Kejriwal cites ‘Covid crisis’, asks Centre to help with ICU beds

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Delhi today reported its highest-ever daily spike of 25,500 coronavirus cases with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requesting the Central government to provide more hospital beds and oxygen to tackle the Covid19 crisis.

While addressing a virtual press conference, Kejriwal said he has appealed to the Centre for help. “We are asking for help from the Center, and we thank the government for the assistance received so far.”

He said that he spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and informed him about the dearth of beds in Delhi hospitals.

“Less than 100 ICU beds left and there’s oxygen shortage.Spoke to Dr Harsh Vardhan yesterday and Amit Shah ji this morning regarding lack of beds and informed them that we’re in dire need,” CM Kejriwal said.

The Centre should reserve at least 7,000 of 10,000 beds in hospitals run by it in Delhi as Covid beds and ensure immediate supply of oxygen, he said.

The Delhi government has created 2,100 oxygen beds by attaching banquet halls and hotels to the hospitals. The chief minister also added that the state government is preparing beds on a large scale in Yamuna Sports Complex and Commonwealth Game Village.