Increase oxygen supply to Delhi: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia urges Centre

Lawrence Kim
April 19, 2021

Information is being received from some hospitals that they have a stock of oxygen left for a very limited time.

Kejriwal also requested Prime Minister Modi that at least 7,000 central government hospital beds out of the 10,000 in Delhi be reserved for COVID-19 patients.

Delhi's positivity rate continued its upward climb with 30 per cent of those tested over the past 24 hours testing positive for Covid-19, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. Amid escalating cases of COVID-19 in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said lockdown is "not an option" but some restrictions will be put in place in the national capital which is reeling under the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

CM Kejriwal met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and other top officials on Monday (April 19) told hold discussions over COVID-19 situation in Delhi and it seems the decision to impose curfew in the national capital was taken during the meeting. The major concern is the positivity rate that has increased to 30% from 24% in the last 24 hours. The beds are getting exhausted very quickly.

"The situation is grim and worrisome", he added, highlighting shortages of oxygen and Remdesivir, the anti-viral drug widely used to combat coronavirus.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister said that less than 100 ICU beds are available in the national capital where over 25,500 new cases have been reported. "It would help us if the beds are increased to 7,000", he said. In Delhi, we are now left with less than 100 ICU beds. I had a conversation with Union Home Minister Amit Shah ji over the phone today morning.

"There are a total of 10,000 beds in Delhi including that of the Central government. I request for immediate supply of oxygen", explained Kejriwal. At our level, we are arranging around 6,000 oxygen beds in the next few says. "A large number of patients are being admitted to hospitals and we are falling short of ICU beds". On Saturday, this figure was around 24 per cent. The national capital is now under a weekend curfew that ends on Monday at 5 am.

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