in Delhi from at-risk nations and those arriving from other countries who tested positive during random tests at the airport had their genomes sequenced.
On Thursday, the Delhi chief minister will host a conference to assess the capital’s home isolation management.
According to the Sunday bulletin, one Covid-19 death was reported in Delhi, the first in 11 days and the third this month.
Kejriwal urged residents not to be alarmed, stating that the Delhi government had made the necessary plans for hospital beds, medicines, and oxygen supplies in the event of another wave.