Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that he was personally monitoring the COVID-19 situation to ensure Delhi is well equipped for any incoming threat related to the Omicron variant.
Mr. Kejriwal chaired a high-level meeting with all relevant authorities to review the city’s readiness for the new threat and the readiness to deal with it.
âToday I held a meeting with all relevant departments to discuss and assess the preparations and took note of the state of the available facilities,â Kejriwal said in a digital briefing.
Beds, oxygen supply
He said: âThe discussion revolved around the number of beds available, the number of extra beds needed, rates and testing requirements, oxygen needs, immunization status, critical care needs, manpower. work, etc.
Regarding beds, he said the bed capacity in hospitals was increased to 25,106 during the second wave of COVID in May 2021. The government has now planned 30,000 oxygen beds, of which around 10,000 are intensive care beds.
In addition, he said 6,800 intensive care beds will be ready by February 2022, which will bring the capacity of intensive care beds to around 17,000. On top of that, he said the government has planned its preparations so as to be able to set up 100 oxygen beds in each municipal district with two weeks’ notice.
âThus, for 270 services, 27,000 oxygen beds can be fitted out in the short term. That brings us to a total of 63,800 beds, which we have prepared or are in the process of preparing. All the manpower that will be needed for this is currently being trained, âhe said.
âThere are 32 types of drugs needed to treat patients with COVID-19. A two-month buffer stock of these drugs is being ordered to avoid a shortage. Home isolation arrangements are also being actively taken, âhe said.
To deal with the problems of oxygen storage and distribution, Kejriwal said, the government built additional 442 MT storage facilities as well as PSA factories to produce oxygen within the state. and not depend on external supply.
âOver 120 tonnes of oxygen are produced in Delhi. That way we will avoid the oxygen crisis we faced in the second wave, âhe said.
âPreviously, the spare capacity to store oxygen, in addition to oxygen cylinders with pre-existing beds, was not present in Delhi. To solve this problem, 6000 empty D-type bottles were imported from China to supply the beds with oxygen as needed. Thanks to this, oxygen beds can be set up very easily in non-hospital areas, âhe added.
According to Kejriwal, the current vaccination status in Delhi was “good” with 93% of its residents having received their first dose and 57% having also received the second dose. He appealed to citizens whose second dose was to manifest and complete their vaccination.
âI hope that the Omicron virus does not affect India and that a third wave will be avoided. But in the unfortunate event that we have to face it again, we are ready, âhe said.
The Delhi government has decided to step up testing at IGI airport, the chief minister said. Passengers are screened in accordance with Indian government guidelines, but from December 1 new guidelines will be implemented.
These include testing, isolation and quarantine of passengers.
“Passengers will not have any inconvenience to take the test report and mobile vans will be placed to test and deliver the reports to them on time so that passengers do not have to stay at the airport for a long time,” the minister said in chief.
34 new infections
Meanwhile, the capital has reported no new COVID-19-related deaths in 24 hours and the total death toll stood at 25,098, according to a bulletin released by the Delhi government on Tuesday. Thirty-four new cases were reported, bringing the total number of cases to 14,40,934.
A total of 46,800 tests were performed in one day and the test positivity rate (TPR) was 0.07%.
Of the total cases, 14 15,549 people have recovered and there are 287 active cases.