Covid admissions peak at 46k: Experts | Latest Delhi News
Contrary to the Delhi government’s estimate of around 64,000 beds in November-December, the city administration said on Monday that experts suggested that the maximum bed requirement, even in the worst-case scenario for the current wave of Covid-19, could go up to 46,000 beds.
Lt. Gov. Anil Baijal chaired a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday to review the city’s preparedness for the Covid-19 outbreak across the country. During the meeting, the state health department, after input from experts, presented five scenarios for increasing the number of Covid-19 beds in the city.
By keeping the percentage of Covid-19 positive patients requiring hospitalization at 5%, the government has estimated that 13,800 beds would be needed if daily cases hit 30,000. This scenario will include 8,400 oxygen beds and 5,400 beds intensive care units.
The second scenario is if the daily cases reach 40,000, when the estimated number of hospitalizations will be 2,000 and the total number of beds required will be 18,400 (11,200 oxygen beds and 7,200 intensive care beds) .
The third scenario estimates 50,000 daily cases, 2,500 hospitalizations and a target of 23,000 beds (14,000 oxygen beds and 9,000 intensive care beds). The fourth has 75,000 cases, which will require 34,500 beds.
The final and worst-case scenario sees Delhi add 100,000 cases per day, with 5,000 hospitalizations, which will see the city need 46,000 beds.
Reports seen by HT showed that at present Delhi had 31,695 Covid beds ready on Monday, of which 9,844 were intensive care beds.
The authorities’ immediate objective is to increase this number to 37,000 beds, of which 10,594 will be those in intensive care units. “The DDMA is convinced that this goal is almost achieved now. All of these beds are oxygen beds. On the current trend, experts have suggested Delhi may only need 46,000 Covid beds, but we have a plan ready even for 50,000 beds and 64,000 beds, the detailed plan for which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had already announced on November 30 last year, ”said a senior government official.
Even as more than 1,200 Delhi health workers have tested positive for the virus in the past 10 days, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said nearly 200,000 workers were ready to do so. in the face of the Covid outbreak in the capital.