Delhi’s Healthcare System Crumbles Under COVID Onslaught, Kejriwal Urges Centre To Increase Beds

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Delhi’s Healthcare System Crumbles Under COVID Ons
Over the past few days, the cases of coronavirus in the national capital have been spiking at a "mind-boggling" rate, along with the COVID-19 fatality rate which is also on the rise. On Tuesday, 83 deaths were reported in Delhi, while 85 lives were lost on Wednesday. According to the Health Department data, 459 deaths were reported between November 6-11.

In terms of COVID-19 cases, records tumble on Wednesday with Delhi recording the biggest single-day spike of Coronavirus cases at 8,593. State Health Department data show, 43,322 cases were reported between November 6-11.

Over the last 24 hours, of the 64,121 samples tested, 13.40% were found infected, which is almost three times the national average of 4.2%. Delhi currently has 42,629 active cases, of which 8,497 patients are admitted in other hospitals, 825 in COVID Care Centres and 279 in COVID Health Centres, While 24,435 patients are under home isolation.

But in view of all this, the shortage of beds is likely in hospitals across Delhi for treatment of Coronavirus. As per latest statistics, Delhi has a total of 16,586 hospital beds, of which only 7,971 are vacant and this number is less than the daily coronavirus caseload which  can create a frightening situation.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has requested the central government to provide 1,092 beds including 300 ICU beds to deal with the rapid surge in coronavirus cases, which is projected to climb to around 12,000 per day by November-end.

Every fourth person in the country's capital has been hit by the coronavirus. According to the Delhi government’s serological survey conducted in October, as many as 15,000 people had developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, which has not changed significantly as compared to the September survey.

The Delhi government on Wednesday presented the latest report before the High Court. During the hearing, the HC lambasted the Delhi government for its laxity, saying Delhi was “hands down beating” Maharashtra and Kerala in the number of daily COVID-19 cases. When the numbers are decreasing in all the states, then why numbers are rising only in your state? Either you there is no control or there is lack of control."

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