“Delhi government’s health department has chalked out initial plans to deal with the mutant strains and a special ward at Lok Nayak Hospital (LNJP) is being created for treatment of patients in case anyone is found infected with one of the new strains,” said sources.
Despite repeated attempts, LNJP’s medical director Dr Suresh Kumar couldn’t be contacted for comments on the arrangements being made at the hospital, which is the biggest Covid-19 facility in the capital.
When samples of a total 33 UK returnees who arrived in Delhi in December, 2020 tested positive for a new strain of the coronavirus detected in that country, most of them were isolated in a special ward at LNJP. Sources claimed that the ward would be now used in case any patient is found infected with the new strains, which originated in South Africa and Brazil.
On Monday, LG Anil Baijal had also stressed upon the adoption of cluster-based surveillance, testing and genome sequencing strategy during a meeting of DDMA, which he chaired. Cluster-based genome sequence testing and surveillance help in identifying any mutation of the virus.
Despite a significant dip in coronavirus cases in recent days, the authority asked the Delhi government to remain vigilant for at least two more weeks. Baijal emphasised the need to continue to be vigilant without lowering the guard.