Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced, “No death in our biggest Covid hospital LNJP yesterday.”
Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of the hospital, attributed the feat to “extensive ICU care, plasma bank, top healthcare facilities and dedication of doctors and healthcare workers”.
At least one death due to the virus was recorded daily in the past couple of months, but on Monday, there was no fatality, Kumar said. Till Tuesday evening, about 389 (19%) of the hospital’s 2,000 beds were occupied by Covid patients. Of these, 88 were in ICU and two on ventilators, he added.
Delhi recorded 1,056 fresh novel coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to over 1.3 lakh, while the fatalities jumped to 3,881.The state health department said 28 fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours.
In June, Delhi saw a huge surge in the infection and death rate, which started to come down in July. The AAP government had claimed that a multi-pronged strategy of aggressive testing, home isolation policy and public engagement were the attributing factors for the drop.
In its weekly report on Covid status, Delhi government had stated that since the beginning of July, death rate had reduced from 3.1% to 2.9%, showing greater recovery rate. “As on July 26, the positivity rate, average rate of samples testing positive, has steadily fallen to 6%, from 11% in the beginning of the month,” said an official. She added that the active cases had reduced to less than 10% of the total.
The official said that bed occupancy in the hospitals had been reducing consistently, and only 2,800 beds were occupied last week. “Low occupancy of beds is reflective of the reducing number of serious patients,” said a senior doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital.