Delhi Hospitals Only For Residents, Borders Opens From Tomorrow: Kejriwal

Delhi Reserves Hospitals For Residents, Opens Borders From Tomorrow
Arvind Kejriwa
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal interacts during the first Town Hall Meeting to discuss ‘AAP Ka Report Card’ in New Delhi on Dec 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: Hospitals run by the Delhi government and some private hospitals will be reserved only for residents of the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today, amid a huge controversy over availability of beds. At the same time, he said that Delhi will unseal its borders, 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. Then borders, he added, will be open from tomorrow.

The number of coronavirus patients in the city has been spiralling over the last week, registering a jump of more than a thousand patients each day. The total in the national capital has now crossed 27,000.

The decision, Mr Kejriwal said, was made on the advice of a special five-member committee of doctors formed. The committee has estimated that by the end of June, Delhi will need 15,000 beds. “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,” Mr Kejriwal said at a virtual press conference today.

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