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Almost 24,000 new cases in Delhi; run out of beds, oxygen: CM Kejriwal | India News


NEW DELHI: Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal raised red flags on Saturday over the deteriorating Covid situation in the national capital and said his government is ready to take all necessary steps to save lives.
Reporting on the Covid situation in the national capital, Kejriwal said that Delhi has reported a record 24,000 cases in the last 24 hours.
The AAP chief expressed concern about the overwhelming healthcare system due to a sharp increase in hospitalizations, adding that Delhi is running out of beds and oxygen.
“Delhi has a limited number of ICU beds. Oxygen and ICU beds are drastically decreasing. We are taking various measures to increase the capacity of the beds,” Kejriwal said.
He said that compared to 4,100 beds in November, the Center has provided just 1,800 beds amid the second wave underway.
“I expect we will add 6,000 beds in two to three days. No one knows when the peak will come … I asked Dr. Harsh Vardhan to reserve 50% of the beds for Covid patients,” he said.
Without explicitly mentioning a blockade, Kejriwal said his government will take the necessary measures if the situation deteriorates.
“We will closely monitor the situation for a few days. If the situation deteriorates, we will take the necessary measures to save their lives,” he said.
The Delhi prime minister had previously ruled out the closure in the national capital.
However, the Delhi government has imposed a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am, as well as a weekend closure.
Delhi has witnessed a sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the second wave of the pandemic.
On Friday, Delhi had added a record 19,486 cases to its tally along with 141 deaths.

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