Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, announced today that oxygen concentrator banks have been created in each district of Delhi to aid in the fight against coronavirus. Coronavirus patients in home isolation can now ask for home delivery of these oxygen concentrators at their doorstep.
Arvind Kejriwal said this afternoon in a televised briefing, "From today, we are starting a very important service - we're setting up oxygen concentrator banks. In every district, there will be a bank with 200 oxygen concentrators. It has been seen that COVID-19 patients often need to get admitted to ICUs when they're not given medical oxygen when needed. Sometimes patients even die. We have set up these banks to fulfill these gaps." He went on to say that, "If any patient - in home isolation - needs medical oxygen, our teams will be at their doorstep within two hours. One person - aware of the technical know-how- will be a part of the team to help the patient and their families."
Delhi's Chief Minister has launched a helpline for those who need medical oxygen at their homes. The number is 1031. Patients can dial it to get added to the list of patients who need oxygen at home. However, he stated that there's a team which will determine whether or not the person actually requires it.
The city has seen a record spike in COVID-19 infections in the last few weeks. According to the state government, the number of cases in the national capital is finally decreasing. Delhi reported nearly 6,500 infections as compared to about 8,500 cases yesterday. Delhi's oxygen crisis was also discussed in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court during marathon hearings and the centre was finally told to make sure that the city gets 700 Metric Tonnes of oxygen a day.
The positivity rate stands at 11 per cent, as compared with 12 per cent yesterday. The Chief Minister said: "While we hope that Delhi won't see a surge again, we are preparing from our end. Within 15 days, more than 1,000 ICU beds have been set up. Our doctors and engineers have set a precedent" Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said: 'Today, we have seen a further drop of COVID-19 cases. We are preparing for our end'