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Less than 100 ICU beds vacant in Delhi hospitals: Kejriwal

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
Last updated on: April 18, 2021 16:41 IST
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Over 25,000 people have tested COVID-19 positive in the last 24 hours in Delhi and less than 100 ICU beds remain available in hospitals, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday, delivering more bad news in an unprecedented public health crisis sweeping not just the capital but the entire nation.

IMAGE: Medics attend to a COVID-19 patients at a banquet Hall, temporarily converted into an isolation ward, as coronavirus cases surge across the country. Photograph: Manvender Vashist/PTI Photo

Pointing out that the positivity rate has gone up from 24 per cent to 30 per cent in just 24 hours, he said due to fast pace in increase of COVID-19 infections, hospital beds and oxygen for patients are rapidly depleting in the city.

Kejriwal cited that less than 100 ICU beds are 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.

"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 had talked 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.

The Delhi government in the next 2-3 days will come up with 6,000 beds with oxygen facility at Yamuna Sports Complex, Radha Swami Satsang Beas premises and schools, Kejriwal said.

It is also arranging high flow oxygen beds for patients in some hospitals, he said.

"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.

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.

The chief minister said Delhi's people ar fully cooperating in implementation of ongoing weekend curfew imposed in view of soaring infections and thanked doctors, religious and social organisations, NGOs and the Centre for their help in the fight against the deadly virus.

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