Hospitals turning away COVID patients despite bed availability will face action: Kejriwal

Delhi faces 'grim' virus battle as cases jump again: minister

"In Delhi, we are now left with less than 100 ICU beds", he said. Now only 1,800 of 10,000 central government hospital beds are reserved for Covid patients, he said.

New Delhi has registered at least 24,000 fresh coronavirus cases in 24 hours and faces a "grim" battle against a new pandemic wave with shortages of oxygen and drugs, the Indian capital's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday.

"Del facing acute shortage of oxygen. We are falling short of oxygen as well", Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal wrote, "The COVID-19 situation in Delhi is quite serious".

Delhi saw close to 25,500 cases on Sunday, according to the CM, and the health infrastructure is under vast pressure as ICU beds and oxygen supply were running out. We are asking Centre for help and getting it.

"Spoke to Dr Harsh Vardhan yesterday and Amit Shah ji this morning regarding lack of beds and informed them that we are in dire need", the Delhi CM said.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh has directed DRDO to help set up the facility in his constituency.

"In the next 3-4 days, the Delhi government will be adding 6,000 oxygen beds including 1,300 beds at the Yamuna Sports Complex and Commonwealth Games Complex, and 2,500 at Radha Soami Satsang, Beas premises", he said. "Therefore, to further augment bed capacity, all nursing homes and private hospitals providing Covid-related treatment are directed to reserve 80 per cent of their ICU beds and ward beds for the treatment of coronavirus patients", the order said.

The national capital reported 25,462 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in the city till date, according to data shared by the Health Department. In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than the normal supply.

The death toll increased to 1,78,769 with a record 1,619 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.



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