• March 5, 2021

No Covid case in over 100 hospitals, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Jan 30, 2021

New Delhi: More than 100 city hospitals where beds were earmarked for Covid-19 patients at the peak of the outbreak have now become Covid-free. Data shared by the government shows there is no patient suffering from the viral infection in these hospitals, including AIIMS Jhajjar, Max East/West Block, VIMHANS and Sir Ganga Ram City hospital.

At the peak of the outbreak in November, most of these hospitals had 90% to 100% occupancy.

“The beds have gone vacant due to sharp reduction in new cases over the past one month,” officials in the state health department said.

On Friday, Delhi recorded 249 new cases, even as the positivity rate stayed much below 0.5%. A day earlier, 58,725 tests were conducted.

The infection tally in the city stood at 6.34 lakh and the death toll mounted to 10,841 with six new fatalities, authorities said on Friday.

The capital had recorded 96 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the lowest in over 10 months.

In view of the falling number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi government had recently ordered resumptions of surgeries, OPDs and other medical services at its state-run hospitals.

At present, the city has a total of 8,701 Covid beds. Of this, data shared by the hospitals on the Delhi Corona app shows 8,004 (92%) are lying vacant.

There are 1,141 Covid ICU beds with ventilator support and 1,825 Covid ICU beds without a ventilator, of which 83% and 93%, respectively, are lying vacant.

“Over the last one week, new cases have remained below 250. Active cases are also going down. The reduction is reflected in the occupancy of beds as well. This trend is likely to hold,” said a senior doctor at Maulana Azad Medical College.

A sero-prevalence study carried out by the hospital recently showed more than 50% of people in the state have antibodies against thenovel coronavirus that causes Covid-19, meaning they had been exposed to the virus already.

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