Covid-appropriate behaviour is indispensable to our fight against covid-19. This includes wearing masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and being socially distanced. Any complacency in this regard is detrimental to us: Satyendar Jain
- Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in the entire country including Delhi, and the pace of spread of the virus does not seem to be slowing down: Satyendar Jain
- The Kejriwal-led government is continuously increasing the designated beds, which have been increased from 6 thousand to 13 thousand, and more beds are being coonsistemtly increased: Satyendar Jain
- Corona patients should be admitted to the hospital only at the advice of the doctor, people who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic should avoid hospitalization: Satyendar Jain
- People can check the number of beds on the Delhi Corona app before going to the hospital, and may also take help of the helpline number to do so: Satyendar Jain
- We are working closely with the Central Government, the Center has been requested to increase the Covid designated beds in hospitals: Satyendar Jain
- If non-sick people occupy beds, no space will be left for the severely sick. Go to the hospital in case of dire need: Satyendar Jain
- Despite the steady increase in cases, the fatality rate has substantially reduced. In November 2020 it was between 2-3%, but has now dropped down to less than 0.5%: Satyendar Jain
- Delhi is conducting more than twice the tests being conducted in any city. More than 1 lakh tests are being carried out, from which 70% is RT-PCR – Satyendar Jain
- This is a time of crisis and everyone has to come together to defeat the virus. Wear a mask, and avoid unnecessary movement- Satyendar Jain
NEW DELHI: Delhi Health Minister, Shri Satyendar Jain on Wednesday stated that covid-appropriate behaviour is indispensable to our fight against covid-19. This includes wearing masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and being socially distanced. Any complacency in this regard can prove to be detrimental. He stated that despite the steady increase in cases, the fatality rate has reduced substantially. When compared with last year in November, the fatality rate was somewhere between 2-3%, however, currently, the rate is less than 0.5%. The Kejriwal-led government is continuously increasing the designated beds, which have been increased from 6 thousand to 13 thousand, and more beds are being consistently increased. Shri Jain further mentioned that there hasn’t been any shortage of ventilators in hospitals. Delhi has consistently been conducting more than 1 lakh tests and its testing capacity is more than twice the number of tests being conducted in any city. More than 1 lakh tests are being carried out from which 70% is RT-PCR.
Shri. Jain took cognisance of the concerns on availability of beds and stated, “90% of people have recovered through home isolation in the past. Upon testing positive, people shouldn’t rush towards getting hospitalised. Fever, or any other mild symptom can be treated through home isolation. Until the time one is not advised by the doctor for hospitalisation, they must refrain from going to the hospitals. In case mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic patients rush to the hospitals, the ones who have been advised and are facing severe symptoms might face some problems in accessing the beds”. He stressed that there was a need to avoid unnecessary movements for sometime, and follow covid-appropriate behaviour, to fight this virus collectively. The easiest way to stop the virus is to wear a mask as it will help in containing the outbreak extensively. Shri Jain mentioned that those who have been vaccinated must not show any form of negligence, and must follow covid-appropriate behaviour.
Delhi saw 13,468 positive cases. More than 1,02,a000 tests were conducted and the positivity rate was 13.14%
Shri. Jain said, “According to the report, India saw 1,85,000 cases, which have surpassed the last peak of 99,000. In Delhi, as well as the country, the cases are steadily increasing. The trend has not slowed down yet, as the last time, wherein the number went down with each passing day. I appeal to all, that please step out only when needed and follow all covid appropriate behaviour. Please wear a mask when stepping out.”
Responding to questions surrounding the doubling rate of cases, the Minister said, “Since the past few weeks, cases are doubling in Delhi as well as the country. The cases are 13,468. Last year in November the fatality rate was somewhere between 2-3%. It is saddening because there shouldn’t be a single fatality. However, currently, the rate is less than 0.5%.”
Shri Jain added, “In the Delhi Govt app, the total bed count was 6000 one week ago. Now, the count is more than 13000. Orders have been given to escalate the beds. We are increasingly adding more beds. I can assure you that the number of beds in Delhi is double that of any state.”
Clarifying the queries surrounding ventilators, Shri. Jain said, “In the initial times when covid was encountered, ventilators were considered as a primary health tool. But the truth is that a ventilator is the last resort. There are many levels before that, namely medication, home isolation, administering oxygen, HFNO, Bi-pap, etc. There are a number of ventilator beds and if there’s a patient occupying it, then it is shown as engaged in the app. But there is no shortage of ventilators.”
On being questioned about the authenticity of the data on the app, The Hon’ble Minister said, “A close watch on the updation of numbers is being maintained. The data is at least revised twice on a daily basis on the app. It has been observed that Lok Nayak Hospital is hospitalising 70-80 new patients daily. Rajeev Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital has also admitted 70 new patients in one night. That data, therefore, is updated the next day. I urge everyone to check the app, and contact the hospitals before rushing towards them. The contact details of each hospital is available on the app.”
“During the last peak, 4100 beds were available with the central government. Today the count is 1100. We have requested them to increase the beds and discussions are being held daily. The surge has been unprecedented, and the Delhi Government has ramped up the infrastructure in the hospitals. I’m sure they will too. They have not refused to do so, and are working towards it.” commented Shri. Jain.
Shri Jain added, “Covid care centres of the Delhi Government has 5525 beds out of which only 286 are occupied as of yet, directly implying that less than 5% are occupied and 95% are vacant. No city has done tests as much as the Kejriwal-led government has conducted. Delhi is consistently conducting more than 1 lakh tests. Yesterday also, 1,02,000 tests were conducted. Delhi is conducting more than twice as the tests being conducted in any city. More than 1 lakh tests are being carried out from which 70% are RT-PCR tests.”
Reiterating the fact that people who have a mild infection should refrain from being hospitalised, the Hon’ble Minister said, “In case one catches a fever, I urge them to not panic. If one is tested positive, and has mild symptoms, they shouldn’t rush towards getting hospitalised. Till the time they are not advised by a doctor, or have severe symptoms, they should refrain from admission to the hospitals. If non-sick people occupy beds, no space will be left for the severely sick. I appeal to you all to only go to the Hospital when you feel the need.”
Responding to the query surrounding the delay in reports of testing, Shri. Jain said, “There are two kinds of testing, Rapid Antigen test, which can give results in 30 mins. If a person tests negative in this but is symptomatic, he is then recommended for an RT-PCR test. Most reports are being made available in 24 hours. In case there are any complaints, they will be resolved very soon.”
“This is a time of crisis and everyone has to come together to defeat the virus. Any unnecessary movement like going for celebrations or gatherings, must be avoided. I urge everyone to go out of their homes only when it is needed. Even if a healthy person contracts the virus, or is asymptomatic, they must not forget that they can be carriers of the virus to their families and friends, who might be highly vulnerable to the virus. Moreover, following covid appropriate behaviour is imperative to fight this virus. The most effective way to be protected from the virus is by wearing a mask. The easiest way to contain the virus from spreading is to wear a mask. Even those who have been vaccinated should wear a mask and follow precautions, and shouldn’t show any negligence in this regard.” clarified Shri. Jain on lockdown rumours.