New Delhi, Jun 9 : Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said by July 31, 5.5 lakh Covid cases are expected in Delhi, and 80,000 beds will be required in the hospitals of the capital. A meeting of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal was held in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and other senior officials.
After the meeting, Mr Sisodia said, "We had a meeting of SDMA today where we discussed COVID-19 situation in Delhi. The doubling rate of COVID cases in Delhi right now is around 12- 13 days." "We presented the data of our prediction where we observed that by June 15, there'll be 44,000 COVID-19 cases and 6,600 beds will be required. By June 30, we'll reach one lakh cases and 15,000 beds will be required. By July 15, there'll be 2.25 lakh cases and 33,000 beds will be required. By July 31, 5.5 lakh cases are expected and 80,000 beds will be required," said the Deputy CM.
"The prediction is based on the trend that when the borders were sealed due to lockdown and in Delhi hospitals, only the residents of the state were coming for the treatments. Considering the ongoing situation, the Delhi Cabinet decided to reserve the Delhi government and private hospitals only for the residents of Delhi till the time this pandemic is here,” he said. “Yesterday, the LG has overruled this Cabinet decision, therefore, presenting the data we requested him to reconsider the decision. We asked the Hon'ble LG about his predictions about how many cases might increase in the coming days and how many cases might come from outside but he had no answers. We also asked if people from outside come to Delhi then how many beds we might need and he had no answer to that as well. However, there was consensus that considering the doubling rate of 12.6 by 31 July, 5.5 lakh cases expected & 80,000 beds will be needed," said Mr Sisodia. "I asked the LG to reconsider his decision but he denied doing that. The decision of opening the hospitals for all will create a lot of obstacles for the people of Delhi.
If now people from the outside start coming to Delhi and the available beds get filled up within 2, 4, or 10 days then who will take the responsibility of the situation? The way in Delhi the numbers are increasing and if the people from outside also come to our hospitals then the situation will become very challenging for us,” he said. “However, we will try our best to strengthen the health infrastructure in a way where we can provide good treatment to the people of Delhi and all over India who will come to Delhi.
We will ensure more beds, ventilators and all the related infrastructure and the work is going on,” Mr Sisodia said. "On community spread in Delhi, central government officials said it has not happened yet and there is no need to discuss this matter," Mr Manish Sisodia added. The Health minister said,”We say community spread when people don't know how they got the infection.
There are many cases. In 50 percent of the cases in Delhi, the source of infection is not known. The Director of AIIMS has also observed that there is a spread in the containment zones but only the Central government can say if it is community spread or not.”