Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that hospitals run by the state government and some private ones would be reserved for residents of the national capital till the corona pandemic subsides. The move comes as the number of cases in the national capital is on the rise.
While addressing citizens via video conference, he said that Delhi will unseal its borders from tomorrow(May 8), which were sealed in the first place “thinking that our hospitals will be flooded with people from other states”.
“For now, we have decided that the 10,000 beds under the Delhi government will be kept for residents. The beds under the Central government can be used by all. Private hospitals covering special treatment will be opened to all,” the Chief Minister said.
The decision has been taken following suggestions from the citizens as well an expert committee headed by vice-chancellor of IP University Dr Mahesh Verma. “They believe that the 9,000 beds that are currently with us will be taken over in three days if we allow people from other states to take admission,” he said.
Last week, the government announced some relaxations–I.e on the number of commuters that can be ferried by autos, e-rickshaws or gramin sewa vehicles, no cap in case of private cars, and two-wheelers. However, the borders were kept shut to contain rising number of positive cases in the city. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases crossed the 28,000-mark with 1,282 fresh infections while the death toll climbed to 812 on Sunday.