Kejriwal announces de-linking of hotels from hospitals in Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced de-linking of hotels from hospitals that had been dedicated as COVID-19 facilities, in view of the improving situation in the national capital.

Taking to twitter, Kejriwal said, “Some hotels were attached to hospitals to increase the number of COVID beds. In view of the improving situation and all hotel beds lying vacant for the last many days, these hotels are now being released.”

The national capital saw a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 cases in the past few days with daily figures less than 1,000.

In addition to this, a total of 40 hotels that were designated as COVID-19 facilities for patients with moderate symptoms have now been released.

Earlier in June, the Delhi government had empowered the magistrates in 11 districts to use hotels as an extension of hospitals treating COVID-19 patients as the cases surged.

In another tweet, the chief minister said, “Existing guidelines say that if any patient’s antigen test is negative but has symptoms, RT-PCR test must be done on him. I directed the officers today to ensure strict compliance of these guidelines.”

 

RT-PCR, is a laboratory technique widely used in the diagnosis of genetic diseases and to measure gene expression in research.

So far, 13,701 antigen tests were conducted on July 28 while 4,843 RT-PCR tests were done yesterday, according to the Delhi health report.

The national capital recorded 1,056 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,32,275 in Delhi.

-RJV