NEW DELHI, Jan 2 (Asia Free Press): India has reported more than 27,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with infections sharply rising for a fifth day straight, but the chief minister of the capital New Delhi has said there was no need to panic, citing low hospitalisation rates, reported Reuters.
The country’s largest cities, including Delhi and the financial capital Mumbai, have seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, including those of the Omicron variant.
Although the number of active cases in Delhi has tripled in just the last three days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that hospitalisations had not gone up.
“This means that most people who are coming down with (COVID-19) do not require hospital care. They are mild cases,” Kejriwal said during a video briefing.
“Cases are going up but there is no reason to worry. There is no need to panic,” he added.
Delhi was among hardest hit cities during the second wave of the pandemic in India last year, with hospitals running out of beds and life-saving oxygen, leaving patients gasping for breath.