Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Sunday that more than 400 intensive care beds had been added for coronavirus patients in Delhi.
He said the number will rise further in the coming days, as those 400 beds are part of a total of 1,650 intensive care beds set up in the city – 250 in private hospitals, 650 in government facilities in Delhi and 750 in those managed by the Center.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently issued instructions in this regard.
A government official said 29 intensive care beds were added on Tuesday, 100 on Wednesday, 76 on Thursday and 206 on Saturday, the official said.
The AAP government on Thursday ordered private hospitals to increase the percentage of non-ICU COVID-19 beds from 50 to 60.
He had also ordered 42 private hospitals to reserve with immediate effect 80% of their intensive care beds for coronavirus patients.
As the death toll from COVID-19 rises in the nation’s capital, reports of burial sites running out of space have also emerged.
Mr. Jain said he had spoken to representatives of municipal corporations in this regard.
“They assured that adequate measures are taken and that there will be no problem carrying out the last rites of those who die from COVID-19,” he said.
Delhi, which was reeling from the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic, reported a death rate of 1.58% compared to the national death rate of 1.48%.
In November alone, the nation’s capital recorded 1,759 deaths until November 21, or about 83 deaths per day.
The number of deaths has crossed the 100 mark four times in the past 10 days.
Authorities reported 111 deaths on Saturday, 118 on Friday, 131 deaths on Wednesday, the highest date yet, and 104 on November 12.
Mr Jain had recently acknowledged that the death rate in Delhi was slightly above the national average, but said the situation was now much better than in June when the death rate soared to “3.5 percent” .
While the death rate in July was 3.12%, it had fallen to 2.54% by the end of August.
Mr Jain had said the city is witnessing its third wave of coronavirus but the gradual reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate is a “clear indicator” that the spread of the virus is decreasing here.