Nine-fold rise in COVID-19 cases from first to 14 Jan, two-fold rise in patients requiring ventilator support

On January 1, the hospital occupancy was 247, of which five patients were on ventilators (2.02 percent), while on January 14, the hospital bed occupancy was 2,529, of which 99 patients (3.91 percent) were on ventilators

Delhi: Nine-fold increase in COVID-19 cases from January 1 to 14, two-fold increase in patients requiring ventilator support

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New Delhi: Although the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi rose almost nine-fold between January 1 and 14, the percentage of patients on ventilator support in city hospitals has only doubled over the same period, government data shows.

During the second wave of coronavirus, when the number of cases was similar, the hospitalization rate and the rate on ventilators were higher, officials said. The city government has stated at various stages that people who develop serious illnesses are mainly those who are unvaccinated and have comorbidities.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had said earlier this week that the hospitalization rate has stabilized even as cases are rising, suggesting the surge has plateaued. According to government data, there were 2,716 Covid cases on January 1, while the number of cases on January 14 was 24,383.

Similarly, on January 1, the hospital occupancy was 247, of which five patients were on ventilators (2.02 percent), while on January 14, the hospital bed occupancy was 2,529, of which 99 patients (3.91 percent) were a ventilator.

It shows that the number of cases increased 8.9-fold between January 1 and 14, but the percentage of COVID-19 patients on ventilator support increased only two-fold.

A health ministry official said the data makes it clear that the rate of growth in the percentage of patients on ventilators relative to the total number of hospitalizations is very small. Only the co-morbid COVID-19 patients need ventilator support, but we still need to exercise caution, the official said.

As of January 5, the number of COVID-19 cases was 10,655, while 5,782 patients were hospitalized and of whom only 2.81 percent (22 patients) were on ventilators.

Similarly, as of Jan. 10, the city reported 19,166 COVID-19 cases while hospital bed occupancy was 1,999, of which only 3.25 percent (65 patients) required ventilator support.

As of January 13, the number of cases was 28,867, the highest since the pandemic began, while bed occupancy was 2,424, of which 98 patients (4.04 percent) were on ventilators.

Jain had claimed on Wednesday that hospital admissions have stabilized, suggesting the current wave has peaked and cases may be declining soon.

We have observed that the number of hospital admissions has stabilized over the past four to five days. A plateau in hospital admissions is an indication that the wave has peaked. We could see a drop in cases in two to three days,” he said.

Jain added that most of those who have died in the ongoing wave of infections had comorbidities and very few deaths have been due to the coronavirus.

“People with comorbidities face more problems, not many people come to hospitals for treatment for the coronavirus,” he said.

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