Delhi could be epicenter for a likely fourth wave of Covid-19 in India

April 17, 2022 0 By Team FM

Even as India relaxed its Covid-19 restrictions almost fully after witnessing a steady decline in new infections and active caseload since mid-March, medical experts on Sunday expressed serious concerns over the currently emerging situation in Delhi. The capital city, which registered a 5.33 percent test positive rate (TPR) on Sunday with 461 new cases, could become an epicenter for a likely fourth wave in the country, they said. 

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is closely monitoring the situation. However, no reports have come from the genetic sequencing laboratories so far identifying the variant of the virus that has caused the sudden surge in cases. Since the threat of newly spreading BA.2 and L452R— a sub-variant of the Omicron and a recombinant variant of the Delta and Omicron variants respectively– is looming large and causing rapid spread in the Western geographies, there is an urgent need for quickly identifying the presence of these variants in the city, the medical experts cautioned.      

The DDMA will meet on April 20 to discuss whether there is a situation to bring back the pandemic related restrictions. Meanwhile, Delhi government has assured the public that there is no need for panic as of now as hospitalisations are less, though some 250 emergency beds in the government hospitals have been kept ready to meet the crisis.   

Delhi’s current test positive rate is up 26 percent since Saturday. The TPR in the national capital was 2.39 percent on Saturday with confirmation of 325 new cases and a total home isolation load of 574. On Sunday, Delhi has reported two new Covid related deaths as well. 

The situation has also warranted a focus on school children. The medical experts have also called for urgent vaccination of children below 12 who have comorbidities. 

With the uptick in coronavirus cases and the positivity rate going beyond 5 percent, the city has witnessed a nearly 48 percent rise in home isolation cases in the last one week, according to official data, which revealed that the test positivity rate has been in excess of one percent since April 4.