Delhi ropes in more doctors, paramedics to deal with spike in COVID-19 cases

November 18, 2020 0 By FM

India reported 38,478 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday. The new incidences took the nation’s case tally to 89,12,704. The overall active cases totalled to 4,46,657 as of now. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease reached 83,33,013 with 44,671 patients getting discharged yesterday. The death toll mounted to 1,31,031 with 471 new fatalities.

Delhi reported 6,396 new COVID-19 infections, 4,421 recoveries and 99 deaths on Tuesday. The case tally rose to 4,95,598, of which 42,004 are active infections. The total recoveries have reached 4,45,782 and the deaths stood at 7,812.

The national capital recorded over one lakh new coronavirus cases and about 1,202 deaths between November 1-16 while nearly 94,000 COVID-19 patients got recovered during the same period, according to official data released on Tuesday.

The city witnessed a sudden spike in coronavirus cases since October 28 when the daily incidences breached the 5,000 cases for the first time which then crossed the 8000-mark on November 11. The city also saw a spike in the number of COVID-19 related deaths reaching 104 on November 12.

The Union Health Ministry said it will augment Delhi’s ICU bed capacity from 3,500 to 6,000 over the next few days, bring in 325 doctors and paramedical staff to address manpower shortage, and double COVID-19 testing capacity in the city, which has seen a surge in infections and deaths over the past few weeks.

Around 75 doctors and 250 paramedics from central forces are also being roped in. “Half of them have already joined and the rest will be in soon. This will ensure that there is no shortage in trained manpower to tackle the COVID situation in Delhi,” said NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul.

Kerala, on Tuesday, reported 5,792 new cases of COVID-19 after testing 56,157 samples. The test positivity rate remained steady at 10.3%. The total number of confirmed has reached 5,33,501 of which the number of active cases stood at 70,074, as of now. So far, 4,61,394 persons in the state have recovered from the virus infection. With 27 recent deaths, the total fatalities took to 1,915.

According to official figures, 894 COVID-19 patients in the state are critically ill and being treated in ICUs in various hospitals, with 220 requiring ventilator support.

Of the 5,792 new cases reported on Tuesday, 5,688 cases are locally acquired infections, with the epidemiological link remaining untraced in 639 cases. The number of healthcare workers among this who contracted the infection is 64.

Malappuram accounted for six deaths, Thiruvananthapuram five, Kozhikode four, Thrissur three, Kollam and Ernakulam two each while Kannur, Kasaragod, Palakkad, Kottayam and Alappuzha reported one death each.

West Bengal added 3,654 new infections taking the total caseload to 4,38,217. The active infections stood at 27,111 in the state. As many as 4,388 patients were recovered yesterday while 52 patients succumbed to ailments from the infection. The total recoveries went up to 4,03,340 till now and the fatalities totalled 7,766.


Maharashtra reported 2,732 new COVID-19 incidences on Tuesday. The overall case tally stood at 17,52,509 with 81,925 active infections. As many as 5,123 patients saw recovery during the day taking the total recoveries to 16,23,503. 68 new deaths took the overall deaths due to the pandemic in the state to 46,102.