60.8% of beds with ventilators and 65.4% of those without ventilators are occupied

The Capital on Wednesday witnessed the highest COVID-19 tally with 4,473 cases being reported in the past 24 hours. Delhi also saw the second highest number of daily tests — 62,593 — on Wednesday, according to Delhi government’s health bulletin.

Of the total 2,30,269 cases, 1,94,516 people have recovered and there are 30,914 active cases. Also, 33 more deaths were reported, swelling the death count to 4,839.

Out of the total 14,521 beds available for COVID-19 treatment, 53.2% were vacant, as per government data on Wednesday. But 60.8% of the ICU beds with ventilators have been occupied and 65.4% of the ICU beds without ventilators are full.

Taking the crisis into consideration, the government has declared 100 beds each for COVID-19 treatment in government-run Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, according to an official order.

“In view of the pandemic, to augment the availability of beds for COVID-19 patients in NCT of Delhi, Government of NCT of Delhi has decided to declare the following hospitals as designated COVID hospitals partially for admitting confirmed/suspected cases in addition to the already designated COVID hospitals,” an order issued on Tuesday by the Delhi government read.

Rate spike

The positivity rate (percentage of people testing positive for every 100 tests done) has slightly gone up to 7.1% from 6.8%. The number of containment zones jumped to 1,637, the highest so far.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain told the media that positivity rate has decreased from 8% last week to 6.8%. The death rate of last one week is 0.71%. “Scientists told me that in some people antibodies are less and in some, antibodies decrease after a few months. But memory cells remain in the body and if reinfection occurs, they trigger and won’t let it [disease] happen,” explained Mr. Jain about antibodies not being found in some people who were tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, The Hindu had reported that according to the second serological survey done in August by the Delhi government, 30% of the 257 people who had recovered from COVID-19 and tested for antibodies against the virus did not have any trace of it.

But experts said there was no need to “panic” as the neutralising antibodies (IgG) tend to vanish after three months. But in most cases the memory cells will remember the virus and trigger an immune response if the person, who recovered from COVID-19, is again attacked by the virus.

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