DELHI'S HEALTH SYSTEM NEAR COLLAPSE, NO OPTION EXCEPT WEEK-LONG LOCKDOWN: CM ARVIND KEJRIWAL


20/04/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- In New Delhi, India, quarantine was initiated for one week from April 19 to prevent the collapse of the health system due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Experts warn the health system is at a "tipping point," pointing out that hospital occupancy rates are at their highest level after rising cases across the country.

Delhi State Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said hospitals were lacking oxygen tanks and most hospitals were experiencing bed shortages.

The number of daily cases in India, which is among the countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, has exceeded 273,000 in the last 24 hours.

Ambulances drive to hospitals looking for empty beds, while some health centres are waiting outside the centres for Covid-19 patients because there is no more space.

"People continue to come in a situation that is almost collapsing," said Dr. Suresh Kumar, director of Lok Nayak Jai Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in New Delhi where Covid-19 patients are treated.


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