Covid care center at Ashoka hotel for Delhi high court judges

Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the Delhi government has decided to convert 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel as a Covid care center for Justices and other judicial officers of the Delhi High Court and their families. Primus Hospital will run the Community Health Centre (CHC) facility at the five-star hotel, the order said.

It said that biomedical waste disposal would be the responsibility of the Hospital. And the hotel staff shall be provided all protective gear and given adequate basic training. Primus Hospital will provide an ambulance for the transfer facility.

“For any shortage of hotel staff, the same will be provided by the Hospital. The hotel shall provide all the services including rooms, housekeeping, disinfection and food for patients, etc.,” it said.

It added, “the Hospital shall collect the charges and shall make the payment to the hotel. Primus Hospital may accommodate their doctors, nurses, and other paramedical staff at their own expenses after deciding the rates mutually.”

Amid the surge of Covid-19 cases in the national capital, several judges of the Delhi High Court tested positive for coronavirus recently.

Covid cases have been rising in Delhi and across the country at an alarming rate. Hospitals in the national capital have been gasping for medical oxygen needed by Covid patients and sending out SOS on social media. The matter has been heard in the Delhi High Court too.

Many people at this time are complaining of breathlessness, which needs oxygen support. However, the oxygen supply has become severely limited due to the sudden jump in demand across cities and towns. The center is now running “Oxygen Express” trains carrying tankers to the state’s worst-hit by Covid.

Delhi on Monday reported its highest single-day Covid fatalities with 380 deaths. Over 20,000 fresh cases were reported during the same period. This is the fifth successive day the metropolis has seen the highest daily fatalities due to coronavirus.

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