Delhi Corona -- app to track vacant hospital beds, ventilators for COVID-19 patients launched
The app will be updated updated twice during the day at 10 am and 6 pm, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched an app named ''Delhi Corona'' that will give information to COVID-19 patients about the availability of beds and ventilators in private and government hospitals. This comes as the national capital is witnessing a rapid surge in cases.
Kejriwal said the app would fill the information gap that exists regarding availability of facilities available for novel coronavirus patients. "There are many places where coronavirus has spread in a big way. There were shortage of beds, ventilators and ICU, leading to a large number of deaths," he said in an online briefing.
"In Delhi, cases are increasing, but we have made sufficient arrangements," the Chief Minister said.
According to Kejriwal, 6,731 beds are available in private and government hospitals, out of which 4,100 are vacant.
"People are not aware about it," he said. "We are launching an app today and it has details of all the beds available at private and government hospitals." It will be updated updated twice during the day at 10 am and 6 pm, he added.
The Delhi Corona app doesn't require any registration to access the information. The app also provides features such as a self-assessment tool, guidelines, and important helplines to people.
It also includes links to services such as ration, e-pass, and hunger/ shelter relief centres. One can also view containment zones and even access the Delhi government's coronavirus helpline on WhatsApp directly through the Delhi Corona app.
Kejriwal said if the app showed that a bed was available at a hospital but the facility refuses admission, the patient could call the government helpline number 1031 and register a complaint. The Health Department special secretary will ensure that a person gets a bed, he said.
"Only 2,600 people needed to be admitted at hospital out of more than 20,000 patients," he said. "If the hospital tells you that can be treated at home, please listen to them."
The government has deployed a team that will be in touch with the patients during home isolation and, if they become serious, it will ensure that they get a bed.
According to the Health Ministry data on Tuesday morning, India reported 8,171 novel coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the country past 1.98 lakh. This is the fifth consecutive 24-hour period in which over 7,000 fresh infections have been reported and third consecutive time that more than 8,000 COVID-19 cases have been detected in a day.
At least 204 deaths were reported in 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 5,598. India is now the worst-affected Asian country and the seventh most affected worldwide.
Delhi crossed the 20,000-mark on Monday night to remain third on the list of affected states; behind Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.