In view of the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi announced Thursday, April 8 that it will only perform urgent procedures and surgeries in operating rooms from April 10, 2021..
“It was decided at a meeting chaired by the Director of AIIMS today in the Ramalingaswamy boardroom that theater of operations services at AIIMS, New Delhi should be reduced in response to the increased need for misappropriation of infrastructure, manpower and material resources to control the COVID-19 epidemic, ”said a statement.
“As a result, it is decided that only urgent procedures / surgeries will be covered in the various operating theaters of the AIIMS from 10.04.2021 (Saturday)”, he added.
The move comes as Delhi reported nearly 7,500 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest one-day spike this year. For two consecutive days, the capital reported more than 5,000 new infections.
With 7,437 new cases, the cumulative total reached in Delhi reached 6,980,005 and with 24 deaths the death toll rose to 11,157. Currently, the number of active cases stands at 23,181.
On Tuesday April 6, the AIIMS decided to temporarily stop the routine recordings of walk-in OPD patients from Thursday April 8. Only people with prior appointments will be allowed, the hospital said.
Meanwhile, India reported 1,26,789 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 1,29,28,574, according to the Ministry of Health bulletin.
The ministry added that the number of active cases also crossed the nine lakh mark again.