Delhi will need 1.5 lakh beds if people from other states come for treatment: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi will need 1.5 lakh beds if people from other states come for treatment: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the city would need 1.5 lakh beds to handle Covid-19 cases if people from other states start coming to the national capital for treatment. This statement comes a day after the Delhi government said its estimation shows that Delhi would have 5.5 lakh cases by July 31 and would need at least 80,000 beds to treat these cases.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said the government has estimated that the total number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi will rise to 1 lakh by June 30, 2.25 lakh by July 15 and 5.5 lakh by July 31. He said this means as on July 31, the government would then require 80,000 beds to handle these cases.

On Sunday, addressing a virtual press conference, Arvind Kejriwal announced that beds in hospitals run by Delhi government and private hospitals in the national capital would be reserved only for residents of Delhi. He said Delhi at present has nearly 20,000 Covid-19 beds (10,000 in Delhi government hospitals and the same number in hospitals run by the Centre).

In his announcement, Kejriwal had said the beds in central-government run hospitals would be available for all people. However, a day later, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal overruled this order and said beds in Delhi's hospitals would be available for everyone.