Delhi sees 43% rise in number of COVID-19 patients under home isolation in August

As of 1 September, of the total 15,870 active cases in the National Capital, more than half (8,119) were under home quarantine, data from the Delhi govt showed

Press Trust of India September 04, 2020 00:32:04 IST
Delhi sees 43% rise in number of COVID-19 patients under home isolation in August

New Delhi: The number of COVID-19 patients in home isolation in Delhi has increased by 43 percent as active cases rose by 50 percent in a month, according to Delhi government data.

The city reported 10,596 active cases on 1 August. Of them, 5,660 were in home isolation. Only 2,979 of the 13,578 hospital beds were occupied a month ago.

Whereas, government data shows, the number of patients in home isolation increased to 8,119 and active cases rose to 15,870 by 1 September.

Patients under home quarantine saw a marginal increase in the first 15 days of August — from 5,660 to 5,809 — while the number of active cases rose by 893 to reach 11,489.

The number of patients in home isolation dropped to 5,707, while active cases reduced to 11,271 by 20 August owing to a good recovery rate.

Out of the 11,998 cases on 25 August, around 6,000 patients were recovering in their home, an analysis of Delhi government's health bulletins show.

With Delhi witnessing a marked uptick in new cases, the number of patients in home isolation crossed the 7,000 mark on 29 August. It rose to 8,119 on Tuesday.

The National Capital had 15,870 active COVID-19 cases as on Tuesday.

The city on Wednesday recorded 2,509 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in around two months. The daily cases count was 2,312 on Tuesday and 1,358 on Monday.

The city reported 1,808 new cases on Friday, 1,954 on Saturday, 2,024 on Sunday.

Experts attribute the increase in new cases to increased public movement after easing of lockdown restrictions, non-residents coming to Delhi for treatment and return of migrant labourers from other states.

Government data shows that of the 8,577 COVID-19 patients admitted to city hospitals in August, 2,536 or nearly 30 percent belonged to other states, mostly from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

The rise in the number of new cases has also led to a 44 percent increase in the demand for beds in hospitals in the city since July end.

The occupancy of beds reserved for COVID-19 patients was 18 percent on 30 July, with only 2,958 out of 16,038 beds being occupied.

It increased to 30 percent on Thursday, with 4,278 out of 14,146 beds occupied, according to data shared by the hospitals on Delhi Corona app. As many as 8,407 patients were in home isolation.

In June, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal made a five-day institutional quarantine mandatory for every COVID-19 patient under home quarantine in Delhi, a move that the Delhi government has said will put considerable pressure on the city's already stressed health infrastructure.

It said the decision was "arbitrary" and will "seriously harm" the national capital.

The AAP government''s thrust has been on home isolation for asymptomatic patients.

Later, the government had said that the L-G's reservations were resolved and the home isolation model would continue.

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