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Shortage of oxygen, ICU beds, Remdesivir in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal as city records highest ever single-day spike with around 24,000 cases

Delhi had reported 19,486 new coronavirus cases and 141 deaths on Friday

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Saturday, April 17, 2021, 05:55 PM IST

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal | ANI
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal | ANI
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Delhi's situation is worsening with each passing day as the COVID-19 cases have suddenly seen a huge spike. Delhi has reported around 24,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and there is a shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.

This is the highest single-day cases in the national capital. Delhi had reported 19,486 new coronavirus cases and 141 deaths on Friday.

Kejriwal said Delhi has a limited number of ICU beds and oxygen and ICU beds are decreasing very sharply. He said COVID-19 cases were rising sharply and the government will take necessary steps to prevent spread of the virus. He has also directed to take strict action against people who will found hoarding or black marketing medicines.

The Chief Minister said he has spoken to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for increasing availability of beds and increasing oxygen supply.

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delhi"I hope that we add 6,000 beds in two or three days. No one knows when the peak will come. The central government gave 4,100 beds in November but this time only 1,800 beds have been given. I requested Dr Harsh Vardhan to reserve 50 per cent beds for COVID-19 patients," he added.

Besides, he also pointed out, "We are receiving complaints that some labs are taking 2/3 days to give COVID-19 reports to patients. The reason is that these labs are taking more samples than their capacity." "Strict action will be taken against such labs that will not give report within 24 hrs," he added.

He said that the government will keep a close eye on the situation for some days. "If the situation deteriorates, we will take whatever step is needed to save your lives," he added.

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Published on: Saturday, April 17, 2021, 05:55 PM IST