All hands on the deck in Covid fight
NEW DELHI: The capital recorded its highest single-day spike with 1,295 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total count to 19,844, while the death toll reached 473, the authorities said. The previous single-day highest spike was 1,163 on Saturday.
Delhi government, in its daily bulletin, said the cumulative death figure referred to the fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be Covid-19 on the basis of case sheets received from hospitals. “A total of 57 deaths were declared on May 30. These deaths took place throughout May, and not on a single day,” a senior official said. On Saturday, the total number of Covid-19 cases stood at 18,549, including 416 deaths.
Delhi government has issued show-cause notices to AIIMS, Lok Nayak, RML and Safdarjung hospitals to explain reasons for the delay in reporting death cases. While Lok Nayak Hospital is a dedicated Covid-19 facility run by the state government, the other three are under the central government.
“Show-cause notices have been issued to AIIMS, LNJP Hospital, RML Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital to explain the reasons for delay in reporting death cases and for violation of the directions issued by the Delhi health department, as well as by DDMA under the Disaster Management Act,” the health department said in a statement.
Besides, memoranda have been issued to Baba Saheb Ambedkar, GTB and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospitals to explain the reasons for “delay in reporting death cases and for violation of directions” issued by the health and other authorities.
The statement also said an advisory had been issued to Lok Nayak Hospital “to be careful in the future” and follow the orders and guidelines issued by the department in letter and spirit so that “no anomaly” was reported in death figures by the government.
Facing criticism for “under-reporting” Covid-19 deaths, Delhi government recently issued a standard operating procedure for hospitals and other health facilities in the city on reporting fatalities due to the novel coronavirus infection.
The government also issued orders regarding additional guidelines for better management of bodies of Covid-19 patients/suspects at the mortuaries at various state-run hospitals.