Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

Delhi govt. defends decision on bed reservation for COVID-19 patients

Tullamore Hospital operating at close to full capacity as Covid-19 cases increase Tullamore Hospital operating at close to full capacity as Covid-19 cases increase
Deanna Wagner | 18 October, 2020, 05:16

The Delhi government said several other states like Maharashtra and Odisha have also taken similar steps and put in place similar measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fourteen patients are now being treated on the ward and six beds are vacant.

The affidavit filed by the Delhi government through additional standing counsel Sanjoy Ghose and advocate Urvi Mohan also stated that more than 1, 150 nursing homes/private hospitals are registered with the Delhi government and the said order in question is not applicable to more than 1, 000 nursing homes/private hospitals, leaving them specifically to cater to the needs of non-covid patients. Two further patients are suspected to have the virus.

Tullamore Hospital continues to operate at close to full capacity as confirmed Covid-19 cases have increased at the hospital. The situation would have been "alarming" had these hospitals not been directed to increase the number of ICU beds in the hospital at appropriate time, the government said in the reply.

The spokesperson for MRHP confirmed that the medical ward is now closed to new admissions because of Covid-19 cases among "a number of patients and staff members".

Meanwhile five patients with Covid 19 are being treated at Naas Hospital according to the latest figures released by the HSE, one of which was confirmed in the previous 24 hours.

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The number of hospitalised cases dropped from 240 on Monday to 214 last night but rose again today to 238.

"Covid-19 testing and contact tracing of both staff and patients is actively ongoing to ensure the protection of public health".

All other services at the facility are operating as normal and those with appointments should attend them unless contacted directly by hospital staff.

In accordance with HPSC guidelines, the Hospital Outbreak Control Team was convened.

In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH also reported 3,139 new cases of Covid-19, with total active cases at 50,354. Staff and patients have been provided with key hospital contacts if any concerns need to be addressed.