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CM Kejriwal: Ramping up testing capacity to tackle pandemic wave

New Delhi, Dec 23 (MNN) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that his government is prepared to tackle a feared third coronavirus pandemic wave due to Omicron variant, enumerating the steps taken in this regard.

“We are ramping up our capacity to detect coronavirus through testing to three lakh in Delhi as against 70,000 at present,” he said while saying that he had reviews the coronavirus situation in the national capital in a meeting on Thursday.

Pointing out that reports said that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was “mild” but spread faster and hence required less hospitalisation, he said that the emphasis thus will be on “home isolation” of the patients.

Kejriwal said that the sero-survey in Delhi was 95 per cent, meaning thereby that 95 per cent of the population had coronavirus antibodies. “A total of 99 per cent of the eligible population has been given the first dose of vaccine while 77 per cent had had their second dose as well.”

Advising the patients to remain at home as far as possible and unless the symptoms were severe, he said that they will be provided full treatment in the safe confines of their homes.

“When we test a person as coronavirus positive, a phone call will go to the person concerned. Medicines etc will be sent to his home and the patient isolated. He will be extended the facility of tele-counselling till he gets cured,” the Chief Minister added.

While Delhi saw a high of 26,000 to 27,000 coronavirus cases earlier on, the government was now prepared to tackle one lakh cases per day, Kejriwal said.

He said that home isolation and treatment will require huge manpower, for which agencies will be hired in two to three days. Orders have already been issued in this regard, the Chief Minister said.

At present, Kejriwal said, Delhi had the capacity to handle visits to 1,100 households daily, which will be scaled up to one lakh houses.

“We are also stocking up on medicines sufficient for two months. Last time, we also faced medical oxygen shortage. We will handle it this time,” he added.

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