Kejriwal says rise in infections due to relaxations, private hospitals to reserve 20% beds for Covid patients

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Arvind Kejriwal said a show-cause notice has been issued to a private hospital in Delhi which denied treatment to a patient who tested positive for Covid-19.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo: PTI)

The Delhi government has ordered 117 private hospitals in the city to reserve 20 per cent of the beds for the people who have tested positive for coronavirus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.

He also said that a show-cause notice has been issued to a private hospital in Delhi which denied treatment to a patient who tested positive for Covid-19.

Addressing a digital press conference, Arvind Kejriwal said, “We have issued a show-cause notice to a private hospital that denied treatment to a patient who tested positive for Covid-19. It is the hospital’s duty in such a case to provide an ambulance to the patient & take them to a coronavirus hospital.”

Arvind Kejriwal said at the private hospitals, 509 of total 677 beds are currently occupied by the coronavirus patients.

“The Delhi government ordered 117 private hospitals to reserve 20 per cent beds for patients seeking treatment for the contagious disease,” Arvind Kejriwal said, adding that the private hospitals have 72 ventilators of which, only 15 are being used by the coronavirus patients.

About 3,314 patients with mild symptoms were being treated at homes, Arvind Kejriwal said.

Asserting that there is no need to worry, Arvind Kejriwal also said that the coronavirus cases in Delhi have increased due to the relaxations in lockdown.

“Covid-19 cases have increased in Delhi due to relaxations in lockdown. But there is nothing to worry about unless the mortality rate or the number of serious cases rises rapidly. If people contract the virus and recover, then there is nothing to worry about,” Kejriwal said.

Delhi on Monday reported its highest-ever single day spike of 635 new coronavirus cases, taking the total infections tally in the city to 14,053. At least 15 more people died of the disease in Delhi in the last 24 hours and 231 have recovered.

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