Patients under home isolation have been sent pulse oximeters which will act as their ‘Suraksha Kawach’: CM Arvind Kejriwal

We have received permission to do more plasma therapy treatment in Delhi. We are now offering plasma therapy treatment in LNJP and Rajiv Gandhi Hospital; it has been effective in moderate cases that do not have extreme co-morbidities: CM Arvind Kejriwal

More ICU beds will be set up on a large scale at LNJP Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, and GTB Hospital: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Number of COVID cases are high but the situation is under control and no need to worry: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi has 26,000 active COVID cases but only 6,000 are in hospitals. Rest all are getting treatment at home as they have mild symptoms: CM Arvind Kejriwal

We’ve increased testing by three times but positive cases have increased by around 3000 per day only. Out of the total COVID19 patients, around 45,000 people have recovered: CM Arvind Kejriwal

In the last one week, the number of beds occupied has been around 6,000 despite almost 3,000 new cases daily as they do not require hospitalization: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Cabinet meeting held where a decision to install 450 beds at Burari Hospital was taken, funds also sanctioned- CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Addressing a digital press briefing, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that that the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital is high but the situation is under control and there is no need to worry. The Delhi CM said that patients under home isolation have been sent pulse oximeters which will act as their ‘Suraksha Kawach’. He also said that the Delhi government has increased testing by three times but positive cases have increased by around 3000 per day only. Out of the total COVID19 patients, approx. 45,000 people have recovered. The Delhi CM said that Delhi has been getting mild cases over the past week, which is why out of 13500 total beds in the hospitals, Delhi has been using 6,000 COVID beds for the past week as most cases have mild symptoms and are recovering at their homes. CM Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has received permission to do more plasma therapy treatment in Delhi. Plasma therapy has been effective in serious cases that do not have extreme co-morbidities and it may help reduce COVID deaths.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “As of today, there are 74000 Corona cases in Delhi, but if we try to comprehend these cases, I would say that the situation is under control, it is worrisome but there is no need to panic. A few days back, we used to conduct around 5000-6000 tests daily, out of which around 2000-2500 cases were found to be positive. We have increased the testing three times, and now instead of 5000 tests per day, we are conducting 18000-20000 tests per day. We have seen that even if the testing has increased three-fold in the last few days, the Corona positive cases have only increased from 2000 to 3000-3500. If in the coming days, we conduct 1-2 lakh tests daily, it is natural to observe a spike in the number of Corona cases.”

“A favorable thing is that out of 74000 cases, around 45000 cases have recovered, which shows that people are recovering from Corona swiftly. There have been around 2400 deaths due to Corona in Delhi, and out of the 26000 active Corona patients in Delhi, only 6000 people are in hospitals. The rest of the cases are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, and are recovering in home isolation,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that for the last one week, the number of beds occupied in the hospitals by Corona patients has remained stagnant. “I was observing the data for the last few days. In the last week, the number of beds occupied has been stagnant at around 6000. Even if there has been a spike in 3000-3500 Corona cases daily, the new cases do not require beds. Most of the Covid-19 cases in Delhi are mild and most of them don’t require hospitalization. The number of people recovering and getting discharged from the hospitals, are the same as the number of people who require hospitalization. Right now, we have prepared 13,500 beds in our hospitals, out of which 7500 beds remain vacant and 6000 beds are occupied. I feel that we would require more ICU beds in the coming days since we have to now focus on saving more lives in Delhi,” said the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that even though there is no sudden requirement of beds in the hospitals, the Delhi government is working round the clock to ensure more beds are added in the foreseeable future. He said, “We held a cabinet meeting today, where we have sanctioned the permit and the amount to increase the capacity of beds by 450, in a newly constructed hospital in Burari. You must have read it in the papers, I visited a banquet hall which is opposite to the LNJP hospital, and has been converted into a COVID care facility with 100 beds. Just like this banquet hall, we will acquire more banquet halls in the coming days and convert them into COVID care facilities by installing more beds in them. We will also attach them to various COVID hospitals in Delhi. It is not that we are not doing anything, even though we do not require more beds at the moment, we are preparing for tomorrow. In the first week of June, we did face some issues in the availability of beds to Corona patients. I was myself arranging beds in the middle of the night for patients. But now, the situation is under control. Delhi government has arranged for around 3500 beds in the hotels in the last 10 days, which has increased the overall bed capacity. In the coming days, with the installation of more beds in Burari hospital and banquet halls, our bed count will increase.”

“We are also increasing beds in the ICUs in GTB, LNJP and Rajiv Gandhi Hospitals for better treatment of the people. I pray to God that people are not infected from Corona, but just in case that happens, I hope and pray that they recover soon,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that plasma therapy and providing pulse oxymeters to the patients recovering from Corona are the two foremost steps to ensure there are no deaths due to COVID. “To ensure that there are no deaths from Corona, we have taken two major steps. The first is plasma therapy, which you must have heard me mention in my briefings a few days back. Delhi was the first state in the nation where plasma therapy was used, the trials were conducted on 29 patients in the LNJP for the first time. The therapy yielded outstanding results on the patients, after which we have gotten permission to conduct 200 more plasma therapy trials in Delhi. Amongst the government hospitals, LNJP and Rajiv Gandhi hospital has gotten permission to conduct plasma therapy trials. Many private hospitals have also asked for permission to conduct plasma therapy,” said the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “The results have shown that the patients who are in a serious condition, is on a ventilator or is suffering from multi-organ failure, it is hard to save the patient through plasma therapy. But, those with moderate symptoms can recover, and plasma therapy can avert their condition from getting worse in the future. So, we hope that we can save lives through plasma therapy in the future. The results of plasma therapy in LNJP Hospital have shown that the death rate in the hospital has decreased to less than half as compared to earlier in the last few days.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal advised the patients who have been provided pulse oxymeters to use them every two hours. He said, “The biggest problem faced by a Corona patient is lowering oxygen levels. If the oxygen level of a patient falls to 90, it is considered dangerous, and if it falls below 85, it is considered very serious. If your oxygen levels fall to 85-90, you will experience trouble breathing. It was also observed that some Corona patients had no symptoms at all, but their oxygen levels stooped drastically and they succumbed to Corona. Keeping this in view, we have implemented a system that all the people who are recovering in home isolation, and are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, we have sent oxymeters to the houses of all these patients. These oximeters will act as their ‘Suraksha Kavach’. For those who have received the oxymeters, please use the oxymeter to measure your oxygen levels every 2 hours. It is very easy to use. If your oxygen level falls below 94, please contact us immediately, and oxygen will be sent to your home. Yesterday, I spoke to a patient who is recovering from Corona in home isolation and has used the oxymeter provided to him by the Delhi government. He is very happy and satisfied with the oxymeter.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal played an audio clip of his conversation with a home isolation patient, Mr. Kanan. The patient said he was fine and had no symptoms. The CM advised the patient to check his oxygen levels every two hours because if the oxygen level falls below 90 or 85, it may be very dangerous. The patient informed the CM that his oxygen level was above 97.6 and he has been checking his oxygen levels regularly. The CM also asked the patient if the medical team of the Delhi government had been calling him to guide him through the home isolation process, and Mr. Kanan said the medical team of the Delhi govt has been calling him everyday to guide him through the home isolation process. Mr. Kanan thanked CM Arvind Kejriwal for speaking to him.

“There are thousands of Corona patients who have recovered at their homes or are recovering at their homes. We are taking all the necessary steps for their recovery and also for the recovery of patients in the hospitals. I pray for the speedy recovery of all Corona positive patients, said the CM.