Delhi-As COVID-19 Cases Rise Strict Fines For Lockdown Violators.
Of total 5,947 samples tested on Friday, an overwhelming 2,137 people were tested positive for the infection
Delhi has tested a cumulative total of 2,77,463 samples till Friday
While the Delhi administration is working on identifying spaces that can be converted into makeshift hospitals, seven hospitals, with more than 2,800 beds collectively, have stayed off the government’s radar. These hospitals are run by the three respective municipal corporations in the city, which have claimed that there has been a lack of support from the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government.
The government has, however, hit back, saying there has been a “lack of will” on the civic bodies’ part.
The north, east and south civic bodies together run eight hospitals. Only one of them — Tilak Nagar Super Speciality Hospital — has been declared a Covid-19 hospital so far.
Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday empowered health, revenue and police officials to impose fines up to Rs 1,000 for violations of COVID-19 rules. A fine of Rs 500 will be imposed for first-time offenders and Rs 1,000 for repeat offenders, the statement read.
Rule violations, including defying quarantine rules, not maintaining social distancing, not wearing a mask in public or workplaces, spitting in public places, and consumption of paan, gutka and tobacco in public places, will cost a fine, according to a statement from the Lt Governor’s office.
Delhi has a total of 17,261 has positive patients in home isolation till date. There were a total 222 containment zones as on Friday in the national capital.
Delhi is witnessing an exponential rise in the new covid cases after the lockdown was relaxed to open more activities, shops and malls. Delhi govt has announced that the there will no lockdown extension in the national capital.
In case of failure to pay spot penalty, action will be taken against violators.
The stricter rules come after Delhi recorded over 2,000 cases in 24 hours for the second consecutive day.
In the last 24 hours, 1,547 people were cured of the disease which has killed lakhs across the globe. This is the biggest number of recoveries recorded in the national capital in a day.
Earlier this week, resident doctors of Hindu Rao and Kasturba hospitals had threatened to tender mass resignations if they were not paid their pending salaries. Doctors at Hindu Rao have not been paid their salaries since February this year, while doctors at Kasturba Hospital have not been paid since March.
The Delhi Medical Association, with which the state government is holding meetings to discuss bed augmentation plans, said valuable resources are going unutilised because of political differences between the civic bodies and the city administration.
“There’s no doubt that trying to utilise the available resources — hospitals, to be precise — is the first thing any government should do. Plans such as taking over hotels, banquet halls and stadiums are capital intensive and setting up makeshift hospitals will take more time, compared to readying operational hospitals for Covid patients.