The rapid spread of Coronavirus in Delhi has resulted in the health system collapsing. While the demand for RT-PCR or antigen test has also skyrocketed, many private labs have reportedly stopped taking swab samples for at least two days. According to the Health Bulletin of Delhi on Tuesday evening, 86,526 tests were conducted in Delhi in the last 24 hours. Due to shortage of manpower and increased burden on the existing infrastructure, the labs are now temporarily closed for at least a few days.
According to the ICMR guidelines, the test rilts have to be uploaded within 24 hours of the sample being taken. However, as congestion increases, testing centers are reporting within 48 hours. To keep pace with the Covid-19 surge and investigate delays in test reports, the Delhi government also issued an order on 16 April.
Apart from delay in testing, the lack of oxygen supply has also caused significant damage to the national capital, as Delhi is grappling with yet another deadly fourth wave. The Delhi Police has now stepped in to ensure timely supply of oxygen to hospitals.
Delhi Police is now constructing a green corridor to transport oxygen containers to hospitals without interruption. On Monday night, two such containers were stuck in traffic jams while going from Greater Noida and Faridabad.
The treatment of at least 235 patients in hospitals in outer Delhi depended on these two containers, which reached their destination after timely action by the police. Both containers were carrying around 19,500 liters of oxygen. Till then police also arranged 25 cylinders from four hospitals for Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in Paschim Vihar.
Paschim Vihar East Police Station, under whose jurisdiction this hospital falls, formed two escort teams and sent them in separate emergency action vehicles to Greater Noida and Faridabad. The escort teams were directed to contact the drivers of both containers, find their exact location and transport them to the hospital as soon as possible.
On the condition of an identification, a police official said the vehicles were told to keep the sirens and lights on, so that motorists could see the emergency and give them a way to go further.
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