'Situation worsening': Delhi reports 25,500 new cases; CM Kejriwal seeks Centre's help

'Situation worsening': Delhi reports 25,500 new cases; CM Kejriwal seeks Centre's help”

On Sunday, Kejriwal said Delhi was facing an "acute shortage" of oxygen for COVID-19 patients and alleged that the quota of the city has been diverted to other states.

The AAP-led Delhi government is desperately trying to scale up the number of available beds as the Capital struggles to cope with an exponential rise in new infections.

Kejriwal wrote in the letter, "The central government-run hospitals in Delhi have roughly 10,000 beds, but only 1,800 beds have been reserved for COVID-19 patients".

CM Kejriwal also said the Covid-19 positivity rate in Delhi has crossed 30%. "We thank them for it", Kejriwal said. "In the last 24 hours, approximately 25,500 cases of Covid have come up". On Saturday, this figure was around 24 per cent. A private hospital told us yesterday that they had nearly run out but tragedy was averted.

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There are just 37 ventilator beds and 58 ICU beds without ventilators available in Delhi at present. Now only 1,800 of 10,000 central government hospital beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients, he said.

The city of more than 20 million is already under a strict weekend lockdown after becoming the worst-hit city in a country confronting a new surge.

CM Kejriwal had on April 15 announced sweeping restrictions in Delhi, including a weekend curfew and the closure of malls, gymnasiums, spas, and auditoriums, in a bid to break the chain of the COVID-19 infection in the national capital.

"The rate at which it is going we don't know where this will peak", said the head of the regional government. 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. It is also arranging high flow oxygen beds for patients in some hospitals, he said.

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