With the improvement in recovery rate to nearly 80 percent, this is for the first time in July that daily case count for covid-19 patients has remained below 2000 mark for two consecutive days. Authorities have now put on hold the plan to convert stadiums into Covid care wards.
According to the latest Delhi Health Department bulletin 1,573 fresh cases of Covid-19 has been recorded in last 24 hour’s taking the tally to 1, 12,494 in the capital. On Saturday 1,781 cases were reported while the death toll mounted to 3,371 after 37 fatalities to date.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that Pulse oximeters which he termed as “suraksha kavach” (protective shields) have helped the Covid patients in Delhi to recover in home isolation. The current report showed that 89,968 patients have recovered, been discharged, or migrated so far, while there are 19,155 active cases in the city.
Now, the Delhi government has asked all the District Magistrates (DMs) to document all the initiative’s taken by them in their respective areas to control the Covid-19 situation. For instance, South Delhi District Administration has set-up the world’s largest Covid-care facilities with 10,000 beds at Sardar Patel COVID care centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas.
Similarly, in East Delhi, a 500 bed COVID care facility was set-up at Commonwealth games village, whereas in North West district railway coaches were converted into COVID care wards. The DMs have also been asked to mention the difficulties being faced by them while taking such initiatives.
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“All the DMs have been asked to make proper documentation of initiatives taken by them to deal with COVID-19 situation, the need was felt to showcase all such initiatives taken by DMs so that their efforts are reflected in documents,” an official told.
After observing a good recovery rate, Authorities have now put on hold their plan to use stadiums as COVID care facilities. Last month, a Delhi government panel, constituted by Lt Governor Anil Baijal had proposed a plan to use Pragati Maidan, Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, and JLN Stadium, Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium and Dhyanchand National Stadium for the purpose
Seeing the current situation, authorities feel that there is no need to convert stadiums into Covid care wards. It would be an unnecessary step as many patients are recovering from the virus in home isolation. Lt Governor said that if such need arises in the coming days, the district authorities will surely convert the stadiums into COVID care facilities.
“We are closely monitoring the situation. As of now, there is no need to use any stadium for COVID-19 care facility,” an official in the south district administration said. On Saturday Government stated that there has been a “Sharp decline” in daily fatality figures in the past two weeks. Kejriwal further stated that “suraksha kavach” or Pulse oximeter have played a major role in minimizing the COVID fatalities of patients under home-isolation. Delhi Government has provided pulse oximeters to all the patients undergoing home isolation.
A pulse oximeter is a device that measures blood oxygen levels. According to health guidelines, coronavirus patients need to be hospitalized if their oxygen level reaches 90 percent or below. The study of COVID-19 deaths reported has revealed that no one under home isolation has died in the first week of July. The total number of daily deaths has also shown a sharp decline in the reports showed.