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

1,500-Bed Facilities With Oxygen Backup To Be Opened In Delhi Tomorrow

1,500-Bed Facilities With Oxygen Backup To Be Opened In Delhi Tomorrow

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.

"The Delhi government has asked the Indian government to immediately increase the oxygen quota for Delhi", Sisodia, who is also the nodal officer for Covid-19 management in Delhi, wrote on Twitter.

The chief minister said Delhi had reported 25,500 new cases on Sunday-another record- and the positivity rate had jumped to 30% from 24% in a single day.

'We are making all efforts at our level.

"If it worsens we will take whatever steps are needed in the next few days to save your lives", he added, hinting at the possibility of extending the lockdown, which emptied the streets on Saturday. Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking his intervention to increase the number of beds in central government hospitals for Covid patients.

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"We are running out of ICU beds and all included we have less than 100 left at present".

There are just 37 ventilator beds and 58 ICU beds without ventilators available in Delhi at present. "I spoke to home minister Amit Shah today and had spoken to (health minister) Harsh Vardhan yesterday". The cases are rising very fast. "It would help us if the beds are increased to 7,000", he said.

"There are a total of 10,000 beds in Delhi including that of the Central government". I request the Central government to reserve at least 7,000 beds for Covid patients. "Oxygen beds will also be arranged in Yamuna Sports complex, Common Wealth Games Village Sports Complex, Radha Soami Satsang Beas and many schools that are being attached with hospitals". "It is also arranging high flow oxygen beds for the patients", Kejriwal additionally told reporters.

The move comes after Delhi government requested the Railways to deploy COVID-care coaches in two stations. The national capital is now under a weekend curfew that ends on Monday at 5 am.

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