In order to reduce the burden on ambulances already working at full capacity, 10 auto-ambulances were launched in Delhi on 4 May to serve Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms requiring oxygen support.
The patients can avail ‘free-of-cost’ services of these autos converted into ambulances to reach hospitals. Each auto-ambulance is equipped with an oxygen cylinder and a sanitiser, media reported.
Launched by AAP in collaboration with TYCIA Foundation, these auto-ambulances have been introduced with an objective to ensure that mild symptomatic patients with oxygen levels between 85 to 90 can reach nearby hospitals in time.
Singh took to Twitter to share pictures of these auto-ambulances along with the drivers dressed in PPE kits. Sharing a video, he tweeted, “Free auto service is helping people reach hospitals. From 6 May 20 more such auto services will be started. It’s a time of crisis and everyone should work together.”
Any Covid-19 patient with mild symptoms requiring oxygen support can now contact auto-ambulances for reaching a hospital as 10 such modified three-wheelers were launched in Delhi. Covid-19 patients in need of this service, can book it through two numbers—9818430043 and 011-41236614.
The death toll in Delhi has reached 18,063, while the total tally stands at 12,53,902, of which over 11.43 lakh are recoveries, as per the Delhi government data.
Continuing the surge, India on 6 May reported 4,12,262 new cases and 3,980 deaths in the last 24 hours. India had become the first country in the world to register over 4 lakh infections in a single day on 30 April, when it reported 4.08 lakh infections. The new infections have pushed India’s caseload to over 2.06 crore while active cases stand at 35.66 lakh.
Meanwhile, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister on 5 May said a third wave of Covid-19 was inevitable given the high levels of the circulating virus and that they couldn’t predict a time frame for it. The Centre also said that the “surge in cases seen over the last one and a half month in some states” shows a “correlation with the rise in (presence) B.1.617.”