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Amid Spike In Covid Deaths, Delhi Orders Steps To Control Third Wave

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Experts say Delhi’s air pollution ranges could possibly be among the many causes for the surge in COVID-19 instances.

New Delhi:

The variety of COVID-19 deaths in Delhi is capturing up. Delhi recorded 83 deaths yesterday. This is the second-highest variety of deaths recorded within the capital. The final time deaths had been this excessive was on June 16 when Delhi recorded 93 deaths. The metropolis additionally recorded its highest each day spike in instances with 7,830 new instances yesterday.

Delhi has been reporting a each day common of 70 deaths for the final seven days. In the earlier week, the quantity stood at 42.

Experts say Delhi’s air pollution ranges could possibly be among the many causes. Dr Vikas Maurya, Director of Pulmonology at Fortis Hospital in Shalimar Bagh mentioned, “Earlier we used to have more moderate cases but now we have more severe cases. Hospital beds in Delhi are getting filled up and that is causing delayed arrival of patients. This is increasing mortality. And there are studies that show air pollution increases mortality as Covid is a respiratory disease.”

The Delhi High Court at this time pulled up the Delhi authorities and requested what steps it was taking to regulate the spike. The excessive court docket famous that Delhi, a city-state, is thrashing Kerala and Maharashtra within the variety of COVID-19 infections. The court docket mentioned that Delhi’s newest serosurvey report signifies that “No household has been left untouched” by the an infection as one in each 4 individuals in Delhi has been contaminated by COVID-19.

While different states are imposing restrictions, the Delhi authorities is stress-free all norms, permitting 200 individuals to attend public features as a substitute of decreasing the quantity and allowing public transportation to be totally occupied. The court docket mentioned that these might flip into “super spreaders” of the an infection.

The Delhi authorities has began “targeted testing” in markets to regulate the state of affairs. Shopkeepers, the workers of eating places are being examined conserving the festive rush in thoughts and most checks being performed are RT-PCR checks.

When NDTV visited a Delhi authorities testing kiosk in Connaught Place market at this time, there was an extended line of shopkeepers for testing.

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Vikram Badhwar, General Secretary (NDTA) New Delhi Traders Association mentioned, “Today is the third day of testing in CP. There are long queues in the evening. A very small percentage of those getting tested have been confirmed positive so far. On Monday, there were about 100 tests out of which only 10 tested positive. Then on Tuesday, 15 were confirmed positive out of the nearly 200 people who were tested. We are requesting all shopkeepers to get tested. If the general public wants to get tested, then the service is free for them too. Sanitisation is being carried out across the market by the market association and masks and sanitisers are being distributed to all shopkeepers by us.”

Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister, mentioned, “Three times more tests are being done now as compared to the last peak. No doubt the third peak is here. We hope that cases will fall in the next couple of days. 17,000 RT-PCR tests were conducted yesterday. We have increased testing.”

The Delhi authorities additionally handed orders at this time and has banned all public celebrations for Chhath Puja which is meant to happen between 18-20 November.

The tempo at which hospital beds have been filling up has additionally been a matter of concern. Currently, 50 per cent of Delhi’s common Covid beds and 80 per cent of ICU beds are occupied.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at this time wrote a letter to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan asking for a rise of 1,092 beds in central authorities hospitals together with 300 ICU beds. In the letter, he has referred to the National Centre for Disease Control report of October eight which projected that Delhi might even see as much as 15,000 each day Covid instances in winter.

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