New Delhi: Amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the city, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered for an immediate procurement of 1,200 BiPAP machines for the new ICU beds being added in the national capital this week, an official said on Tuesday.

He said the move will allow immediate operationalisation of the new ICU beds.

A total of 1,200 BiPAP machines will be procured immediately from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the official said.

“Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal orders immediate procurement of 1200 BiPAP machines for new ICU beds in the national capital. The BiPAP machines will be procured immediately from CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) on nomination basis,” a statement from CMO read.

On Monday, Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain attributed the high Covid-19 death rate in the city to the pollution caused by stubble-burning and said he expects a downtrend in the next two-three weeks.

The city recorded 4,454 fresh Covid-19 cases and a positivity rate of 11.94%on Monday, while 121 more fatalities pushed the death toll due to the disease to 8,512 in the city.