Crematoriums Full, More Children Infected: Delhi’s Health Infrastructure Worried As Covid Touches Record

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Covid cases are rising unexpectedly in the national capital with cases reaching record high due to infectious strain. As per the records, Delhi on Wednesday marked the biggest single-day jump in its COVID-19 tally with 17,282 new cases, while over 100 people died.

The primary problem that health centres are facing for the increasing number of patients is proper infrastructure. “There are no ICU beds available in most big hospitals, both public or private. There is no sign of the outbreak ebbing either,” a senior doctor at AIIMS stated. The doctor also added that if the daily cases kept on rising like this, then Delhi’s health infrastructure may collapse soon.

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The high infections in the national capital have led Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to call a meeting with Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday to decide proper measures to curb the virus spread are expected to be discussed. Health Minister Satyendar Jain announced that Covid-19 cases are rising very rapidly in the national capital and “there is no slowdown”.

At present, Delhi has 50,736 active cases out of which almost half of them are under home quarantine. According to the researches, there are 163 ventilator beds available across Delhi, while the number of beds without a ventilator is 452.

“AIIMS Trauma Centre is running full. We have started a new ward in the burns ward and that too is almost full. We plan to add a few more beds,” Dr Rajesh Malhotra, chief of the centre reportedly said.

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He also stated that many young patients aged 45 years or less were getting admitted with severe symptoms. “People aren’t getting beds in hospitals. That’s why even those with moderate to severe symptoms are being managed at home through tele and video consultation. There should be some mechanism to avail the necessary medications for such patients,” another doctor said.