As Delhi reported more than 24,000 new cases on Saturday, marking a new record for the capital and the highest daily count of any city in the country to date, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the situation had become “very serious and disturbing”, with oxygen. shortage of stock, remdesivir and tocilizumab. “The speed at which Covid is spreading, it is not known when the peak will be reached,” the CM said.
Rising cases have put a strain on health infrastructure, with hospitals now reporting a shortage of beds, oxygen, remdesivir and tocilizumab, Kejriwal said in a webcast as Delhi figures increased. of 24,375 cases and 167 deaths. The positive rate also increased, to 24.56%.
“Every health care system has a threshold and a limit. We are trying to quickly increase the beds. We want to make sure there is no oxygen shortage and are trying to increase the number of oxygen beds – 1,300 oxygen beds will be ready at Yamuna Sports Complex and CWG Village in a few days . 2,500 additional beds are also being installed at the Radha Soami Satsang complex in Chhatarpur. Hopefully we’ll have 6,000 more beds in two or three days… We can’t afford to be lax at all. We need to be one step ahead. “
The CM said it was also closely monitoring the labs, with delayed Covid test reports. “Delhi was the only city where test reports were given within 24 hours. We are now receiving complaints that reports are delayed for two to four days. The reason is that some laboratories have taken samples more than their capacity… If a serious patient has been tested and his result is delayed by three days, he could die within the allotted time… Strict measures will be taken against the laboratories that will take samples. more samples than their capacity. The DMs were also asked to check the capacity of the labs before sending them samples, ”Kejriwal said.
On complaints that hospitals are turning away patients despite the Delhi corona app showing they have vacant beds, the CM said availability needs to be reflected in real time, and whether the app shows beds are available but hospitals refuse to admit patients, strict action will be taken. be taken against them.
The CM also held a review meeting on Saturday afternoon with senior officials, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Minister of Health Satyendar Jain.
At present, Delhi has 17,246 Covid beds (including in banquet halls and hotels linked to hospitals), of which 13,158 are occupied. Out of 1,286 ventilation beds, only 124 are vacant; while only 165 of the 2,764 ventilator-less intensive care beds are available.
Kejriwal called on the Center to increase the number of Covid beds in the hospitals it manages. “There are nearly 10,000 beds in the hospitals managed by the Center. Our request is that at least 50% be reserved for Covid patients and that intensive care facilities be provided, ”he said on a webcast.
The total number of Covid cases in the capital since the start of the pandemic is now close to 8.3 lakh.