Hospital bed occupancy highest in 14 days in Delhi

Capital’s death rate is 1.73%; The use of ventilated beds doubled between December 11th and January 3rd

As the number of daily COVID-19 cases and positivity rate continues to rise across the capital, hospital bed occupancy in various categories has been highest in the past two weeks, according to government data.

While the number of new COVID-19 cases rose from 52 to 4,099, the number of active cases rose from 385 to 10,986 and the positivity rate rose from 0.09% to 6.46% between December 11 and January 3 .

The occupancy of COVID and oxygen-assisted beds increased by 2.5 times, intensive care beds by more than three times and ventilators by double. However, Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia said 94.1% of the total of 9,042 beds were vacant for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

Special beds

According to health ministry records, 420 dedicated COVID beds were occupied on January 3, up from 152 on December 11, and ICU bed occupancy increased from 37 to 113.

The ventilation bed occupancy was measured at 48 versus 20 and that of the oxygen-enriched beds at 398 versus 148 during the 14-day period.

However, according to government sources, only 14 of them were on duty when it came to ventilators.

Department of Health data shows that bed occupancy from COVID had exceeded 300 on Jan. 2, with 307 such beds occupied, followed by a sudden surge over the next 24 hours that increased bed occupancy to 420 by the next day .

Bed occupancy in the COVID-19 intensive care unit fluctuated in double digits over the 14-day period before hitting 65 on Jan 2, breaking 100 within 24 hours and settling at 113 on Jan 3.

Oxygen-assisted beds gradually approached the 300 mark over the period before breaking within 24 hours between January 2 and 3, rising from 293 to 398.

On January 2, Delhi had a higher death rate and a lower recovery rate compared to the rest of the country.

While the capital’s death rate was 1.73 compared to the national death rate of 1.38, the recovery rate was 97.70 compared to 98.20.

The Delhi tests per million were significantly higher than domestically at 17.29.958 tests per million, compared to the national value of 5.03.661 per million.

“Symptoms mild”

To reassure the Delhier, Mr Sisodia said that experts believe that Omicron’s symptoms are very mild and that infected people recover very quickly. He appealed to people to choose hospitalization only in the event of a lack of oxygen.

“Currently, Delhi has reported over 11,000 COVID cases, of which only 350 people are hospitalized and only 124 patients are on oxygen beds. Seven people are currently being ventilated, ”he said.

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