New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi government on Saturday told hospitals in the national capital that all mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients need to be discharged by the hospitals within 24 hours, asking them to strictly comply with the directions.

"It has come to (our) notice that many asymptomatic and mild symptom cases have been admitted in the hospital facilities," the Delhi government said in an order.

It its order, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government further said that as per the guidelines issued by the Centre, asymptomatic and mild symptoms cases do not require hospitalisation, and are recommended to be either kept under home isolation or sent to COVID care centres or COVID health centres, if their houses are not suitable for home isolation.

"Any mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 patient should be discharged by a hospital within 24 hours, and the area district surveillance officer (DSO) should be informed about it," it said while adding that strict action will be taken for non-compliance.

"In addition, it must be noted that if there are any COVID-19 suspect admissions in the hospital facility, they must be kept in a separate ward and, therefore, the number of isolation beds dedicated for COVID patients must not be allocated to suspect patients," it added.

The move comes in the wake of family members of several COVID-19 patients claiming denial of admission for patients at various hospitals.

Earlier this week, Delhi Health Minister Dr Satyendar Jain had also said that many coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are being treated at home while explaining the various categories of COVID-19 patients ranging from asymptomatic patients to severely infected.

"Fever and coughing would fall under mild symptoms. If a person’s breathing rate is more than 15 counts in a minute, it indicates moderate Covid-19 infection whereas over 30 breathing counts in a minute would fall into the severe category," he had said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged "black marketing" of beds in private hospitals in Delhi and warned of strict action against those playing with the lives of people in their own interest.  

He also stressed that there is no shortage of hospital beds for the critical coronavirus patients in the national capital and assured that no one showing symptoms of coronavirus should be turned away from the hospitals. 

"Some hospitals are denying admission to COVID-19 patients. I am warning those who think they will be able to do black-marketing of beds using the influence of their protectors from other parties, you will not be spared," he said.

Delhi, on Friday recorded 1,330 new COVID-19 infections taking the total of positive coronavirus cases to 26,334, while the death toll in the capital crossed the 700-mark and reached 708. 

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma