Delhi has been facing a shortage of medical oxygen and the city government has requested the Centre to immediately increase its supply to the national capital, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Sunday.
"The quota of oxygen allocated to Delhi is turning out to be very less due to the increased consumption which is much more than the average," Sisodia, who is also the nodal minister for Covid-19 management in Delhi, tweeted.
Pointing out that the positivity rate has gone up from 24 per cent to 30 per cent in just 24 hours, he said due to fast pace in increase of COVID-19 infections, hospital beds and oxygen for patients are rapidly depleting in the city.
Kejriwal cited that less than 100 ICU beds are available in Delhi now and said he spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday morning and stressed on the need of beds for the COVID patients.
"I spoke to Home Minister Amit Shah today and informed him of our dire need of beds and oxygen. We are constantly in touch with the Centre and getting help from it," he said.
Kejriwal who had talked to Union Health Minister Harshvardhan on Saturday, requested the Centre to reserve at least 7,000 of 10,000 beds in hospitals run by it in Delhi as COVID beds and ensure immediate supply of oxygen.
Currently, only 1,800 of 10,000 central government hospital beds are reserved for COVID-19 patients, he said.
The Delhi government in the next 2-3 days will come up with 6,000 beds with oxygen facility at Yamuna Sports Complex, Radha Swami Satsang Beas premises and schools, Kejriwal said.
It is also arranging high flow oxygen beds for patients in some hospitals, he said.
"In the last 24 hours, approximately 25,500 cases of COVID have come up. Before that, we had around 24,000 cases, and before that, we had 19,500 cases," he said.
“We have noted that the number of available beds reserved for COVID patients is reducing at a fast rate. We are falling short of ICU beds. In Delhi, we are now left with less than 100 ICU beds. We are falling short of oxygen as well," Kejriwal said.
Last night, a private hospital informed that the shortage of oxygen was so severe that they just about managed to prevent a tragedy, he said.
The chief minister said Delhi's people are fully cooperating in the implementation of the ongoing weekend curfew imposed in view of soaring infections and thanked doctors, religious and social organisations, NGOs and the Centre for their help in the fight against the deadly virus.
(With PTI inputs)