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Health Minister Says No COVID-19 Case From Delta Plus Variant Reported In Delhi

Disagreeing with the presence of cases from the lethal Delta Plus variant of coronavirus, the Delhi Health Minister mentioned that no communication on this matter has taken place between the Delhi government and the Centre.

Health Minister Satyender Jain on Wednesday denied presence of any reported Delta Plus case in Delhi PTI

On Wednesday Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain claimed that the national capital has not reported any case of Delta plus variant of COVID-19 so far.

In continuation, he also added that no communication with the Centre has taken place  regarding any special arrangement to deal with the current Variant-Of-Concern (VOC). 

He mentioned about the commencement of a  genome sequencing lab to accelerate the process of  coronvirus variants detection which, will become operational at Lok Nayak Hospital within a week.

Another such lab is being created at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, he said.

"There are several variants of coronavirus, but there are only two ways to protect yourself against it -- get vaccinated and use masks. There is no separate communication from the Centre to make special preparations for the Delta plus variant. Also, Delhi has not reported any such cases so far," Jain told reporters here.

He said the Delhi government is in the process of increasing hospital beds to accommodate 37,000 cases a day in case of a third wave.

The Delhi government has already installed 32 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen generation plants with a total capacity of 29.77 metric tonnes (MT).

Three liquid medical oxygen storage tanks with a cumulative capacity of 171 MT have also been installed.

Jain also said the coronavirus situation is under control in Delhi, but appealed to people to continue observing Covid appropriate behaviour.

"The number of cases had reduced significantly in January and February too, and people let their guards down. The experience of the last one-and-a-half-year shows one has to remain vigilant all the time," he added.

(With PTI Inputs)

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