Delhi: Rising Covid-19 Situation And Scarcity Of Beds In Hospital Mounts Criticism

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The rising cases of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 and scarcity of hospital beds in Delhi gained a lot of criticism in the past week. 

Delhi, which has the Highest number of COVID-19 cases after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu is fast running out of hospital beds.

Many emergency cases are being denied admission in hospitals due to the lack of ICU and general beds for patients. 

The citizens of Delhi criticised the Delhi Government for re opening malls, worship places and restaurants without any prior medical facilities preparation.

Some families of people infected with COVID-19 have complained about having to hunt for beds for their relatives after hospitals turned them away.

A few patients suffering from the deadly Coronavirus infection said patients were left unattended in corridors of the State run hospitals, while local media reports of dead bodies. 

A lawmaker of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, who wished to be anonymous, said, I don’t think we (AAP) expected that cases would rise this much.” He further said, “We were so over confident.”

The situation gained criticism as Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, assured and said Delhi is well prepared to face rise in the COVID-19 cases. He said the City’s hospitals are well equipped to fight the virus as the lockdown had given authorities enough time to prepare.   He ended his statement and said, “Delhi will win, coronavirus will lose.”

Despite such confidence and well prepared hospitals, patients are asking for help after the State run hospitals denied beds and treatment.

Recently, Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi said, if the numbers continue to increase, Delhi would witness 5.5 lakh cases of the Coronavirus till the end of the July. 

On the 15th of June a government mobile app, launched by AAP to keep a track of beds availability, showed that of Delhi’s 9,940 COVID-19 beds, almost 5,500 were occupied. 

According to the app out of the total, only 5,500 were occupied and remaining are available for patients.

However, when called the hospitals refused availability and said they are running out of beds. 

Out of the 108 private and public hospitals listed in the app, 25 had no beds available.

Meanwhile, Delhi currently has 44,688 cases of the Novel Coronavirus.  Out of the total, only 16,500 are recovered/discharged and 26,351 are active cases. 

Fatalities due to the Novel Coronavirus stand at 1,837 till the 17th of June. 

Stay tuned for further updates. 


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