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'Less than 100 ICU beds left, positivity rate at 30%'; Delhi CM Kejriwal requests Centre for more beds

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal held a press conference and showed the scary picture of what the national capital is witnessing. Kejriwal said that Delhi is left with less than 100 ICU Beds.

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New Delhi, First Published Apr 18, 2021, 1:10 PM IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday gave an update on the Covid-19 situation in the national capital. "There is a shortage of ICU beds in Delhi. Less than 100 vacant. There is a shortage of oxygen too," CM Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal said," Positivity rate has increased from 24% to 30% in last 24 hours. Spoke to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan yesterday and Amit Shah ji this morning regarding lack of beds and informed them that we're in dire need of more oxygen supply."

Meanwhile, he said there are a total of 10,000 beds in Delhi, including those given by the central government. Arvind Kejriwal said of these beds, 1,800 beds currently reserved for Covid patients.

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.

The Commonwealth Games Village, Yamuna Sports complex, Radha Swami Satsang Baes, and some schools will be converted into facilities for Covid-19 patients in Delhi. Besides, 6,000 new beds are expected in the coming days.

The AAP-led Delhi government is desperately trying to scale up the number of available beds as the Capital struggles to cope with an exponential rise in new infections.

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.

Apart from the unprecedented rise in new cases on Saturday, the national capital has also registered 167 deaths in a day.

The fresh jump in Covid-19 cases has taken the active caseload in Delhi to 69,799.

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