New Delhi: Only 5-10% of the active COVID-19 cases in the recent spike needed hospitalisation but the situation is dynamic and may change rapidly, the Union government said on Monday and asked states to keep a watch on cases under home isolation and in hospitals.
During the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, the percentage of active cases that needed hospital care were in the range of 20-23%, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states and Union territories.
The rise in COVID-19 cases in various parts of the country appears to be driven by the omicron variant as well as by the continued presence of delta, he said and stressed on augmenting human resources, particularly healthcare workers, for COVID-19 management.
“In the present surge, 5-10% of active cases needed hospitalisation so far. The situation is dynamic and evolving. Therefore, the need for hospitalization may also change rapidly,” Bhushan said.