Arvind Kejriwal says, ‘Covid-19 bed occupancy has come down sharply since June’

An expression of satisfaction with the number of available beds presently, by the CM Aravind Kejriwal.

Delhi Chief Minister ‘Arvind Kejriwal’ on Friday said, there is an adequate number of beds for Covid-19 patients in the capital, and told that the situation had been brought “under control” by attaching hotels along with the hospitals. The most patients who got positive for Covid-19 are showing mild symptoms, which do not require hospitalisation is also encouraging, he said.

“Over the last one week, the daily average of beds occupied in hospitals has remained around 6000. Over 3000 new cases are being registered every day, but not many are requiring hospitalisation. In Delhi, people infected with the virus are showing mild symptoms,” Kejriwal said, addressing a webcast.

At presently, out of 13,240 beds for Covid -19 patients across state government-run, five Centre-run and 116 private hospitals in the city, 6,100 are occupied, according to the coronavirus dashboard. At the five hospitals under the Delhi government, 1,424 out of 4,119 beds are occupied; 1,094 out of 2,022 beds at five Centre-run hospitals are full; 3,582 out of 7,099 beds at 116 private hospital health facilities are taken. The Delhi cabinet also gave necessary approvals for operationalising another government hospital at Buhari with 450 more beds.

There are 744 ICU/ventilator beds in Delhi now, out of which 167 were in 4 Delhi government hospitals, 185 in 5 hospitals under the Centre and 392 in 74 private hospitals.

“We are also creating ICU beds. We are not sitting idle. Over 3,500 beds have been laid at hotels attached to hospitals over the last 10 days, which is why the number of beds has increased. More banquet halls are being prepared. We are preparing for tomorrow, for the day after. There was a shortage of beds during the first week of June. I used to attend calls throughout the night, trying to arrange beds for people. The situation is under control now,” Kejriwal said.

Under the next phase of augmentation of the beds, around 1,999 beds, being brought by the ITBP at the campus of Radha Swami Satsang Beas in southern Delhi, Bhatti Mines, will be pressed into service with the assistance of ITBP personnel. And 1,000-bed facilities, with including 250 ICU beds, are also being prepared by the DRDO and Tata Trust, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced this on June 23.

Kejriwal said that the city is continuously recording above 3,000 cases, almost every day because more tests are being conducted meanwhile. “When we were carrying out 5,000 to 6,000 tests in the city, around 2,000-2,500 positive cases used to come up. Now that, 18,000 to 20,000 tests are getting conducted, cases are naturally on the rise,” he said.

The CM told; the government has managed to be providing all the patients under home isolations, with oximeters to keep an eye on their oxygen saturation levels. “The ideal saturation level is 95%. Anything below 90 is considered dangerous and severe if concentration drops below 85. People have been provided with oximeters so that they can call us if levels dip below 95. The government will arrange oxygen cylinders for them and shift to hospitals if required,” he said.

PM Modi also talked about recovery rate has become better but advises people to stay safe by adopting the safety measures suggested by doctors.