Dire need of beds, oxygen’: India’s capital under siege from COVID-19
In the Indian capital, New Delhi, there have been 25,500 corona virus cases reported in 24 hours, with nearly one in three being tested, and its prime minister urging the federal government to provide additional hospital beds to deal with the crisis Has urged.
Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday, the city with a population of more than 20 million has less than 100 complex maintenance beds, and people on social media have been flooded with complaints of lack of beds, oxygen cylinders and drugs.
“The big concern is that the positive rate has increased from 24% to almost 30% in the last 24 hours … Cases are increasing very rapidly. Beds are filling up fast,” he said. Kejriwal at a press conference.
In a separate statement, the city government said it had reported “excessive demand for beds and oxygen” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal administration and beds are now being arranged in schools.
New Delhi, which imposed curfew over the weekend, is one of the worst-hit cities in India, where the second-largest wave of corona virus infection is eroding health infrastructure.
Nationwide, 261,500 new cases were reported in India on Sunday, with a total of about 14.8 million reported cases, with more than 31 million infections reported, second only to the United States. COVID-19 left the country at 1,501, bringing the total to 177,150.
As cases are rising across India, criticism is mounting about how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has handled the health crisis as thousands of people regularly attend religious ceremonies and election rallies.
Despite local restrictions in some areas, the financial centers of New Delhi and the home state of Maharashtra, Mumbai, the Government of India has removed all of the previous year’s locks in early 2021.
While Mumbai is under curfew all day as per state regulations, New Delhi has allowed theaters to operate at 30% capacity and people can roam on working days.
“There is no other option, other than to shut down Delhi for 1-2 weeks,” said Ambareesh Mital, the hospital’s chief physician of endocrinology and diabetes at Max Healthcare.
“The situation is unbearable at the moment,” he said on Twitter.
Amidst the news of acute shortage of oxygen supply and important medicines like antiviral drug Remedisvir, Modi on Saturday called on the authorities to pull out all the stops to boost the production of vaccines. He asked his committees to work with COVID-19 and local governments. .
But opposition parties, including the Congress, criticized Modi for responding to major election rallies to help his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win state assembly elections in the eastern state of West. Bengal
Addressing a large gathering of his supporters in West Bengal on Saturday, Modi said, “I see a collective sea, I have never seen such a rally.”
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) party in the capital New Delhi has made fun of Modi’s political rallies by posting pictures of the city’s mass cremation on social media.
Former minister Yashwant Sinha, who broke away from the BJP, said on Twitter, “I was agitated against him (Modi’s comments). He said he was not sensitive.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi – who has been speaking at election rallies in recent weeks – said he postponed his public rallies in West Bengal on Sunday.
The government’s home minister and Modi’s close aide Amit Shah attended a state election rally on Sunday with thousands of people, some of whom followed social boycott standards according to a video on their Twitter account.
Apart from the crisis, at least five Corona virus patients died in the fire on Saturday in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.