Delhi Govt to turn Commonwealth Games Village, schools into COVID-19 facilities

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The Commonwealth Games Village and some schools will be turned into healthcare facilities for the COVID-19 patients in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on April 18, 2021.

The decision comes as a step to scale up the number of available beds after an exponential rise in the cases of COVID-19 in the national capital.

After an unprecedented rise of 24, 000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the national capital fell short of beds, oxygen, and essential drugs.

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People are unable to get beds because more than 90 percent of beds with ventilators in ICU are already occupied. Those who tried to get oxygen cylinders from private suppliers also face the same crunch.

Only 100 beds are left and the infection rate of the COVID-19 in Delhi is 30 percent, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was quoted as telling to media persons after participating in a cabinet meeting.

“I have said that we need more oxygen and beds. Over 6,000 oxygen beds expected in the coming days,” he added.

“In Delhi, the central government has a total of 10,000 beds, of which only around 1,800 beds are for coronavirus patients. We request that at least 7,000 beds be made available for them,” he said.

“In the next two-three days, we will make arrangements for 6,000 beds with oxygen facilities. We are providing high flow oxygen in many hospitals,” Kejriwal added.

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