Delhi, the capital of India, has been one of the majorly affected cities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the city's total number of novel coronavirus cases stand at 26,334.
According to a five-member committee constituted by the Delhi government, Delhi is likely to witness a three-fold increase in the novel coronavirus cases by the end of June. To be able to provide for the rise in coronavirus infected patients, the panel has requested the government to organize almost 15,000 beds to accommodate the increasing cases in the city.
Dr Mahesh Verma, chairman of the committee, said, "We have studied the trends of other cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai. Our calculations project more than one lakh cases in Delhi by the end of June."
"We have submitted our reports to the govt recommending them to make an additional facility of 15,000 beds. We want that no patients should suffer. We are getting prepared to combat the virus,'' he added.
The chairman of the committee also said that these beds need not be in the hospital and can be arranged in hospitals or makeshift COVID-19 facilities. The only condition is to ensure a proper supply of oxygen.
Adding to the suggestions mentioned by Dr Verma, an official of the committee mentioned that the current doubling rate of the capital was at 15 days. But based on the projections of the committee, the number of COVID-19 patients will increase.
The official said, "Most of the patients would have a medical condition of 'hypoxia', and five per cent would need a ventilator. Hence, we have advised the government to arrange the maximum facility of oxygen supply for patients."
Under Unlock 1, the phased-out opening of the country from the previously implemented lockdown, Delhi is set to open religious places and other facilities from June 8, Monday. But the increasing number of cases are raising questions on the effectiveness of Unlock 1.