Delhi govt directs major private hospitals to keep 40% beds for Covid cases | Latest News Delhi

The Delhi government allowed private hospitals and nursing homes with a total bed capacity of 100 beds or more to reduce their reserved Covid oxygen beds to 10% of their total bed capacity in October 2021.

The government of Delhi on Tuesday ordered all private hospitals and nursing homes in the state capital with 50 or more beds to reserve at least 40 percent of their total bed capacity for patients with coronavirus disease (Covid-19). In its decision, the General Directorate for Health Services cited the high portability of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the exponential increase in new infections.

“The nurses of all private hospitals / nursing homes with a total bed capacity of 50 or more beds are instructed to reserve at least 40% of their total bed capacity (i.e. 40% of the bed capacity in the ward and 40% of the bed capacity in the intensive care unit) for COVID. Patients”, it said in the order.

With daily Covid cases declining last June, the Delhi government allowed all private hospitals and nursing homes with a total bed capacity of 100 beds or more to reduce their reserve capacity for covid oxygen beds to 30% of their total bed capacity.

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With the rise of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria last October, the government allowed these private hospitals and nursing homes to further reduce their reserve capacity for covid-oxygen beds to 10% of their total bed capacity.

The new order was for reserve beds after a surge in Covid cases in Delhi over the past four days as the positivity rate rose from 2.44% on December 31, 2021 to more than 8% on January 4, 2022, as the government imposed new ones Curbs, including a weekend curfew in the state capital to contain the virus. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said the weekend curfew imposed on rising Covid cases should not be viewed as a lockdown.

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