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Delhi raises fines for not wearing masks to Rs 2,000 as Covid cases rise

Arrangements are being made for over 1,400 ICU beds, including 663 in Delhi government hospitals and 750 at a Central government facility, Kejriwal said

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Delhi government | Arvind Kejriwal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Slum dwellers, oblivious of social distancing guidelines, queue up to receive face masks from the members of the National Human Rights and Crime Control Organization during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Amritsar. Photo: PTI
Private hospitals have also been directed to increase the percentage of non-ICU Covid-19 beds from 50 per cent to 60 per cent, Kejriwal said

Delhi Chief Minister on Thursday announced hiking fines for not using face masks from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 and increasing the number of beds for Covid-19 patients at hospitals amid a massive Covid-19 surge. He said the was implementing from November 19 its decision to reserve 80 per cent of ICU beds in private hospitals for Covid-19 patients. Private hospitals have also been directed to increase the percentage of non-ICU Covid-19 beds from 50 per cent to 60 per cent, he said.

Arrangements are being made for over 1,400 ICU beds, including 663 in hospitals and 750 at a Central government facility, the chief minister said, adding around 7,500 normal and 446 ICU beds are currently available for Covid-19 patients in Delhi. The hospitals have also been asked to postpone non-critical planned surgeries for the time being, he said.

The CM also appealed people not to celebrate Chhath at the city’s water bodies.

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First Published: Thu, November 19 2020. 23:43 IST
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