Delhi govt to private hospitals

The AAP-led government of Delhi on Tuesday directed all private hospitals and nursing homes with 50 or more beds in the city to reserve at least 40% of their total bed capacity for Covid-19 patients amid a surge in infections.

The Covid-19 positivity rate in the state capital has increased exponentially from 2.44% on December 31 of last year to over 8% on Tuesday, the government said in an order.

It added that the portability of the variant was very high and the number of Omicron-positive cases in the community was growing exponentially.

“Therefore, 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 percent of their total bed capacity (i.e. 40 percent of the bed capacity on the ward and 40 percent of the LCU bed capacity) for Covid patients”, it says in the arrangement of the nursing home cell of the General Directorate for Health Services in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s Covid-19 cases continued to see an upward trend, with 5,481 new infections reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the positivity rate to 8.37 percent, the highest in over seven months.

The highest positivity rate was recorded on May 17, at 8.41 percent.

As of Monday, Delhi had reported 4,099 new cases of COVID-19 and the positivity rate was 6.46 percent. The new cases of the coronavirus have brought the number of active cases in the city to 14,889, the highest in over seven months. On May 27th there were 16,378.

A Delhi Ministry of Health bulletin said 8,593 of the active cases are in domestic isolation. The total number of cases in the city rose to 14,63,701.

According to the bulletin, 65,487 tests were conducted on Tuesday.

It is said that 1,575 people have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, and the total number of recoveries has increased to 14,23,699.

Three deaths from the virus have also been reported and the death toll stands at 25,113.

The cumulative positivity rate is 4.44 percent and the death rate is 1.72 percent.

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