Health Minister says 70-80 percent of Kovid patients in Gujarat have omicrons

About 70 to 80 percent of the positive cases detected in Gujarat were from omicron variant, Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel said on Wednesday and urged those using home testing kits to register themselves with a doctor to help strategize the state’s response to the third wave.

According to the government’s assessment, Gujarat has consistently reported 20,966 new cases and 12 deaths, while Patel indicated that the state was only reaching its peak.

Assuring that the Gujarat government is working to ensure that “at least the patients need critical care and oxygen support” during the current third wave, Patel said the public should follow suit. COVID-19 SOP and fair dealing.

Patel was addressing a press conference at the Sabarmati Riverfront House in Ahmedabad with five medical experts, who are members of the state government’s COVID-19 task force.

Ahmedabad recorded 8,529 new cases and six deaths and is again seeing a significant decrease in the doubling time of new infections – from January 17 till Wednesday, to five days from almost 11 days.

answer a question by Indian Express On why the state has stopped giving data on daily omicron cases, Patel said, “It is being said that at present, 70-80 per cent of the total covid-19 cases are of omicron type. The Omicron version is spreading fast and we can use the Omicron or . are not distinguishing between delta version Now, we are only concerned about ensuring the safe recovery of the infected.”

Patel also indicated that the daily Covid cases declared by the state may be less than the actual positive cases as citizens also use home testing kits. “The figures we get are based on data from private and government hospitals (and laboratories). The figures of those who test with the home kit are not recorded. It is our appeal that in such cases, the patient should register himself with the doctor… so that we can (be aware of the actual number of positive cases and) strategize accordingly… on our covid response… we are getting pointers that it is drawing near. Pinnacle,” Patel said.

According to Patel, the state is monitoring daily cases, future projections as well as oxygen requirements. Patel said, “I believe there will not be a situation like what we saw during the second wave. Presently, the state has a capacity of 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen and till Monday, the daily oxygen requirement is marked at 70 metric tonnes. Went.”

The state’s oxygen requirement during the peak of the second wave ranged between 1,000 metric tonnes to 1,200 metric tonnes per day. The hospitalization rate of active COVID patients till January 17 was 2.05 per cent, though the state’s test positivity rate (TPR) crossed 13 per cent from January 16.

According to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, eight districts including Rajkot (13.65 per cent), Navsari (11.58 per cent) and Jamnagar (10.21 per cent) have violated the weekly TPR by 10 per cent, while five other districts have violated the TPR. . Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Bharuch and Gandhinagar districts had violated it four days ago. At present, Ahmedabad has the highest weekly TPR at around 25 per cent, followed by Vadodara at 23.80 per cent, Gandhinagar at 19.16 per cent and Bharuch at 15 per cent.

Surat, where 3,974 new cases and one death were reported on Wednesday, has managed to keep its weekly TPR under control at 11.80 per cent till January 18. Surat has been steadily increasing the testing numbers since January 10, when it tested 15,400-odd samples. On January 18, 36,800 samples were taken. However, as per data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in the week between January 12 and January 18, 52 per cent of the total tests conducted by the district were rapid antigen tests.

Sabarkantha reported two deaths on Tuesday, the first Covid death since June 13.