'Situation worsening': Delhi reports 25,500 new cases; CM Kejriwal seeks Centre's help


The Delhi Chief Minister has appealed to the Central Government for more beds for Covid-19 patients and additional help during the second wave of the pandemic. Of which, 1,800 beds are now reserved for Covid-19 patients. Now only 1,800 of 10,000 central government hospital beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients, he said. "In Delhi, we are now left with less than 100 ICU beds", he said.

Delhi witnessed the biggest surge in the daily COVID-19 caseload with 25,462 fresh cases and the positivity rate increased up to 29.74 per cent on Sunday (April 18).

Delhi govt asks hospitals to reserve 80% beds for Covid patientsSeparately, the Delhi government on Sunday directed all nursing homes and private hospitals providing Covid-19-related treatment in the national capital to reserve at least 80 per cent of their ICU and ward bed capacity for coronavirus patients.

"The situation is grim and worrisome", he added, highlighting shortages of oxygen and Remdesivir, the anti-viral drug widely used to combat coronavirus. There is a scarcity of COVID-19 beds and oxygen. "We are also trying on our side, but we need your help". Also, to provide health services, the Army Central Command was also being contacted. "I would be extremely grateful if this is raised to 1,000", the Delhi CM further added in the letter.

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The Delhi government in the next 2-3 days will come up with 6,000 beds with oxygen facility at Yamuna Sports Complex, Radha Swami Satsang Beas premises and schools, Kejriwal said.

And the DRDO is also expected to set up three temporary hospitals - adding nearly 1500-2000 beds to deal with the growing number of cases.

Meanwhile, Delhi on Saturday broke its own record of highest-ever single-day tally with a jump of 24,375 new Covid-19 cases in a span of 24 hours.

Notably, Delhi is reporting more cases than any city in the world.