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Delhi sets up oxygen concentrator bank, positivity rate down to 11 per cent

New Delhi, may 15 (MNN) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that the coronavirus positivity rate had decreased to 11 per cent in the national capital compared with 12 per cent earlier on, and reported 6,500 new cases in the last 24 hours.

On Friday, 8,500 new cases were recorded in Delhi, he said while pointing out that corona situation was improving in the national capital.

He however cautioned that efforts to tackle the virus should not be slackened, adding that his government had added 500 more Intensive Care Unit beds on Friday.

“In the last 15 days, 1,000 ICU beds were added in Delhi, which has surprised everyone. For this, I thank all the doctors and engineer concerned,” the Chief Minister added.

Kejriwal also announced that his government was starting oxygen concentrator banks in every district of Delhi from Saturday.

“Every Delhi district will get 200 oxygen concentrators, which are needed to save the lives of patients,” he said.

He pointed out that timely supply of medical oxygen can save human lives.

“We have seen that in case such oxygen is not supplied in time, it can lead to hospitalisation and even death in certain cases,” he pointed out.

He said that whenever one need such concentrators, these will be supplied to patients’ homes within two hours. “However, our doctors will have to certify if a particular patient requires oxygen concentrators. Even the cured patients will get to use these at their homes. Our officials will remain in touch with all patients.”

Kejriwal said that when the concentrators are returned after use, these would be sanitised before these are handed over to other patients.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also tweeted later on: “The first ever Oxygen Concentrator Bank has been set up to strengthen the battle against coronavirus in Delhi. Those in home isolation or discharged from hospitals can dial 1031 can avail of the facility in case of need, on the advice of doctor or prescription.”

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