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After Maharashtra, Delhi has maximum active cases of Covid-19 while Maharashtra has 39,935 active cases, the corresponding figure for Delhi is 14,456. The spike in active cases in the national capital, officials said, has been caused due to sudden increase in new cases.

To deal with the critically ill, the government has directed state-run hospitals that have been designated for Covid management– to upgrade their facilities in three weeks. It would include adding more ventilator beds, beds equipped with oxygen support and recovery or observation beds.

Amid reports of people being turned back or made to wait for a long time at hospitals, the Delhi government on Thursday issued a new standard operating procedure or SOP for treating coronavirus patients.

The government order also states that if bed is not available in a hospital, it will be sole responsibility of the hospital to transfer the patient to other hospital and till that happens, the hospital will provide available medical facilities.

According to the rules, COVID-19 patients shall be brought to the triage area from the ambulance without asking for any details. This process must be completed in 15 minutes. Doctors on call must attend to the patient within an hour. Food and water should be available in the waiting area as well.

The rules also spell out steps for patients who fall in the moderate to asymptomatic categories, detailing how they should be quarantined and discharged.

Another crisis is lack of testing facilities. With as many as eight labs being barred from testing pending investigation into certain complaints raised against them, many people said they were finding it difficult to get tests done.

The rules came on a day when the central government expressed concern about the COVID-19 situation in Delhi as the capital recorded 1,359 fresh coronavirus cases, which took the city’s tally past the 25,000-mark, and the number of deaths to 650.

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