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Hospitals in Delhi for Delhi residents: Kejriwal

  • Govt hospitals and some private hospitals in Delhi will be reserved for Delhi residents as coronavirus incidence is spiking
  • Central Government hospitals in Delhi will be open for all
  • CM alleges blackmarketing in beds by some private hospitals
  • Delhi re-opens borders on Monday
  • Malls, restaurants, religious places open from Monday
  • Hotels, banquet halls will remain shut

NEW DELHI, June 7: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that medical treatment at Government and private hospitals in Delhi will be only for Delhi residents. He said since treatment is free and better in Delhi, people from other States fill the hospitals and the Capital's residents have nowhere to go especially as the coronavirus epidemic is now spreading alarmingly in the Capital.

"Delhi hospitals will be available for the people of Delhi only, while Central Govt hospitals will remain open for all. Private hospitals, except those where special surgeries like neurosurgery are performed, also reserved for Delhi residents," Kejriwal tweeted. Outsiders can come for certain speciality treatments available in some private hospitals.

He had said that the hospitals will be filled by outsiders "in three days" if everyone is allowed. This raises concern as the coronavirus cases have suddenly started spiralling in Delhi. Where will the local people go, he asked. In Delhi, there were 1,282 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the tally reaching 28,936.

"We will need 15,000 beds by the end of June for Delhiites. If we allow people to come from outside, the beds will fill up in 3 days. Delhi Government hospitals currently have 10,000 beds and Central Government hospitals have 10,000 beds," he said.

There were reports of some hospitals turning away patients even when beds were available. Kejriwal had said that there were allegations of blackmarketing in hospital beds. He said there was a mismatch about the beds available as claimed by some hospitals and the figures shown by the Government app, which seeks to make hospital operations transparent.

Reacting to Kejriwal's remark, the Delhi Medical Association had said in a statement on Saturday, "Delhi Medical Association strongly condemns the way Delhi CM (Chief Minister) is warning the doctors and threatening the hospitals about Covid-19 patients admissions and tests."

The Chief Minister said he is opening Delhi borders with Uttar Pradseh and Haryana on Monday.

They were closed last week because of the apprehension that people will rush in from other States and overwhelm Delhi's health infrastructre if allowed to enter, especially because healthcare here is free and better.

The malls, restaurants and religious places will also open on Monday as per schedule but shopkeepers and customers have to strictly follow the preventive measures against coronavirus.

Hotels and banquet halls will, however, remain shut.

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