Flagging a sudden rise in Covid instances throughout 14 cities, the Centre has written to states, urging them to take speedy measures to examine the surge. Circumstances of the extremely infectious Omicron are additionally rising quickly in and across the huge cities. “Take steps now to keep away from elevated mortality,” was the Centre’s recommendation, sources mentioned. The thought of taking Delhi’s GRAP mannequin throughout the nation can also be being thought-about, prime sources mentioned.
Within the night, the federal government’s Covid Process Drive chief VK Paul mentioned the Centre haswritten to eight states together with Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kerala and Telangana. Fourteen districts within the nation has confirmed a large positivity fee – between 5 and 10 per cent — he mentioned.
Omicron, he added, is making fast headway within the nation. Thus far there have been 961 instances of the extremely infectious variant throughout 22 states. The worst affected states are Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kerala and Telangana.
Whereas Delhi and Mumbai have proven the utmost spike, different cities, together with Gurgaon, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad will not be far behind.
Over a 24-hour interval, Mumbai logged 2,510 instances of Covid on Wednesday, an 82% leap. In the same huge spike, Delhi reported 923 instances of coronavirus on Wednesday — an 86 per cent leap from Tuesday.
As of now, Delhi and Maharashtra are additionally the 2 states most affected by Omicron, among the many 19 states the place the variant has made an look. However Omicron instances are additionally rising quickly in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, sources mentioned.
Between December 15 and 21, Haryana’s Gurugram, positioned close to Delhi, recorded 194 Covid instances. The quantity went as much as 738 within the December 22 to twenty-eight week.
In Chennai, the numbers have gone up from 1,039 to 1,720 in the identical interval. In Kolkata, the figures are 1,494 and a pair of,636. In Bengaluru, the Covid instances have spiked from 1,445 to 1,902.
Earlier this week, Delhi imposed a sequence of restrictions underneath the Yellow Alert — a part of town’s four-stage Graded Response Motion Plan or GRAP. The plan was accredited by the Delhi Catastrophe Administration Authority in July as a preparatory measure for a potential third wave.
Beneath it, many of the actions resumed in phases because the second wave stopped. Malls, eating places, outlets, cinema halls spas and gymnasiums have been shut. So have been colleges and faculties. Non-public places of work are being allowed to function at 50 per cent capability from 9 am to five pm.
Retailers and malls promoting non-essential items and providers are allowed to remain open underneath the odd-even rule.
Eating places and bars are working at 50 per cent capability and timings have been curtailed.