Taking a U-turn on his administration’s announcements to reserve beds in private and government hospitals only for the Delhiites, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the AAP government will implement Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s order to keep hospitals in the national capital open for non-residents of Delhi.
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said that this is not the time for politics or differences. “This is not the time to differ from each other or argue. Whatever the Lt Governor and the Central government said will be implemented. This is not the time to do politics. If we keep on fighting, coronavirus will win,” he said.
Kejriwal’s remarks came two days after Baijal issued an order striking down key announcements made by the Delhi government to reserve beds in private and Delhi government hospitals for city residents only.
Clarifying the decision, the L-G said that he was forced to do so as it violated constitutional right to equality and right to life which includes right to health.
He further assured that as the chairperson of Delhi Disaster Management Authority, he has been periodically reviewing Delhi’s plans to fight the pandemic. On the other hand, Kejriwal has raised concerns that the number of coronavirus cases in the capital will rise rapidly in the coming days.
“Delhi will need 1.5 lakh beds by July 31 once people start coming to the city for treatment from other states,” CM Kejriwal said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain has said that regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, it can be said that there is transmission in the community, but whether there is ‘community transmission’ or not can be declared only by the central government since it is a ‘technical term’.
The minister also called the COVID-19 crisis the “biggest tragedy in 100 years.” “There are 31,309 COVID-19 cases in Delhi, of which 18,543 are active cases. The rate of spread of the disease is very fast,” Jain added.