In every district of Delhi, there will be a bank with 200 oxygen concentrators, CM Arvind Kejriwal said in a televised briefing today. He added a team of the Delhi government would reach the patient within two hours of their request.…
Any patient can dial the helpline number - 1031 - to get added to the government's list of patients isolated at their homes.
Much like rest of India, Delhi had been witnessing an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks. In mid-April, daily cases had reached nearly 30,000. Due to the surge, hospitals remained overwhelmed and reported an acute shortage of beds and oxygen.
The graph concerning new coronavirus cases is finally coming down in Delhi - the city reported 8,500 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The positivity rate also dropped to 12%, the city government said.

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