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Delhi CM Kejriwal seeks Centre’s help as ‘situation worsen’ with fresh 25,500 cases

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The chief minister of New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal sought Centre’s help to provide more hospital beds as the national capital  reported its highest-ever daily spike of 25,500 coronavirus cases on Sunday.

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Briefing about the Covid situation in the city, the CM said that due to the rapid increase in Covid-19 infections, hospital beds and oxygen for patients are depleting in the city.

“In the last 24 hours, approximately 25,500 cases of Covid have come up. Before that, we had around 24,000 cases, and before that, we had 19,500 cases,” he said.

“We have noted that the number of available beds reserved for Covid patients is reducing at a fast rate. We are falling short of ICU beds. In Delhi, we are now left with less than 100 ICU beds. We are falling short of oxygen as well,” Kejriwal said.

The chief minister also pointed out that the positivity rate in Delhi has gone up from 24 per cent to 30 per cent in just 24 hours. This means that nearly 1 in 3 people getting tested for coronavirus were found to be positive for the infection.

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Making a fervent appeal to the Centre, Kejriwal cited that less than 100 ICU beds are available in Delhi now and the situation is “worsening every moment”.

He said he spoke to Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday morning and stressed on the need of beds for the Covid patients.
“I spoke to home minister Amit Shah today and informed him of our dire need of beds and oxygen. We are constantly in touch with the Centre and getting help from it,” he said.

Kejriwal, who also spoke to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday, requested the Centre to reserve at least 7,000 of 10,000 beds in hospitals run by it in Delhi as Covid beds and ensure immediate supply of oxygen.

Currently only 1,800 of 10,000 central government hospital beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients, he said.

Last night, a private hospital informed that the shortage of oxygen was so severe that they just about managed to prevent a tragedy, he said.

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New Delhi, which has imposed a weekend curfew, is among the worst hit cities in India, where a second major wave of coronavirus infections is straining health infrastructure.

Additionally, the Delhi government on Sunday directed all nursing homes and private hospitals providing Covid-19-related treatment in the national capital to reserve at least 80 per cent of their ICU and ward bed capacity for coronavirus patients.

The order issued by the medical superintendent, nursing homes mentioned that the occupancy of ICU beds and ward beds for coronavirus patients in 115 private hospitals has reached “almost 100 per cent and 90 per cent” respectively.

“Therefore, to further augment bed capacity, all nursing homes and private hospitals providing Covid-related treatment are directed to reserve 80 per cent of their ICU beds and ward beds for the treatment of coronavirus patients,” the order read.

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