The city’s ambulance brigade has been put on high alert, after a series of deaths from cardiac arrest, coronavirus and other emergencies.
The city has reported a total of 15 deaths and 3,400 injuries in the past three weeks, with coronaviruses in four of those deaths.
The chief commissioner of the Delhi Fire Service, Sitaram Raval, said the city’s ambulances have been in a state of emergency for more than two months.
The number of ambulances has doubled since the outbreak began in January, he said.
“We had an order to go to the point where we had no ambulance at all,” Raval told reporters.
“So we did that.
But we did not have a proper response.”
In some areas, the city has been under a state-of-emergency.
In the capital, there have been several cases of coronaviral-related deaths.
Ambulance services in some parts of Delhi have been ordered to stop providing emergency services to residents, or to use other ambulances, even as a high-level health official warned that the city was at risk of a new pandemic.
The health ministry said it was monitoring a situation in which emergency services are not being provided.
In another case, an ambulance in the city center was parked for a while without providing ambulance service to residents.
But soon after the ambulance was parked, residents complained to the fire chief, who ordered it to return to its normal mode.
“This is the first time the ambulance has been parked on the road without providing emergency care to residents,” the fire brigade’s chief superintendent of operations, K.V. Gopalan, told Reuters news agency.
The fire brigade said in a statement that it has also been ordered by the city administration to “immediately close the road to all traffic, except for emergency vehicles.”
A spokeswoman for the fire department in the western city of Surat said the fire service had been asked to provide ambulances for residents and emergency personnel in the affected areas.
The district administration of the western Indian city of Bhopal said its ambulance services were also on high-alert.
“The Bhopals fire department has been directed to immediately close the roads in the district to all vehicular traffic,” the district administration said in an emailed statement.
Ambiguity The government has made it clear that it wants to control the outbreak in order to curb the spread of coronivirus.
But it has been unclear how much control the city government has actually had.
The Indian government has issued several emergency orders to impose restrictions on the spread, but the extent of these restrictions have not been clearly defined.
An official in the fire marshal’s office in the eastern city of Pune said on condition of anonymity that in the previous 24 hours, there had been some 200 orders issued, but none that would apply to the whole of the city.
“In the past 24 hours only six orders have been issued,” the official said.
It was unclear whether these orders were directed against the ambulance brigade or to a specific area.
The police and fire departments have been asked not to give ambulances to anyone, even if they are the ones in the path of the fire.
The government also announced it would impose a toll on cars that fail to pay their toll.
But the government has not yet made the toll clear.
“All this is done in order not to damage the image of the ambulance service, but in order that we can provide proper care for people,” the chief fire commissioner said.
In Bhopala, the fire force chief said he would take action against those who fail to follow the rules.
“There are a lot of rules that we follow and we are following them,” he told Reuters.
“If a person doesn’t follow the rule then he has to pay a fine and be taken out of the service.”