*Currently, there are 2500 beds available in government hospitals and 2000 beds available in private hospitals in Delhi: CM Kejriwal*
*Around 2000 new beds have been added in 117 private hospitals, along with 2500 beds currently available in the government hospitals: CM Kejriwal*
*117 private hospitals of Delhi should save at least 20% of their beds for the treatment of Corona patients: CM Kejriwal*
*There have been 3500 new Corona cases and 2500 new recoveries in the last one week since lockdown relaxations were announced: CM Kejriwal*
*There were 13418 cases in Delhi till yesterday, out of which 6540 cases have recovered and 6617 are active cases: CM Kejriwal*
*Today, 3314 people are being treated through home isolation as against 2000 people treated in hospitals: CM Kejriwal*
*We are creating a system through which a serious Corona patient will be able to know which hospital to go to for treatment: CM Kejriwal*
*We are fully prepared to handle the Corona crisis; there is nothing to panic and worry: CM Kejriwal*
New Delhi: 25th May 2020-CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that there have been 3500 new Corona cases and around 2500 patients have recovered in the last week since the relaxations on the Corona lockdown have been announced. He also said that around 2000 new beds have been added in 117 private hospitals, along with 2500 beds currently available in the government hospitals in Delhi. Yesterday, the Delhi government had issued an order that 117 private hospitals of Delhi should save at least 20% of their beds for the treatment of Corona patients. There are currently 2000 beds available in government hospitals and 2500 beds available in private hospitals in Delhi.
Addressing a digital press conference in Delhi, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "It has been a week since some relaxations were given on May 17 and after a period of one week, I can say that the situation is under control and there is no need to worry. We had expected a sudden rise in the number of cases after the relaxations and the same has happened, but there is no need to worry. The situation will get worrisome in two cases, first, if there is a steady rise in the death rate, and second if the cases are so severe that it leads to the collapsing of our whole healthcare system. I have been saying this time and again, there should be no deaths and people should recover and go back to their homes as soon as possible. It would be a troublesome situation if the number of severe patients increases to the extent that there is a non-availability of beds, oxygen, ventilators, and other healthcare infrastructure."
CM Shri Kejriwal said that there were 13418 cases in Delhi till yesterday, out of which 6540 cases have recovered and 6617 are active cases. There have been 261 deaths.
He said that for the status of COVID dedicated hospitals in Delhi, there are 3829 beds in government COVID hospitals, out of which 3164 beds have oxygen availability. CM Kejriwal said, "I stress the term oxygen, because there is no cure to COVDI-19 currently, and there is a need to supply oxygen to severe COVID-19 patients as their respiratory rate decreases when they become infected. Only 1478 beds out of 3829 beds are currently occupied. Around 2500 beds are still unoccupied. There are 250 ventilators available in the government hospitals, out of which 11 ventilators are being currently used and around 240 remain unused."
He said that there are currently 677 beds in private hospitals, out of which 509 have been occupied. The Delhi government has issued an order yesterday, that 117 private hospitals of Delhi should save at least 20% beds for the treatment of Corona patients, which implies that around 2000 new beds have been made available in the private hospitals from today, which gives a huge convenience to people who want to be treated in private hospitals. There are currently 72 ventilators in private hospitals, out of which only 15 are being used until now.”
"Most of the new cases of COVID-19 have mild symptoms such as a mild fever and cough, and many of them are asymptomatic. These cases do not need to be admitted into the hospitals and are advised to follow home isolation. My team stays in regular touch with them and their families for monitoring their symptoms," added the CM.
CM Shri Kejriwal said, "Today, 3314 people are being treated through home isolation and around 2000 people are being treated in the hospitals. We are also preparing around 1500 beds fully equipped with oxygen facilities in GTB Hospital. This will lead to a total of 5500 beds available for Corona treatment in Delhi. We are fully prepared to handle the surge in serious cases of Corona."
Announcing the change in the number of cases in the last one week since some relaxations on Corona lockdown were given, CM Kejriwal said that there were 9755 COVID+ve patients in Delhi as on May 17, and there are 13418 cases today, which means that there has been a rise of around 3500 patients in the last week.
He said, "Around 2500 patients have also recovered in the last week, which is a positive development for Delhi. Similarly, there were 1750 patients in the hospitals on May 17, and today there are 2000 patients in the hospitals, which means that the occupancy of only 250 beds has increased in the last week."
CM Shri Kejriwal warned hospitals of serious action in case they deny treatment to any Corona positive patient. "A patient visited the private hospital a few days back because of some breathing issues, and his test was conducted two days later. When the results came out to be positive, he was denied treatment in the same private hospital because he was found to be Corona positive. Where will the patient go? No hospital can deny treatment to any patient. We have issued a show-cause notice to the private hospital. It is the responsibility of the hospital that if any patient is found to be positive, the hospital ambulance should take the patient to any private and government hospital to ensure that he is being treated," said the CM.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that a system will be developed to help people locate the hospitals for treatment. "Even when we have 2500 vacant beds in government hospitals and 2000 beds in private hospitals, people face difficulties while trying to locate the hospitals that have beds available with them. We are creating a system through which a serious Corona patient will be able to know which hospital to go to for treatment. This system will be fully developed within 2-3 days," added the CM.
CM Kejriwal said, "There has been a surge in cases, but the situation is under control as most of the cases have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. They are being treated under home isolation, and patients in hospitals are also being taken care of."