Can handle 1 lakh COVID-19 cases per day, mild symptoms to stay at home: Arvind Kejriwal on Omicron

New Delhi: 

With Delhi being among the states and Union Territories to report maximum number of Omicron cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday, said his government is prepared to handle one lakh COVID-19 cases daily and has created a capacity to conduct three lakh tests every day.

Addressing the media after a high-level meeting with officials on COVID-19, Kejriwal urged people of the national capital to stay in home isolation and not to rush hospital if they experience mild symptoms.

He further said what has been seen so far is that Omicron infection does not require hospitalisation. 

“We have created a capacity to conduct three lakh tests daily. With our preparations, we can handle as many as one lakh daily cases if such a situation arises. We are strengthening our home isolation management protocol.”

He added, “Under our home isolation module, our healthcare workers will visit patients at their residence, conduct tele-counselling and also give a kit containing oximeter and others to them.” 

Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has increased the number of hospital beds and strengthened the weak points that had resulted in mayhem during the outbreak of Delta variant. 

The Chief Minister said his government is increasing the manpower and also making arrangements for 15 oxygen tankers.

“We are increasing our manpower, stocking medicines for the coming few months. We are arranging medical oxygen and 15 oxygen tankers will be delivered to us in the next 3 weeks,” said the Delhi CM.

Kejriwal also stated that as per serosurvey 95 per cent of people in Delhi have already been infected with COVID-19 and have developed antibodies.

“99 per cent have received their first dose of the vaccine while more than 70 per cent are administered with second doses. We think that the cases will be less but if we see a surge then we are ready to handle it,” he added.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 64 Omicron cases in the national capital.


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