omicron case commissioner, impact on Mumbai Hospital

On January 2, 2022, at Zhuhu Beach in Mumbai, India, people did not observe social distancing regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mumbai, the financial center of India, has a strong healthcare infrastructure that can withstand the increasing number of new coronary pneumonia cases, the city’s municipal agency told CNBC on Thursday.

During the second wave of Covid from February to May last year, India faced severe oxygen shortages. In June, the state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, instructed Local oxygen producers increase production and storage capacity To deal with future waves of infection.

“Mumbai’s health infrastructure is very strong, and we are prepared for the worst, but we want to be the best,” Iqbal Singh Chahar, Commissioner of the Brigham Mumbai Municipal Corporation, told CNBC. “Street Sign Asia.”

India’s new Covid wave

With cases rising again, India is preparing for the third wave of new coronavirus infections.

Government data shows that the number of daily reported cases on Thursday exceeded 90,000 for the first time since June.

As in other parts of the country, Maharashtra is seeing more and more daily reported cases, with nearly 800 cases in the state attributed to the omicron variant first discovered by South African scientists. Mumbai Report There were more than 15,000 new cases in 24 hours on Wednesday.

Chahar said he was not worried.

“There is absolutely no need to panic because despite the 62,000 cases, we still have 84% of our beds vacant and the symptoms are very mild,” the commissioner said. “The best thing about omicron is that it occupies the space of the delta variant, which is fatal. It will get you into the oxygenation and ICU breathing machine position very quickly.”

To be clear, at the same time Research shows that omicron does not seem to be as serious as delta, Health experts emphasize the need to be cautious and say that this may be It is too early to judge the severity of the mutation.

Chahar told CNBC Although some local reports claim that Maharashtra has sufficient oxygen supply and hospital beds to cope with the surge in infections Already behind Among its oxygen production goals.

He claimed that most of the new cases are asymptomatic and that only a few people currently require hospitalization. According to the commissioner, even these patients only stayed in the hospital for three to five days.

According to Indian media reports, Chahal and BMC have instructed 142 private hospitals in the city to prepare for the surge in cases in the next few days, requiring them to prepare enough beds Comparable to the second wave of last year’s peak.

Chahar told CNBC that as of now, Mumbai has not re-imposed any curfew-no more than 5 people are allowed to gather between 5 pm and 5 am, hotels, restaurants, public transportation, trains, buses, and taxis And private cars are forbidden to gather. He said it was operating normally.

But the local media Report If more than 20,000 cases are reported daily, BMC may consider tightening restrictions.

Omicron variants