Surging COVID-19 Cases Force Delhi Hospitals to Only Treat Locals

The city of New Delhi on Sunday ordered many of its hospital beds to be reserved solely for residents of the Indian capital, as the number of COVID-19 infections continued to surge. 

New Delhi city alone has registered over 10 percent of the country’s cases. India has over 246,000 coronavirus cases, with 6,929 deaths.

In a video message on Twitter, where he announced that hospitals will be reserved for Delhi residents, State Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Delhi is in big trouble … corona cases are rising rapidly.”

About 60 percent of patients admitted to Delhi hospitals travel from other states to get treatment, as the city’s hospitals are among the best in the country.

A Delhi government coronavirus mobile app showed the city of more than 20 million people had 8,049 COVID-19 beds, but more than half were already occupied. Of the 60 hospitals, 11 had no beds available, the app showed on Sunday.

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