Published: Mon, April 19, 2021

Less than 100 ICU beds vacant in Delhi, situation worsening: Kejriwal

Less than 100 ICU beds vacant in Delhi, situation worsening: Kejriwal

The chief minister said due to the fast pace of increasing COVID-19 infections, hospital beds and oxygen for patients are depleting fast in the city.

Delhi saw close to 25,500 cases on Sunday, according to the CM, and the health infrastructure is under huge pressure as ICU beds and oxygen supply were running out.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said Delhi is facing an "acute shortage" of oxygen for COVID-19 patients and alleged that the quota of the city has been diverted to other states. Of which, 1,800 beds are now reserved for Covid-19 patients. This comes a day after Delhi reported its highest-ever single-day spike of over 25,000 COVID-19 infections.

"If it worsens we will take whatever steps are needed in the next few days to save your lives", he added, hinting at the possibility of extending the lockdown, which emptied the streets on Saturday. 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.


"The rate at which it is going we don't know where this will peak", said the head of the regional government. Now only 1,800 of 10,000 central government hospital beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients, he said.

The Delhi government has an app that shows the number of occupied or vacant beds available at hospitals in realtime. Kejriwal cited that less than 100 ICU beds were available in Delhi now and said he spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday morning and stressed on the need of beds for the Covid patients.

The assurance of Delhi chief minister comes at a time when people are finding it hard to admit patients in hospitals, and taking to social media with cries of help.

And the DRDO is also expected to set up three temporary hospitals - adding nearly 1500-2000 beds to deal with the growing number of cases.

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