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Is The COVID-19 Situation Worsening In Delhi? National Capital Growing Coronavirus Cases Explained

As the number of coronavirus cases spikes in national capital once again, NDTV speaks with experts to understand the surge in COVID-19 numbers

Is The COVID-19 Situation Worsening In Delhi? National Capital Growing Coronavirus Cases Explained

New Delhi: The national capital is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases yet again. According to the latest health bulletin issued by the government, Delhi recorded as many as 5,664 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state to over 3.92 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 6,562. As per the data, fifty-one fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours. This was the fifth consecutive day that Delhi recorded over 5,000 cases, after a week of recording 3,000-4,000 cases in a day. According to a health bulletin issued by the Delhi government, 44,623 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

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The surge in Delhi COVID-19 cases have also started to be seen in the COVID hospitals, currently, 66 per cent, or 825 out of a total 1,244, of Delhi’s total ICU beds with ventilators are occupied, shows this morning’s data on Delhi government’s mobile app on all COVID-related information – Delhi Corona.

Max Healthcare, Fortis, Apollo and Batra are among the biggest private hospitals in Delhi and as per the data on the app, all the 84 ICU beds with ventilators in these facilities were occupied at 8 am this morning. Along with private, Government hospitals are also facing very heavy caseload of severely ill patients, with only a few ICU-ventilator beds now vacant.

At All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)- New Delhi only 5 out of 50 ICU beds with ventilators were available. At Safdarjung – Delhi’s largest government hospital – only 1 bed out of 54 is vacant, while only 11 out of 200 ICU-ventilator beds were available at the 900-bed Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, a COVID-only facility.
NDTV speaks with experts to understand this surge in the national capital region as the trends on Delhi COVID number suggest that the state is heading towards its third peak and it is a possibility that this will be more severe.

Dr Arvind Kumar, Chairman, Centre For Chest Surgery said,

The numbers are huge but I am not surprised with this. As we move ahead with coronavirus pandemic, I have seen people developing the sense of complacency, now they are thinking that the numbers have started to decrease and they are kind of in the safe zone. Over these past few days, we have seen the decreasing adherence of three basic rules that are known to cure COVID – masking, social distancing and handwashing. Secondly, we have just finished one major festival and we are heading towards more festivities, which will lead to a large number of people coming together for various activities, thirdly and more severe one, if we look at the PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5 levels in the city, it is on the rise and will continue to rise in the coming few months and researches worldwide have shown that it has a deleterious effect on the incident and as well as mortality of COVID-19. I think these three things are leading to this rise in Delhi cases and as a doctor, my biggest fear is that if the number trend continues like this, we will be headed towards a disaster.

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Further talking about air pollution and its link with COVID, Dr Arvind Kumar said that there are two studies that have come in the recent past – one shows that the incidents of COVID are high in higher polluted areas and the other has shown that there is more COVID mortality in areas where there is more PM 2.5. He added,

One of the theories that has come in these studies is that the COVID virus gets latched on surfaces of these particles and when the pollution levels spike in the area, more people tend to inhale the PM 2.5 particles, which goes deep into the lungs of the human body thereby infecting the person with the virus. As a result, it is said that in areas where pollution is high the chances of getting infected in that region is much high s compared to areas with low pollution.

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Putting the context of air pollution in the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the national capital, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS said,

I think this is just the resurgence of the second wave in the national capital as when we say the third wave, we have to have the second wave numbers coming down drastically for a substantial time period. In Delhi, when we had the second wave the cases went up to 4,000 and more and they came down to 2,000 and not more. And now again the numbers have started to increase, i think this is just the resurgence of the second wave itself. It is a cause of concern definitely, as we are showing a decreasing trend across the country whereas in Delhi the numbers are growing and it is related to number of factors – air pollution, people becoming careless and not following COVID appropriate behaviour and thirdly because of the festivities and celebrations, people are coming together in large numbers.

On the other hand, Dr Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of LNJP Hospital told NDTV,

When temperature dips, the severity of the disease increases. We are seeing more serious patients in Emergency. We used to have 40-50 ICU patients every day but now we are seeing 80-90 for the last 3-4 days. Due to pollution and COVID, the oxygen levels go down for the patient and respiratory issues get worse.

Whereas, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that ‘aggressive contact tracing’ was the primary reason for the sudden increase in numbers in the capital, while addressing the media on Sunday (November 1). He said,

If a person tests positive then his entire family and the people in contact have to be tested, thus more cases of COVID-19 were recorded. Earlier six-seven contacts of a positive person were traced, now this number has crossed 15. Aggressive contact tracing is the immediate cause for a sudden spike in numbers because random testing hasn’t recorded as many cases. The Minister also said that only 40 per cent of COVID-19 beds were occupied in the capital. He added, “We still have around 9,500 beds available in hospitals.”

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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