Increased number of Beds, Increased Testing/Isolation, Oximeters to Home Isolation Patients, Plasma Therapy trials and Survey and Screening are our five weapons to combat the COVID-19 spread in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal


  • From today, we are starting a massive serological survey in Delhi to understand the spread of COVID-19, a door-to-door survey will be done: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi govt has provided oximeters to coronavirus patients in home isolation and procured 4,000 oxygen concentrators: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We have increased testing in Delhi, from 5000 tests in the first week of June, now 20000 tests are being conducted every day: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi govt has significantly raised the number of beds for COVID-19 patients; out of 13,500 beds in hospitals, 7,500 remain vacant: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • I want to thank the Center for supporting us in Delhi’s fight against COVID-19: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Addressing a digital media briefing, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal asserted that increased number of hospital beds, increased number of testing and isolation, oximeters to home insolation patients, plasma therapy trials, and survey and screening are the five key weapons to combat the COVID-19 spread in Delhi. He also said that the Delhi government is conducting 20,000 COVID-19 tests per day and has 13,500 beds for those infected by the virus. He also said that from today, the Delhi govt is starting a massive serological survey to understand the spread of COVID-19, in which a door-to-door survey will be conducted. Delhi Chief Minister said that the Delhi government has provided oximeters to coronavirus patients in home isolation and procured 4,000 oxygen concentrators. CM Kejriwal also thanked the Central government for helping out the Delhi government in the fight against the COVID pandemic.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Delhi is fighting a tough battle against Corona. As your Chief Minister, I want to brief you on the struggles that Delhi had to face in its fight against the Corona pandemic. Our fight started in the month of March. In March, when the pandemic had spread across the globe in various nations, Indians living abroad expressed their desire to return to their homes in India. The central government took the right decision by arranging for flights for people in other countries to come back to India.”

In the month of March, as many as 35,000 Indians came to Delhi, especially from nations that had been badly hit by Coronavirus. CM Kejriwal said, “These people were screened at the airports for fever. Some were sent to RML and Safdurjung, but many were sent to their respective homes. Some people were quarantined, but more or less 35000 people were sent back to their homes. There was very little information, facts, and guidelines available on Corona. When these people went back to their homes, naturally, the Corona got transmitted to their contacts. In those days, there were no testing kits or testing labs available, testing was not done at the scale it is done today,”

“Then, the lockdown happened. Because people were at their homes all the time, Corona did not spread rapidly and the transmission rate was low. When the lockdown started lifting in the last week of May, we had anticipated a spike in the number of Corona cases. This spike in Delhi can be noticed around May 15. As we entered the month of June, the cases had increased more than expected, and we started noticing the lack of beds and testing in Delhi. Because of a lack of beds, people were not able to get the treatment and there was also a sudden spike in the death rate in Delhi. We had two options, first was reimposing the lockdown and the second was fighting Corona. On asking the people of Delhi, we came across the view that the lockdown has to be lifted someday or the other. Till when is Delhi going to remain in lockdown? The people said the lockdown can not continue indefinitely,” added the CM.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal briefed the five key weapons of the Delhi government in its fight against Corona, “It was decided that we will collectively fight a battle against Corona. Five weapons were prepared to fight a hard-hitting battle against Corona,” added the CM.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Our first step was increasing hospital beds. We noticed that people were running from hospital to hospital in search of beds. I used to receive calls late at night, and I used to be awake all night to get beds arranged for the people. I have stopped receiving calls for the last few days. In the last month, we have increased the hospital beds for the treatment of the people of Delhi on a large scale. Our first decision was reserving 40% of bed capacity for the treatment of Corona patients in all the big hospitals in Delhi. Our second decision was declaring some of the hospitals in Delhi as fully dedicated COVID hospitals. Our third decision was attaching hotels to the hospitals. If a hospital has 100 beds, the hotel attached to it will have 200 beds, and the total bed strength of the hospital will increase to 300 beds. In this way, we have increased the capacity of the hospitals. Some hotels were against it, and they went to the court to overturn our decision. We won the court case, and now 3500 beds have been installed in the hotels. Around 2000 beds have been prepared at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas Centre, and 10000 beds will soon be prepared for the treatment of Corona patients at the care centre. At the newly constructed Burari Hospital, 450 beds have been prepared for Corona treatment temporarily. In the first week of June, there were no beds available in Delhi. However, in the last week of June, there are 13500 beds in Delhi, out of which 6000 beds are occupied and 7500 remain vacant. There is no dearth in the number of beds in the government and private hospitals in the city. The Delhi government will be arranging for more beds in the coming days.”

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that the second weapon in their fight against Corona is testing and isolation. He said, “In the first week of June, we observed that people were not able to get tested accurately. Some labs were also showing inaccuracy in the results, they showed negative results positive and positive results negative. In the first week of June, we were conducting 5000 tests daily, now we are conducting 20000 tests daily. Now, we are not receiving any complaints regarding testing. We are conducting tests in every street and identifying Corona patients and isolating them. I want to thank the central government for providing antigen kits for conducting rapid testing in Delhi. We have also procured 6 lakh kits to conduct these tests, but the initial kits were given by the central government. They have supported us,”

“Our third weapon is oximeters and oxygen concentrators. The biggest issue in Corona is that a person may die due to constantly lowering oxygen levels. People who are recovering at home have been provided oximeters by the Delhi government, that detects your oxygen level accurately. We have advised the patients to check their oxygen level after every two hours. These oximeters are working as a Suraksha Kawach for Corona patients. If a person comes to a hospital, he should not suffer because of a lack of oxygen cylinders. We have procured around 4000 oxygen concentrators, and all beds in the Delhi government hospitals have attained supply of oxygen for the patients,” added the CM.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said the fourth weapon of the Delhi government against Corona is conducting plasma therapy on patients with moderate symptoms. He said, “Our fourth weapon against our fight with Corona is plasma therapy, which has shown the path to the other states in the country. The first plasma therapy trial was given to 29 patients in Delhi. These first trials were highly successful, and the results were shared with the Drug Controller of India (DCI), which then permitted the trials for Delhi govt and private hospitals in Delhi. Plasma therapy has not proven to effective in the treatment of patients with extreme co-morbidities or serious patients, but it has proved to be effective on moderate patients and it prevents the deteriorating condition.”

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi govt is starting a massive serological survey to understand the spread of COVID-19, in which a door-to-door survey will be done. He said, “Our fifth weapon is survey and screening. The serological survey in Delhi is starting from today. Through this survey, we will be able to detect in what places is the Corona spreading rapidly. Many such surveys and screening are conducted in Delhi,”

“These are the five weapons in Delhi in our battle against Corona. We want to thank the central government for supporting us in this battle. We want to thank the media for telling us our shortcomings, because of which we were able to address the grievances of the people and bring improvements. Many organizations are helping the Delhi government in its fight against the pandemic. Our victory is definite, we will certainly defeat Corona, and these five weapons will prove to be very effective in our battle,” he added.