A day after the MCD claimed that the COVID-19 death toll in Delhi stood at 2,098, practically double of the official figures shared by the town authorities, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday mentioned, “let them send the details to us”. He additionally dismissed hypothesis on extension of lockdown, saying it will not be.
On a query on COVID-19 death toll claimed by the civic our bodies, he mentioned, all COVID-19 protocols are being adopted in cremation or burial of our bodies of people that had been contaminated by the virus or suspected to have been affected.
Senior leaders of the three BJP-led municipal companies on Thursday had claimed that over 2,000 COVID-19 deaths have taken place in Delhi, whereas the official tally stood at 1,085 as reported on Thursday. “If that is their claim, then let them send us the details, like age, medical history, test reports. Every death count must have corresponding documents to back the death, otherwise they are just figures,” Jain advised reporters.
It additionally occurs that we observe instances whereby the affected person was cremated below the COVID-19 protocol, however their studies present destructive later on when obtained from the hospitals, he mentioned. The Delhi authorities, in an announcement on Thursday had mentioned, the COVID-19 death audit committee is “working impartially”, and this was “not a time for blame-game but to work together”.
Senior civic leaders on Friday reiterated that Delhi authorities was attempting to both “hide death figures” or “revealing it late in piecemeal fashion” to “save its face”. “Earlier also the Kejriwal government had reported less death when our tally from crematoria and burial sites had shown nearly three times of the official toll. And, now as per these figures, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Delhi stands at 2,098 — SDMC (1,080), NDMC (976), EDMC (42),” Jai Prakash, the chairman of Standing Commitee of the NDMC, claimed on Thursday in a press convention.
On a query on Delhi High Court’s remarks on Thursday that the nationwide capital was heading in direction of changing into the “corona capital” of the nation, Jain mentioned the coronavirus state of affairs in Delhi must be seen in context. It is the pandemic of the century, after the 1918 Spanish Flu, he mentioned.
“To say, that cases are more here than there… Yes, in some places, it is far ahead of others, in some it is behind others,” he mentioned. “Countries which saw the outbreak first, now cases have started to slow down there. It is spreading very fast. It is of the same family as the Spanish Flu virus. The most dangerous thing about novel coronavirus is that it spreads very fast,” Jain mentioned in response to a query on the excessive court docket’s remarks.
The nationwide capital is quick heading in direction of changing into the “corona capital” of the nation, noticed the Delhi High Court whereas expressing concern over the spike in COVID-19 instances and directed that each one personal hospitals outfitted with labs to check for coronavirus and having ICMR sanction be permitted to conduct the take a look at.
Delhi recorded 2,137 contemporary coronavirus instances on Friday, the very best single-day spike right here, taking the COVID-19 tally within the metropolis to over 36,000-mark, and the death toll because of the illness climbed to 1214, authorities mentioned.
For the final one or two months, the instances of COVID-19 are doubling after each two weeks, he mentioned. The Delhi authorities on Friday mentioned it accepts the observations of the Supreme Court with “absolute sincerity” and if any hole is delivered to its discover, the adminstration will work on it “immediately”.
Meanwhile, sources mentioned, a group from Delhi secretariat visited LNJP Hospital and the morgue on the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC).
This got here a day after a non-public channel aired a video purportedly exhibiting a physique mendacity in a ward on the LNJP Hospital, a devoted COVID-19 facility.
Sources additionally mentioned, motion has been taken towards two workers on this connection.
However, there was no official affirmation from the hospital authorities on these developments. Jain in response to a query, had advised reporters on Thursday, the video didn’t present the “true picture of the hospital” and “breaks the morale” of healthcare staff. On the allegation that MCD hospitals are not getting used by the Delhi authorities, the well being minister on Friday mentioned that these hospitals are not for use by the Delhi authorities.
“They have to treat the patients of COVID-19 themselves. All the central government hospitals have done so. The MCD have their own hospitals, and they can treat COVID-19 patients there. We are not taking over their hospitals. Just as the Centre, municipal corporations can start the treatment of COVID-19 patients if they have hospitals,” he mentioned.
“Their hospitals have a lot of ICU beds. There are around 13,000 beds in the central government hospitals, we would like to request the Centre to use those beds for COVID-19 treatment,” Jain added.