New Delhi: The Delhi government is mighty worried about Omicron. Cases more than doubled in a day in the national capital on Friday, taking the tally to 22.
Not taking any chances and fearing an Omicron-triggered third wave looming on the horizon, the Delhi government on Saturday decided to convert four private hospitals into dedicated Omicron centres, that is, for those infected with the new variant of coronavirus.
So far, Omicron patients were being treated only at the state-run LNJP Hospital.
Now, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Max (Saket), Fortis (Vasant Kunj) and Batra Hospital (Tughlakabad) have been added to the list and designated as Omicron centres.
According to Health department officials, most of the Omicron cases in Delhi are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.
LNJP Managing Director Dr Suresh Kumar is of the opinion that the Omicron variant has the potential to change the course of COVID-19 pandemic.
“This new variant will change the course of the pandemic… It is replacing Delta. This is definitely an alarming situation, but we have to be alert, not panic. We have already handled the UK strain and the second wave,” he said.
Over 100 people have been detected to have been Omicron-positive in India so far.