New Delhi: Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in the capital, the Delhi High Court on Saturday ordered the Delhi government and the Centre to increase beds, ventilators for COVID-19 patients in the national capital. Union home minister Amit Shah will hold a meeting with Delhi LG and the CM on Sunday to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the national capital. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Delhi Govt to Provide Free Ration to Beneficiaries Till November
The High Court said it expects the hospitals in Delhi to upload real-time data of the availability of beds for COVID-19 patients. Also Read - Containment Zones in Delhi Stand at 455; Door-to-Door Health Survey Completed in COVID Hotspot
The bed crisis in the capital came to the surface when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered to seal the borders of the capital and also sought public opinion on whether the COVID-19 beds in the state government hospital in the capital should be reserved for only Delhi people. After getting public opinion in favour of reserving beds for Delhi people only, the CM passed an order which said that outsiders are eligible to get treatments in Central government hospitals, while the state hospitals will be reserved for Delhi people. A day later, the order was reversed by the LG who said Delhi is open to all. Also Read - With 1379 Cases in 24 Hours, COVID-19 Tally in Delhi Crosses 1 Lakh-mark; Centre Says Positivity Rate Declines | Key Points
Giving a rough estimate, the CM had said Delhi will need 33,000 beds by July 15. The number will be doubled — 65,000 — if outsiders are also allowed. By July 31, 80,000 beds were projected for the people of Delhi, the CM said explaining why the reservation was required. But after the order was reversed Kejriwal welcomed it and urged people to not engage in the Delhi government versus LG fight.
The AAP government has come up with a mobile application, Delhi Corona, for real-time updation of the number of beds in the Delhi government hospitals. However, there was incongruity reportedly, as the figures provided by the app did not match with the ground situation,
Taking note of this situation, the high court on Saturday said it expects all hospitals in the national capital to correctly upload the availability of real-time bed capacity data so that public may know in advance where to go if they are suffering from COVID-19.
Till June 9, there were 9,179 beds for COVID-19 patients in Delhi and out of that 4,914 were occupied and remaining were available. The Delhi government also told the bench that total 569 ventilators were available, out of which 315 were being utilised and remaining are available.