10,000 beds

20,000

March 20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

“There is nothing to worry”

On March 31, Delhi’s chief minister announces that Covid-19 bed capacity will be increased. At least 15 private hospitals and one central government hospital ran out of COVID-19 ICU beds with ventilators.

April 1

2

No lockdown

On April 2, Kejriwal says there are no plans for a lockdown in Delhi. The current wave—Delhi’s fourth—is “less serious” than the last.

3

4

5

6

Increased capacity

On the 6th, private hospitals with more than 100 beds are asked to reserve 30% for Covid patients. It comes just two days after being instructed to increase reserved beds from 15% to 25%.

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Unconventional conversions

The government orders several hotels and banquet halls to become “extended Covid hospitals” with oxygen beds, on April 14. These sites, however, only take in non-serious cases.

15

16

17

18

DRDO steps in

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital—which had been closed since the beginning of February—is reopened by India’s ministry of defence, adding 250 Covid-19 beds to Delhi’s count. The hospital later added another 250.

19

20

21

Lockdown

Delhi implements a six-day lockdown on April 21, which is later extended to May 3.

22

23

24

Out of oxygen

On April 24, The city announces new oxygen generation plants as hospitals tweet messages desperately seeking more. Delhi’s chief minister asks other states for help.

25

26

27

Leaving the city

With few Covid-19 beds left in Delhi, hospitals in neighbouring states see an influx of patients from the capital.

Data: Delhi Government