NHRC issues notice to Centre, Delhi govt over Covid mismanagement in city

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2020 9:34:35 pm

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government over a complaint filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken about Covid-19 mismanagement in Delhi, including non-availability of beds, inadequate number of tests, increasing deaths, delay in last rites of the deceased.

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Taking cognisance of the complaint filed by the Congress leader, NHRC issued notices to the Delhi government and the Union Health Ministry.

This comes hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi will need 80,000 beds by July-end, but since people from other states are also allowed admission now, the actual requirement could be of over 1.5 lakh beds. The Chief Minister based his assessment on the trend of people from other states accounting for over 50 per cent occupancy in Delhi’s hospitals during non-Covid times.

Yesterday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the number of cases will soar to 5.5 lakh by the end of July. Delhi recorded 1,501 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the city to over 32,000, and the death toll due to the disease mounted to 984.

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