Few Covid patients in Delhi need intensive care, oxygen: doctors | Latest Delhi News

Even amid an uptick in Covid-19 cases in the nation’s capital, the number of hospitalized patients continues to be marginal, with even fewer requiring intensive care, oxygen and respiratory support, officials said. health experts in Delhi.

Delhi government data shows that on Saturday, out of 3,705 active cases in the city, only 101 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals. This means that nearly 99% of Delhi’s 9,489 hospital beds are vacant.

Of the 101 hospitalized patients, only 29 were in intensive care units (ICUs), 19 required oxygen support and four critically ill patients required respiratory support. Of the 94 patients admitted to dedicated Covid hospitals on Friday, 28 patients were in intensive care, 21 were on oxygen support and two patients needed to be put on ventilators.

Senior officials from the Delhi government’s health department have said that more than 90% of people admitted to hospitals are either elderly, largely over the age of 75, or people with serious health conditions. pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, tumors, and lung and kidney problems. .

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“During the Omicron wave in December and January as well, we saw low hospital admissions compared to previous waves. This time it is even lower, although we have not yet reached a wave Hospitalized patients are those whose health condition, even without Covid, was critical and those who died from the infection are also those who suffered from serious comorbidities,” said a senior health official.

Health experts also said there was no reason to panic as long as hospital admissions were low. They stressed, however, that following Covid-appropriate behavior was essential to ensure the protection of the elderly and vulnerable sections.

“Delhi has reached a point where a large number of people have already been infected and have reached a certain level of antibodies. The vaccination rate is also quite high in the capital. The low number of hospital admissions is a a good sign, but we have to be careful for the safety of vulnerable sections, people with co-morbidities and the elderly,” said Dr. Jugal Kishore, Head of Department of Community Medicine at Safdarjung Hospital.

According to the published bulletin, Delhi added 1,094 infections on Saturday compared to 1,042 cases the day before.

There was no change in the positivity rate (sample of tests that return a positive result) remained almost the same, with 4.82% of samples from the 22,714 tests performed that came back positive.

Two people also died of Covid on Saturday.

With Saturday’s figures, the cumulative number of cases in Delhi reached 1,873,793 and the cumulative case positivity rate of 4.97%.


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