Delhi To Increase COVID-19 Bed Capacity, Turns Nursing Homes With 10-49 Beds As COVID HospitalsArvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Delhi government on Sunday (14 June) announced that small and medium capacity nursing homes with beds capacity between 10 and 49 will be turned into COVID-19 nursing homes, LiveMint reported.

"In order to avoid intermingling of COVID and non-COVID patients in small and medium multi-speciality nursing homes (10 bedded to 49 bedded) and also to augment the bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, all nursing homes in NCT of Delhi having bed strength of 10 beds or more up to 49 beds are declared as COVID nursing homes," Delhi government order said.

Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the bed capacity for treating coronavirus patients in Delhi will be increased by 5000.

He said, "With this decision of the Delhi government, more than 5,000 beds will be available for coronavirus patients. In the next few days, our officials will talk to the owner of every nursing home and also solve their problems."

Kejriwal has also appealed to doctors for voluntarily joining Delhi government''s tele-medicine helpline as people of Delhi need them in this difficult time.

The Delhi government added, corona patients will also be treated at the six five-star hotels in the capital.

These include Pullman Hotel & Resort at Indira Gandhi Airport, Hotel Crowne Plaza at Okhla, Hotel Surya at New Friends Colony, Hotel Siddharth at Rajendra Place, Hotel Jitesh at Pusa Road and Hotel Sheraton at Saket.

These five-star hotels have been linked with Delhi's Apollo, Batra, Max, Gangaram, and BL Kapoor hospitals.

The five-star hotels will provide rooms for treatment of corona patients besides facilities such as housekeeping, food and disinfecting the premises.

(With inputs from IANS)

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