HC Allows Delhi Govt to Reserve 80% ICU Beds for Covid-19 Patients in 33 Private Hospitals

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HC Allows Delhi Govt to Reserve 80% ICU Beds for Covid-19 Patients in 33 Private Hospitals

The Delhi High Court on Thursday allowed the AAP government to reserve 80% of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals, saying the situation in the national capital is fairly dynamic and cases of coronavirus are spiraling.

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad allowed the appeal of the Delhi government challenging a single judge’s interim order staying the government’s decision to reserve 80% of ICU beds.

The high court vacated the stay order passed by the single judge and listed the matter for further hearing on November 26 before the single bench and till then the reservation of 80% of ICU beds will continue.

The high court was hearing a plea by the Delhi government urging it to empower it to enforce reservation of 80% of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals at least for 15 days in view of the rise in the number of cases. Delhi recorded its biggest single-day jump of 8,593 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday that took its infection tally to over 4.59 lakh people, while 85 new fatalities pushed the national capital’s death toll to 7,228.


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