Now There Is No shortage of ICU and Oxygen Beds in Delhi,’ says Arvind Kejriwal
This morning Delhi reported 12,600 new cases in the last 24 hours.
New Delhi: There will be no shortage of ICU or oxygen beds in Delhi, Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday morning, a day after opening a 500-bed facility at Gugu Teg Bahadur Hospital.
“Coronavirus cases are dying in Delhi … as well as the second wave. Through your co-operation, the ice closure has been successful, and we have increased the number of oxygen beds in the past few days. Yesterday we placed 500 new ICU beds near GTB Hospital,” said the Prime Minister.
“There is currently no shortage of ICU and oxygen beds in Delhi,” he added.
Mr. Kejriwal also expressed hope that the city, among those most affected by the second wave of coronavirus infection and mortality, overcame this worst challenge.
Daily cases dropped from more than 25,000 in the last week of April to less than 13,000 on Monday, and the goodwill has fallen from more than 36 percent to 19 percent.
There are, however, still more than 85,000 active cases in the national capital.
As cases dropped, experts warned of loosening and thought (again) that the virus had been defeated; on Sunday, Mr. Kejriwal repeated that warning while extending the lock; “The quality is declining, but we still can’t afford modesty,” he said.
Shortly afterward, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain made a similar request during a press conference to follow the rules until there are less than 3,000 active cases.
Mr. Jain described low test rates – experts fear he could hide the actual number of cases – as few people leave their homes during the closure to be tested.
The city’s health care system has been hit hard by the first wave, and ICU or oxygen beds are scarce or too small. The current urgency of expanding beds, especially those in ICUs (intensive care units) and the steady supply of oxygen, comes in fear of the third wave of disease.
On April 27, the prime minister announced that Delhi would receive an additional 1,200 beds on May 10.
Of those promised beds, 500 are at GTB Hospital annex, another 500 are at Lok Nayak Hospital, and another 200 are on the Radha Soami Beas campus south of Delhi Chhattarpur.
This morning Delhi reported 12,600 new cases and 319 deaths in the last 24 hours. In all, nearly 20,000 people have died from the disease.
The city remains under extended “tight” closure until 5 am on May 17.