We have arranged 2,100 more beds in the last one week. Today, we have 6,600 beds of which 2,100 are occupied. We will have 9,500 beds for COVID-19 patients by June 5: CM Arvind Kejriwal

  • We are four steps ahead of coronavirus; can’t stay in permanent lockdown: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We are developing an app to give people information on beds and ventilators availability in hospitals, will launch it on Monday: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • In 15 days, cases went up by 8,500 but only 500 people were admitted to hospitals; most people getting recovered through home isolation: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Only 2,100 patients out of over 17,000 Corona positive cases in hospitals: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • This is not the time to indulge in petty politics, the country is going through a tough phase; we have to be together in our fight against Corona:  CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal during a video conference today said that Delhi is fully prepared to deal with Coronavirus and that the national capital was four steps ahead of the deadly virus. The Chief Minister said that 6,600 beds are ready in Delhi and another 9,500 beds will be added by June 5. He added that Delhi cannot be in permanent lockdown. The Chief Minister said that while 8,500 new cases were reported in Delhi over the past 15 days, only 500 people were admitted to hospitals and that most of the people are getting cured at their homes under home isolation. At present, Delhi has 17,386 Coronavirus cases and 398 people have succumbed to the disease.
Addressing a digital press conference, CM Kejriwal said, “There were 17386 Corona cases till yesterday in Delhi, out of which 7846 people have recovered and 9142 are active cases, and there have been 398 deaths.” 
“There has been a surge in Corona cases in Delhi in the last few days, this is a matter of worry but there is no need to panic. Being the Chief Minister of the people of Delhi, I want to assure you that we are 4 steps ahead of Corona, and we are making arrangements way more than what is required for Delhi to fight against Corona. We cannot engage in a permanent lockdown, no one can predict that the Corona will go away if the timeline of the lockdown is increased by 1-2 months. We have to learn to live with Corona and we have to arrange for everything required to treat Corona. Our government is working for the treatment of Corona patients,” he added. 
Briefing on the two major causes of worry in Delhi on Corona and strategies to combat them, CM Kejriwal said that there should be fewer deaths for which he is personally making sure that there are no deaths and more recoveries, and the other will be if there is not enough health infrastructure or beds to treat Corona patients. He said that it will be worrisome for him if people have to search for beds, adequate health infrastructure, and facilities, oxygen, etc. If these facilities remain inadequate, it will lead to an increase in the death rate. 
“We have arranged for beds. Out of 17386 active cases in Delhi, only 2100 patients are in the hospitals for treatment, and the rest of them are treated under home isolation. We now have arranged for 6600 beds for the treatment of Corona, from 4500 beds that we had last week. We have successfully arranged 2100 beds in one week. Only 2100 beds are occupied and the rest 4500 remain vacant. We have also issued orders last week to arrange 9500 beds in Delhi by 5th June. We are taking over hotels, and oxygen concentrators and beds will be arranged there. To give you a breakup, the Delhi government hospitals earlier had 2500 beds, which will now be increased to a total of 4600 beds by June 5. In the central government hospitals, we had 2329 beds earlier which have now reduced to 2229 beds. Owing to the huge demand for beds in private hospitals, the beds have been increased from 677 beds in private hospitals to a total of 2677 beds, which will further increase to 3677 beds by June 5. A lot of people want to be treated in private hospitals, but just like our government schools, even Delhi government hospitals will provide you with the best of the facilities,” said the CM. 
On 14th May, Delhi had 8500 cases. There has been a two-fold surge in the cases with 17000 cases in Delhi today. There were 1600 patients in the hospitals in Delhi, and today, there are 2100 patients in the hospitals. CM Kejriwal said that despite the increase in the overall active cases, patients in hospitals have only increased by 500. “Most of the people who are infected from Corona are either asymptomatic or show mild symptoms like mild cough, cold, and fever. They can be treated at home. So, there is no need to panic because most of the people are recovering from the disease in their homes,” he added. 
*We are developing an app to give people information on beds and ventilators availability in hospitals that will be launched on Monday: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “While on one hand the health infrastructure in Delhi has been made adequate, family members of Corona patients are still confused about where to take them for treatment. They are not sure about the beds and ventilators available in the hospitals. For the convenience of the people to eliminate such issues, we are developing an app that will be launched on Monday. The app will show the data and status of beds and ventilators available each and every hospital in Delhi. People who do not use smartphones can access this information on the website that will also be created and this information will also available on the 1031 helpline.” 

*Not the time to do petty politics, we have to be together in our fight against Corona: CM Arvind Kejriwal* 
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people to not share malicious and unverified content on social media. “Some people create, post, and share videos for petty and dirty politics. A video of dead bodies is being circulated since today morning, claiming that the video is of a Delhi government hospital. It was not of the Delhi government hospital. In a similar way, a video of low-quality food being served in some government hospital was circulated, claiming it was of Delhi government hospital which is not true.” 
CM Kejriwal also lauded the doctors for their unnerving dedication and hard work in these difficult times. “I want to request the people who are involved in this, the country is going through some very difficult times right now. We all have to leave politics behind and work for the country together. This is not the time to do dirty politics. I called the officials and authorities after witnessing the kind of food being served in the hospital in the video, it hurts their morale. The nurses and doctors of Delhi are working very hard, they are the frontline workers who are the strength behind our battle against Corona. The doctors and nurses are responsible for the low mortality rate in Delhi, but circulating videos like this break their morale and spirit and negate all their hard work. Please do not trust every video that you see on social media because many of the videos turn out to be fake. If any part of any of these videos is found to be true, I assure you that strict action will be taken,” he added.