Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said close to 10,000 beds can be added in the national capital if it is supplied with 700 MT of oxygen daily. "Won't let any patient die due to oxygen shortage if we get 700 MT daily. We can immediately add around 9,500 beds if Delhi gets 700 MT oxygen daily," Kejriwal said addressing a virtual press conference.
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In a first, the national capital was supplied with 730 metric tonnes of oxygen on May 5. "I thank the Delhi High Court, the Supreme Court and the Centre; this step will save many lives. Delhi needs 700 metric tonnes of oxygen daily till the second COVID wave subsides," he said. Kejriwal also requested healthcare facilities, who had reduced the number of beds due to oxygen shortage, to increase beds again. This way, he added, 1,000-2,000 more beds will be added, he said.
He added that around 1.3 lakh people in the 18-44 age group have been vaccinated in Delhi in the last three days. Kejriwal said 35.74 lakh vaccine doses had been administered in Delhi so far.
Around 28 lakh have received a single dose and 7.76 lakh both doses of the vaccine, he said.