New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleges ‘black marketing’ of beds in private hospitals in the national capital and warned of strict action against those playing with the lives of people in their own interest. Delhi has witnessed a sharp rise in coronavirus in the past few days. 

Addressing a video press conference, Kejriwal said that those hospitals denying admission to COVID-19 patients on the pretext of unavailability of beds and doing black marketing of beds in their facilities will not be spared and strict action will be taken against them.  

“Some hospitals are denying admission to COVID19 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”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said as reported by news agency ANI. 

Arvind Kejriwal also said 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. Kejriwal's comments came amid criticism and complaints on social media over alleged lack of attention from hospitals to those who are turning up to get admitted. 

"Please allow a few days for us to sort this out. We will investigate and take action against those who are refusing patients even when beds are available. Some are involved in black-marketing of beds," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal also asserted that the Delhi government had launched the Delhi Corona App to ensure tranparency in the information regarding availability of beds and hospitals in the national capital. Kejriwal on Tuesday launched ‘Delhi Corona’ app for the information on availability vacant beds in hospitals. The app will also provide information about the hospitals of Delhi government as well as private hospitals and the availability of ventilators. 

We launched a mobile app to stop the black marketing of beds. We thought of making information about number of beds and ventilators in hospitals transparent. There was uproar over it as if we committed a crime," Kejriwal added.

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. 

Posted By: Talib Khan