However, the ministry warned that the situation is dynamic and evolving and the need for hospitalization may change as well.
The Union Health Ministry said on Monday that the percentage of active cases requiring hospitalization is currently in the 5-10% range, compared to the 20-23% range seen in the second wave of the pandemic. The Delta variant of Covid-19 also continues to exist, even as Omicron cases increase in the country. However, the ministry warned that the situation is dynamic and evolving and the need for hospitalization may change as well.
“An increase in Covid-19 cases, accompanied by an increase in the positivity rate, is being seen in various parts of the country. The increase, it appears, is due to the variant of concern, Omicron, and the continued presence of another variant, Delta, in large geographic areas across the country, ”the Minister of State said. Interior of the Union, Rajesh Bhushan.
He urged states to increase their human resources, especially healthcare workers, as managing Covid is of critical importance. The country reported an increase in the number of Covid cases with 1,79,723 lakh cases on Monday morning. The daily positivity rate soared to 13.29%. India’s active caseload currently stands at 7 23,619. The total number of Omicron cases detected so far is 4,033 and 1,552 have recovered.
The government has urged states and union territories to keep tabs on the total number of cases, including those isolated at home and hospitalized. Along with this, states have also been urged to monitor oxygen beds, intensive care beds, and ventilator support demand. States were also asked to review the availability of health care workers on a daily basis. It is important to retain healthcare workers by initiating staggering, where possible, and limiting elective procedures in hospitals, the health ministry said.
As states and UTs set up giant healthcare facilities, field hospitals and temporary hospitals, the government has stressed that infrastructure and human resources have their limits. The engagement of retired health professionals, MBBS students and the mobilization of teleconsultants was recommended. The government has suggested allocating beds in private hospitals for Covid care and has also advised against overburdening clients. All district hospitals and university medical hospitals at district headquarters should be used as teleconsultation centers. The country administered 152.82 crore doses through Monday evening.
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