Delhi govt likely to launch app for electric ambulance service for COVID-19 patients

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New Delhi, Nov 11 (PTI) With the national capital witnessing a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, the Delhi government is likely to launch a dedicated mobile application for the electric ambulance service for coronavirus patients in home isolation, sources said on Wednesday.

They said such ambulances will ferry those patients whose condition is not serious.

According to the health department, over 24,000 coronavirus patients were in home isolation in the national capital till Tuesday.

Patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms are suggested by the authorities to stay in home isolation if they have facilities for the same at their residence.

A source said that Prakriti E-Mobility Pvt Ltd, which is an app-based Electric Vehicle (EV) taxi service provider, may be engaged by the Delhi government to start electric ambulance facility, adding that the new service is likely to be launched in the 'next one-two days'.

'The electric-vehicle ambulance service will provide transportation service for the COVID-19 patients in home isolation, whose condition is not serious,' the source said On Tuesday, Delhi recorded its sharpest single-day spike of 7,830 fresh COVID-19 cases which took the national capital's infection tally to over 4.5 lakh, and 83 more fatalities -- the highest since June 16.

The fresh infections, which took the city's case count to 4,51,382, came out of 59,035 tests conducted the previous day. The positivity rate stood at 13.26 per cent.

Delhi's previous highest single-day spike of 7,745 cases was recorded on Sunday. PTI BUN RHL