New Delhi: Explaining the mounting pressure on Delhi’s healthcare infrastructure, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said asymptomatic people should not crowd the testing centres as that would make the health infrastructure of the capital city collapse. Also Read - Singapore Reports 136 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, Total Tally at 44800
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“The priority at this moment is to save lives,” the CM said addressing a press conference in which he assured that private hospitals won’t be allowed to refuse treatment to any COVID-19 patient.
“Some private hospitals are denying admission to COVID patients, demanding money for allotting beds. They won’t be spared,” the CM said adding that the government will deploy medical professionals at each private hospitals to keep a tab on available beds for COVID patients.
Acknowledging the presence of black marketeering of COVID-19 beds, the CM said, “We launched a mobile App to stop the black marketing of beds. We thought of making information about the number of beds and ventilators in hospitals transparent. There was an uproar over it as if we committed a crime,” Kejriwal said.
“Testing of COVID-19 has not been stopped in Delhi. 36 government and private labs are carrying out tests. Don’t pay heed to rumours,” Kejriwal said urging asymptomatic people to not opt for testing.