On Wednesday, Delhi tested over 54,000 samples for Covid-19, setting a new record for the highest number of tests in a unmarried day in the national capital, as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on the day sought suggestions from state government hospitals on increasing the number of beds, particularly in intensive care units.
With 4,093 new infections on Wednesday — the highest single-day spike ever recorded in the city, the complete number of cases in the city also crossed the 200,000-mark.
In Wednesday’s assembly with state health officials, Kejriwal also took inventory of the city’s testing strategy, after which the state health branch issued an order that removed the need for a prescription to receive tested for Covid-19. He urged all government officers, doctors and health care workers to encourage as many of us as conceivable to receive tested.
As per Wednesday’s day by day health bulletin, 54,517 samples were tested for Covid-19. Of these, 11,101 tests were conducted the usage of the RT-PCR method — a record number for tests that are regarded as ‘gold standard’ for Covid-19.
“Whether any hospital is experiencing any issues, they may be able to directly reach me and I can extend all conceivable help in this regard,” Kejriwal told medical superintendents of Delhi government hospitals all over the assembly, according to an official familiar with the matter.
He directed all medical superintendents to further fortify facilities in government hospitals. “Increasing the number of beds in hospitals used to be also discussed. But, it used to be concluded that there used to be no instant wish to augment the number of committed Covid beds in Delhi since over 8,500 beds were vacant as on Wednesday. To make certain, the chief minister has asked all medical superintendents to propose ways in which beds can also be increased — with a focus on ICU and ventilator beds,” a senior government official, who asked not to be named, said on condition of anonymity.
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Of the 14,212 Covid hospital beds in the city as on Wednesday evening according to the Delhi Corona app, over 8,500 were vacant on Wednesday. Alternatively, over half the Covid-19 ICU beds in the city were occupied.
After the assembly, special secretary (health) Udit Prakash Rai issued an order simplifying testing in the Capital, and encouraging more people to receive tested.
“In continuation of more than a few measures undertaken by the Delhi government to augment Covid-19 testing and to make sure that it is more accessible than ever, it has been determined that henceforth there will be no requirement of a prescription from a qualified medical practitioner for Covid-19 testing in Delhi,” the order read.
Cases in Delhi rose swiftly through May and June, and started dropping by the end of June. After a stable drop in cases for around three weeks (the seven-day average of day by day cases dropped to 983 as on August 4), new cases hit an upward trajectory mid-August. As on Wednesday, there are 201,174 cases in the city. Delhi had, as on Wednesday, recorded an average 3,086 cases a day over the last seven days.
Kejriwal on Wednesday also directed heads of all private labs in Delhi against denying anybody a Covid-19 test. He also directed ambulance products and services that no calls from patients be refused and that patients be transferred to hospitals whether needed, as soon as conceivable.
“The Corona app will have to display all information regarding the number of beds and ventilators well-within time to prevent panic among patients. Officers will have to make sure that all state and central government SOPs be enforced strictly, and there will have to be no complacency regarding the same,” the chief minister said at the assembly.