Delhi situation ‘unprecedented’, new cases could hit 500/million: Niti Aayog
NEW DELHI: An "unprecedented situation" has emerged in Delhi, which could worsen in coming weeks with Covid-19 cases rising to 500 cases per million population from around 361 currently, according to a Niti Aayog assessment highlighting violation of Covid norms during the festive season.
In view of a possible surge, the Centre has suggested urgently increasing bed capacity in Delhi, particularly ICU beds to around 6,431, to handle the rise to 500 cases per million. Currently, Delhi has 3,491 ICU beds of which 88% are occupied. The assessment was presented to a meeting convened by home minister Amit Shah and attended by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior central and state officials on Sunday.
Some of the 12 decisions taken have begun to roll out. Doctors and paramedical staff started arriving in Delhi on Monday to boost manpower at city hospitals treating Covid-19 cases, while 10,000 additional RT-PCR tests are set to augment the daily testing capacity starting Tuesday.
Guidelines on plasma therapy for treatment of Covid-19 patients, based on recommendations of a committee headed by Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul, will be issued on Tuesday, sources told TOI. While 10,000 additional RT-PCR tests will take testing to around 28,000-29,000 a day, more will be added in a phased manner over the next few days as these tests are to be doubled.
“An unprecedented situation has emerged in Delhi and this is likely to become worse in the coming weeks,” Dr Paul said in the presentation. The estimates show there are around 9,839 isolation beds in Delhi with oxygen support. The Centre has suggested increasing this capacity to at least 10,630 to be able to tackle the current surge.
Around 75 central paramilitary doctors and 250 paramedics are being flown in from various states — Assam, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan — to Delhi and some have already arrived, the home ministry official said.
Why not impose a lockdown for couple of weeks to bring the situation under control! Several European countries are doing the same.
ban on Diwali was imposed giving the cause it will increase pollution which will increase Covid to spread rapidly.
Sunil The Thinker
Put on masks whensoever you step out of your houses and don't try to be like Donald Trump or else you will end up like him...If President Of The United States can get contracted with Covid-19 so who are you???
AAP thinks high of themselves and blames Modi and the Central Government for anything and everything.
total lockdown for a month in and around Delhi is the only solution.
India was hosting Namaste Trump when all African countries shut down their airports in February
Sunil The Thinker
People have taken Covid-19 very lightly...People have stopped putting on masks as they would do on the outset of the pandemic in March...everyone is trying to be like Donald Trump but remember one thing you will also end up like Trump
Strict lockdown at 300 cases and nothing now. Hahaha
imposing strict lockdown is the only solution
People are highly irresponsible. 90 % people in markets are not wearing masks, and social distancing is completely gone. With such indiscipline, cases are expected to rise, and people are losing their loved one's. Also there should be steep penalty on those not wearing masks.
No more lockdown under the garb of this virus. Why to kill economy when deaths r around 100 per day in Delhi. Delhi has more than 25 Million densely populated. So 100 deaths per day average is just nothing comparing to birth taking place in thousands daily. Don't kill economy by lockdown to murder lacs of humans out of job, no money etc.
Even African countries did a better job while all their airports were shut down in February after the Egypt Surge.
India was busy hosting Namaste Trump
Santosh Kumar D
Common sense is not so common - people are stupid
Santosh Kumar D
What can any state or central go nment do when people are behaving like stupids - not care for masks or social distancing - then they suffer equally.
When things get out of control ,unmanageable Kejriwal will quietly disown responsibility and pass the buck on to Central govt and later criticize it for mismanagement and co ption. Delhi citizens will swallow it and reelect him as CM for another term for his great escape act!
It will need a consternated effort from the Central Govt, the state Govt and cooperation from the people to tackle effectively the pandemic in Delhi and NCR.
Mumbai should take immediate steps to quarantine incoming passengers from Delhi!