There are three key principles behind Delhi’s model of fighting Corona: CM Arvind Kejriwal

  • Our three principles include teamwork and collectivity, correcting the lapses when pointed out, and not losing hope: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Around 2.25 lakh cases were estimated in Delhi by July 15, but today there are only 1.15 lakh cases: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • 1.34 lakh active cases were estimated till July 15, but there are only 18,600 active cases today: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • As against 34000 beds that was estimated to be required by 15th July earlier, only 4,000 beds are required currently: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Our position today is much better as compared to June, but we should not be complacent. We are yet to win this battle against Corona: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We will continue our preparations for the people of Delhi, continue wearing masks, sanitizing hands and practicing social distancing: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Addressing a digital press conference on Wednesday, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government is working on three principles to fight a strong battle against Corona, which has helped the state to bring the situation under control. He also said that there are several key factors behind the success of Delhi’s model of dealing with the pandemic. He said that as against the earlier projections of 2.25 lakh total cases and 1.34 lakh active cases in Delhi, there are only 1.15 lakh total cases and 18600 active cases in the city.

Addressing a digital media briefing, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “One and a half month back, around June 1 when the number of Corona cases was rising, we had presented the projected number of cases of Corona as of June 30, July 15, and July 31 in front of the people. This projection was done as per the central govt’s formula of identifying the number of cases in the future according to the trend at that time” CM Arvind Kejriwal said that as per the Centre’s formula, there was a prediction of 2.25 lakh cases by July 15 according to the surge in the number of cases in the first week of June. Out of the 2.25 lakh cases, around 1.34 lakh active cases would have been active, for which 34,000 beds would have been needed in Delhi. He said, “But due to the collective efforts of all the governments, including Delhi government, central government, and the 2 crore people of Delhi, the actual number of cases is half from what we had projected till July 15. There are 1,15,000 Corona cases in Delhi, out of which only 18,600 cases are active against our projection of 1,34,000 active cases. Only 4000 beds, as against our projection that 34,000 beds would be needed. We have arranged for 15,500 beds for the treatment of Corona patients, out of which only 4000 beds are occupied and the rest remain vacant.”

“The situation is under control, but as I say, we should not be complacent. The number of cases can surge at any moment. I want to thank all of the people who put in the effort and worked hard to control the Corona situation in Delhi, especially the 2 crore people of Delhi. I believe that it is neither because of me nor because of the cabinet of ministers in Delhi, that the situation has been brought under control. It has happened because of the people, doctors, nurses, Corona warriors, who have worked day and night to control the situation without caring for their lives,” added the CM.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that in the last one and a half months, the Delhi government has worked on three principles. “First, we learned that Corona is so huge a pandemic, that no one can fight it alone. We would have failed in our efforts to contain Corona if the Delhi government would have thought that it can fight Corona alone. This is the reason why we asked for the support of everyone. We appealed to the central govt, hotels, private hospitals, banquet halls, NGOs, religious and cultural organizations for support. I also want to thank all the parties, BJP and Congress, for supporting us in this time.”

“Our second principle was that when things were going wrong, people were deliberately pointing out at the laxes in our system. Instead of being hostile or aggressive on any agency, be it the people on the social media or the media pointing out our lapses, we took it upon ourselves to correct our mistakes. This is the reason why we noted down each and every lapse that was pointed out in the LNJP Hospital in the first week of June. I personally called up many editors and reporters who reported stories of negligence and lapses in our system and we tried to correct them. I am happy that the LNJP Hospital is now being appreciated. I want to give all the credit to the nurses, doctors, medical administration, medical superintendent, and director of the LNJP Hospital who have worked very hard. We have never felt bad over what our critiques had to say to us, rather, we worked on them to improve the situation,” said the CM.

CM Kejriwal said, “Third, we did not lose hope. If we would have lost hope and lost the battle, it would have been very difficult for us to sustain. We kept working hard because we knew our hard work would bear the fruit.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that everybody is appreciating the Delhi Model. He said, “The Hon’ble Prime Minister said that the Delhi model should be implemented across various other locations. The foundation of the Delhi model is collectivity, teamwork, and togetherness. We planned the requirements of every sector and field and during that planning, when we figured out that we might not have a certain thing that we need but some other agency does, we went to that agency and pleaded for help. For instance, we wanted to increase testing in Delhi, and we were conducting only 10,000 tests at that point. We asked for help from the central govt, and with its help, rapid antigen testing was started in Delhi for the first time in the country. The central govt provided us with antigen kits and we started conducting 20,000-25,000 tests all of a sudden.”

The second important factor behind the Delhi model is home isolation. CM Arvind Kejriwal said that people across the countries are scared that if they get infected by Corona, they will be put into quarantine centres, isolation centres, or hospitals by their govts. “We introduced home isolation where people could easily recover in the comfort of their homes. The medical team of the Delhi govt visits the house of the patient for inspection and provides guidance on home isolation protocol. We have also provided oximeters to the people for them to be able to maintain stable oxygen levels and call us in case they need oxygen. They are given tele-counseling during their home isolation period, and the medical team calls them daily to ask about their health. Around 80-90% of people are recovering under home isolation.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the home isolation model of the Delhi government has been well-praised and is talked about in all the other states of the country. “Because of this home isolation model, testing in Delhi has increased. Earlier, people were scared of getting tested because they thought they would be put into quarantine centres if they are tested positive for Corona. In many other states, this is the exact reason why people are not getting tested because people are sent to quarantine centres irrespective of whether they have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. Nobody wants to get tested until they are infected with serious symptoms, and because of no testing, they also infect other people in their vicinity. We introduced home isolation, people were less scared, and this is how testing in Delhi increased,” he added.

Earlier, 5000 tests were being conducted in Delhi, as against 20000-22000 tests being conducted in the city today.

CM Arvind Kejriwal also pointed out the declining death rate in the city. In June, there were days when the number of deaths had climbed to more than 100, it has now come down to 30-35. He said, “We have to reduce the deaths further. We did extensive planning to ascertain the causes of deaths. The first reason was testing. Because testing was not being done on time, the symptoms increased and got severe, which resulted in the patient’s death. We have increased the number of tests and people are not facing any trouble now.”

Earlier, the ambulances took two hours to arrive, the response time of the ambulances has reduced to half an hour today. Thirdly, we saw that when the ambulance took the patient to the hospital, it took two to four hours to complete all the formalities while the patient was waiting outside the hospital in the ambulance. “The media has done such stories. Now we have made arrangements that as soon as the ambulances reach the hospital, the patient will be taken to the holding area and oxygen supply will be given to him/her,” added the CM.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that more beds were subsequently arranged in the hospitals and other facilities in Delhi. He said, “There was a shortage of beds in hospitals in the month of June. There were 4100 beds in Delhi on June 1 and today there are 15500 beds in Delhi. In a month, we have arranged four times the number of beds that were available earlier. On June 1, there were only 300 ICU beds in Delhi, and today, there are 2100 ICU beds. Out of these, around 1100 beds are occupied. We have arranged ICU beds on a very large scale, which is why people are confident that if they have to go to the hospital, there would be no shortage of ICU beds. For the first time in Delhi, plasma therapy trials were started, which produced very encouraging results. We started the plasma bank in Delhi, where anyone can obtain plasma. I do not claim that plasma will save everyone’s life, but plasma has proven to be helpful in saving lives. We are in a much better position today than we were in June. But that does not mean that the battle has been won, there is a long way to go. The number of cases may surge again. But, we do not have to complacent or do nothing, our preparations must be made. We always have to wear masks, adhere to social distancing, and repeatedly sanitize and wash our hands to save ourselves from Corona.”