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Delhi situation ‘unprecedented’, new cases could reach 500 / million: Niti Aayog | India News

NEW DELHI: An “unprecedented situation” has emerged in Delhi, which could worsen in the coming weeks with Covid-19 cases increasing to 500 cases per million inhabitants from around 361 currently, according to an assessment by Niti Aayog that highlights violation of Covid rules during the holiday. season.
In view of a possible increase, the Center has suggested urgently increasing the capacity of beds in Delhi, particularly ICU beds to around 6,431, to handle the increase to 500 cases per million. Currently, Delhi has 3,491 ICU beds of which 88% are occupied. The assessment was presented at a meeting called by Interior Minister Amit Shah, which was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior central and state officials on Sunday.
Some of the 12 decisions made have started to be implemented. Doctors and paramedical personnel began arriving in Delhi on Monday to increase manpower at the city’s hospitals treating Covid-19 cases, while an additional 10,000 RT-PCR tests are scheduled to increase the capacity of daily test starting Tuesday.
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On Monday, the Home Office held consultations with DRDO and others to add ICU beds and create more beds with oxygen facilities at the 10,000-bed Covid facility served by ITBP in Chhatarpur. “We expect to add 250 beds to the DRDO hospital in about four days,” a senior Interior Ministry official told TOI.
Guidelines on plasma therapy for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, based on the recommendations of a committee headed by Niti Aayog member Dr. VK Paul, will be released on Tuesday, sources told TOI. While an additional 10,000 RT-PCR tests will bring tests to around 28,000-29,000 per day, more will be added gradually over the next few days as these tests will double.
“An unprecedented situation has emerged in Delhi and is likely to get worse in the coming weeks,” Dr. Paul said at the presentation. Estimates show that there are around 9,839 isolation beds in Delhi with oxygen support. The Center has suggested increasing this capacity to at least 10,630 in order to cope with the current increase.
About 75 central paramilitary doctors and 250 paramedics are being transferred from various states (Assam, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan) to Delhi and some have already arrived, the Interior Ministry official said.
Interestingly, the presentation said that trends in the Haryana NCR districts were similar to those in Delhi, while those in Uttar Pradesh, such as Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar, were encouraging due to the high level of evidence.
Gurgaon and Faridabad, both in Haryana, are witnessing a significant increase in cases with positivity rates around 20% and the tests performed per positive case are five. In contrast, UP NCR districts have a positivity below 5% and are conducting more than 30 tests per positive case. “This indicates a high level of testing rates, coupled with contact tracing measures at UP NCR,” Paul said in his presentation.
Officials said the serious violation of Covid’s appropriate behavior over the past weeks, while most of the people in Delhi are still susceptible to viral infection and deteriorating air quality, likely to continue until early March. , are factors that could result in more cases in the coming weeks.
Delhi’s increase to 361 cases per million population has been greater than in other metropolitan areas such as Chennai (214), Mumbai (140) and Kolkata (63), Niti Aayog’s assessment showed. In line with the increasing number of cases, the Center has recommended at least 1-1.5 lakhs of tests per day in the capital.
Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, the authorities of the Indian Council of Medical Research, DRDO, the Delhi government and the city’s municipal corporations held separate meetings until Monday for the smooth implementation of the directives.

Times of India