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Covid-19 scare: Delhi sees nearly two-fold rise in hospitalisation

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New Delhi, Aug 17: Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, there has been a nearly two-fold increase in hospitalisations in over a fortnight, with officials saying those with comorbidities are getting admitted to hospitals.

With 1,652 fresh coronavirus infections in the national capital in the last 24 hours, the positivity rate currently stands at 9.92 per cent. Delhi's active caseload has crossed the 6,809 mark with 1,702 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, eight Covid patients in the national capital succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours.

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Even though the rise in infections and hospitalisations is not yet alarming, experts have reiterated the need to wear masks and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Of the 9,405 available beds for coronavirus patients in Delhi, 307 (3.26 per cent) were occupied on August 1. The occupancy rate was 3.75 per cent on August 2 and four per cent the day after. It kept on rising on most days thereafter and stood at 6.24 per cent on August 16.

The bed occupancy rate was five per cent on August 6 and 5.97 per cent on August 11. The occupancy rate was 6.13 per cent on August 12 and declined marginally to 5.99 per cent the next day. It rose to 6.21 per cent on August 14 and stood at 6.31 per cent on August 15.

Dr Vikas Maurya, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, said in the last one week or so, they are observing a rise in hospital admissions due to the viral infection.

"Most of the patients are those who have multiple comorbidities and some of them are also unvaccinated. Some patients also have had lung involvement, which meant that they required anti-viral treatment and other Covid drugs," he added.

Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of state-run LNJP Hospital, concurred with Maurya.

"In the last week or so, the number of patients has seen an increase. Earlier, we would get four to five patients on a daily basis but now we have been getting eight to 10 patients every day," he said.

On Tuesday, the government said that hospitals have been placed on alert.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had urged people to get jabbed with the precautionary dose of vaccine since it ensures people are more protected against the virus.

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"Ninety per cent of corona-infected patients admitted to the hospitals are those patients who have taken only two doses of the vaccine.

"At the same time, only 10 per cent of the patients got corona infected after the third dose of the vaccine. It is clear from this that people who apply precautionary doses are safer from corona infection," he asserted.

With 1,652 fresh coronavirus infections in the national capital in the last 24 hours, the positivity rate currently stands at 9.92 per cent. Delhi's active caseload has crossed the 6,809 mark with 1,702 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, eight Covid patients in the national capital succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours.

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