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The Delhi High Court today lifted its earlier order which had stayed the Delhi Government's direction to 33 private hospitals to reserve 80% ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.Private hospitals in Delhi will again have to reserve 80 percent of their ICU beds for Covid patients.
A divisional bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad asked the Delhi Govt. a set of questions: “What is the rationale behind selecting these 33 hospitals? What is the density exercise that you have conducted? Is it a random selection? What is the density exposure and how many of the hospitals have been reserved in the central district of the city with the fourth sero-survey report showing an increase in the cases? How have the beds been divided?”
The court was hearing Delhi Government's appeal against the stay order which was passed by a single-judge Bench of Justice Navin Chawla in the petition preferred by Association of Healthcare Providers. The Delhi High Court stated that the situation in Delhi has become diluted. The appellant (Delhi Govt) must keep the hand on the pulse of the city to cop up with the situation. The previous order was passed when the cases were half of what is coming today, it said.