Delhi Govt prepared for any Covid situation: CM

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Delhi Govt prepared for any Covid situation: CM

Saturday, 01 April 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that Delhiites don’t need to worry about the recent surge in Covid cases, as the Government is prepared for any eventuality.  The Chief Minister said that there are 7,986 beds for Covid patients ready in Delhi hospitals and only 66 have been occupied. He further said that the Government has sufficient oxygen cylinders. Addressing reporters after chairing a review meeting on the Covid situation in Delhi, Kejriwal said there was no need to worry for now and that the city Government was taking all required steps.

“Three deaths have been reported over the last four-five days. In all three patients, co-morbidities were very severe and it has been assessed that the fatality was due to co-morbidities and perhaps Covid was incidental, but one can’t say that”, he said.

“The Delhi Government is keeping an eye on the Covid-19 situation and it is prepared to face any eventuality”, he said. Kejriwal said genome sequencing of all samples that returned Covid-positive results was being conducted to quickly identify new variants, if any.

The XBB.1.16 is the predominant variant at present, accounting for 48 per cent of all positive cases. It spreads rapidly but is not severe at all, he said. On the vaccination front, Kejriwal said all adults in Delhi had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while all eligible people below the age of 18 had been given the second dose. He added that all Delhi Government hospitals had been directed to maintain isolation wards for Covid patients.

“We have enough beds, ambulances, sufficient oxygen and storage capacity as of now,” he said.  “We have 7,986 Covid beds. These include oxygen beds, ventilator beds and ICU beds. Only 66 are occupied as of now,” he added.

In response to a query on regulations related to the use of masks, Kejriwal added that no new guidelines had come from the Centre and, “as and when we will receive it, we will take action accordingly”. “We had also conducted testing of samples drawn from sewage and, till mid-February, the Covid positivity result was zero. But in the last 15 days, some samples have turned out positive,” he said.

“On March 15, the daily case count was 42 and in 15 days it jumped to 295,” Kejriwal said. Of the three deaths reported in the last few days, two patients were not residents of Delhi, he added.

The Government has sufficient capacity to conduct RT-PCR tests. Government labs have the capacity to conduct 4,000 tests a day while up to a lakh tests per day can be done at private facilities, he added. At the airport, random testing is being conducted on two per cent of the passengers, Kejriwal said. Delhi recorded 295 fresh  cases on Thursday with a positivity of 12.48 per cent, according to data shared by the Health Department. On Wednesday, the city had logged 300 cases, the first time since August 31, while the positivity had mounted to 13.89 per cent. Two Covid-related deaths were also reported on Wednesday.

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