5-10% of Active COVID Cases Need Hospitalisation at Present, Situation May Change Rapidly: Govt | Key Points
"In the present surge, 5-10% of active cases needed hospitalisation so far. The situation is dynamic & evolving, the need for hospitalisation may change rapidly", the letter by Bhushan read.
New Delhi: Amid spiralling coronavirus cases, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday wrote to his counterparts in states and Union territories and said India is witnessing a hospitalisation rate of 5-10 per cent in the present surge, however, the situation is evolving and may change rapidly. “In the present surge, 5-10% of active cases needed hospitalisation so far. The situation is dynamic & evolving, the need for hospitalisation may change rapidly”, the letter by Bhushan read.
He also appealed to all States/UTs to keep a close watch on situation of total no. of active cases. His letter to the states and UTs come as India saw a single-day rise of 1,79,723 coronavirus infections taking the total tally to 3,57,07,727, including 4,033 cases of the Omicron variant. The number of active cases has increased to 7,23,619, the highest in around 204 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,83,936 with 146 fatalities.
Your 5-point cheatsheet to this story
- Referring to today’s rise in COVID-19 cases, the health ministry said, “The rise, it appears, is being driven by the Variant of Concern (VOC) “Omicron” and the continued presence of another VoC “Delta” in large geographies across the country.”
- “While various states and UTs have initiated steps for the establishment of jumbo health facilities, temporary hospitals etc, it must be appreciated that both infrastructure and human resources have their limitations”, the letter said.
- The health secretary added, “It is important to conserve healthcare workers by initiating staggering where possible and by restricting elective procedures in the hospitals.”
- He also asked States and UTs to strictly adhere to the advisory for managing healthcare workers working in COVID and Non-covid areas of healthcare facilities issued by this Ministry of 9th January 2022.
- All district hospitals and medical college hospitals at District HQ level to be utilized as eSanjeevani Tele-consultation hubs for providing e0OPD services and Tele-consultation to patients at Community Health Care (CHC) and Primary Health Centre (PHC) levels. Requisite financial resources for this have already been provided ECRP-II to States/UTs.
Omicron In India | State-wise Update
The Omicron infection has spread into 27 States and UTs so far. Maharashtra continues to be worst hit at 1,216 Omicron infections with 207 cases detected in the last 24 hours. Of them, 454 patients have been discharged.
However, Rajasthan has replaced Delhi at second position with total 529 Omicron cases, out of which 305 have been discharged so far. Delhi continues with 513 Omicron cases. Of them, 57 have been discharged from the hospital so far.
Delhi is followed by Karnataka with 441 cases of this variant. Kerala has registered 333 Omicron cases so far.
Among other states, Gujarat has so far detected 236 cases, while Tamil Nadu continues with 185 cases. Telangana and Haryana also have 123 Omicron cases each.