Delhi puts the focus on home isolation norms



New Delhi

Amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government has directed district health teams to visit patients under home isolation to ensure that they follow all norms, while the RT-PCR testing capacity has been raised to 37,000 tests a day to tackle the situation.

As many as 411 ICU beds have been added in hospitals run by the Delhi government and the Centre in the last five days, a move that comes against the backdrop of the AAP dispensation announcing reservation of 80 per cent of ICU beds in the city’s private hospitals for COVID-19 patients.

“Several private hospitals have also added more ICU beds after they were told to reserve 80 per cent of them for COVID-19 patients,” an official said.

A day after raising the penalty for various violations, the Delhi police on Saturday imposed the fine of Rs 2,000 on more than 1,300 people till 4 PM in the city.

The national capital has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases since October 28, when the daily caseload breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and recorded the highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases on November 11.