Kejriwal accepts COVID death toll in Delhi increased due to lack of beds
While sharing how Delhi has prepared five weapons to fight COVID-19, CM Kejriwal ended up accepting that COVID deaths in the national capital had increased due to lack of beds.
During Unlock One, the COVID deaths in Delhi have witnessed a sudden surge. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government has swung into action to reduce the COVID death toll and adopted a five-pronged approach or “weapons” to fight the pandemic. On Saturday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal while sharing these “five weapons” ended up accepting that due to the surge in COVID cases, the national capital witnessed lack of beds, which led to an increase in the death toll.
“When the lockdown was lifted, it was expected that corona cases would increase. But the cases surged much higher pace than expected. In the first week of June, in Delhi, we started to witness lack of beds, lack of testing,” Delhi CM Kejriwal said while addressing the digital briefing.
“And due to lack of beds, a chunk of patients didn’t get beds. This led to an increase in the death toll,” he accepted.
Kejriwal said that at this juncture the government has only two options – reinforce lockdown or fight COVID-19. He further added that the public was of the opinion that a lockdown is not a permanent solution, and hence Delhi decided to wage war on the pandemic.
It is important to note that the AAP government has always maintained that Delhi has enough beds to cater to the current COVID patients. The ramp-up in the COVID health infrastructure is being done keeping in view the surge in cases and the projections till July 31.
For the first time, Delhi CM Kejriwal has accepted that the national capital was witnessing lack of beds and testing and that the dearth in infrastructure led to an increase in the death toll.
The lockdown was lifted on June 1, and after completion of three weeks of Unlock One, the death toll in the national capital had surged by nearly 400 per cent.
On Saturday, CM Kejriwal said that the Delhi government is combating the pandemic with "five weapons": by increasing the number of beds for COVID-19 patients, increasing testing rate, providing oximeters and oxygen cylinders to patients in home isolation, plasma therapy treatement, and through survey and screening.
In the past month, the number of beds has been raised significantly in hospitals and now there is no lack of beds. Out of 13,500 available, 7,500 are vacant, he said.
Delhi is currently conducting over 22,000 tests for COVID-19 on a daily basis. CM Kejriwal said that a serological survey has started to ascertain the level of COVID-19 spread in the national capital.