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COVID19-Delhi Govt. Decides To Set Up 100 Rooms at Ashoka Hotel For Judges And Their Families

Sparsh Upadhyay
26 April 2021 3:30 PM GMT
COVID19-Delhi Govt. Decides To Set Up 100 Rooms at Ashoka Hotel For Judges And Their Families
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Pursuant to a request received from the Delhi High Court, the Delhi Government has decided to use 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi for setting up of COVID Health facility for the use of Justices, other judicial officers of Delhi High Court, and their families.Pursuant to a request received from the #DelhiHighCourt, the Delhi Government decides to use 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi...

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Pursuant to a request received from the Delhi High Court, the Delhi Government has decided to use 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi for setting up of COVID Health facility for the use of Justices, other judicial officers of Delhi High Court, and their families.

The Notification to this effect has been issued by Incident Commander/SDM, Sub-Division Chanakyapuri, Geet Grover on Sunday (April 26). The COVID Health facility would be run by The Primus Hospital and the following directions have been issued by the Delhi Government:-

  • Biomedical waste disposal will be the responsibility of the Hospital.
  • The staff of the hotel shall be provided all protective gear and given basic adequate training.
  • Ambulance for the transfer facility will be provided by the Primus Hospital.
  • For any shortage of hotel staff, the same will be provided by the Hospital.
  • All the services including rooms, housekeeping, disinfection & food for the patients, etc shall be provided by the hotel.
  • The charges shall be collected by the hospital and the hospital shall make the payment to the hotel.
  • The Primus Hospital may accommodate their doctors, nurses, and other paramedical staff at their own expense after deciding the rates mutually.

Importantly, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court seeking directions to treat the judicial officers as frontline workers and to earmark private/government COVID hospitals for the treatment of judicial officers and their families.

The Petition filed by Shobha Gupta and others (advocates enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi) has been moved before the HC stating that due to the nature of work in the Courts, the COVID protocol was not being followed in courts and Ld. judicial officers are exposed to the VIrus immensely.

Also, the Chief Justice of India has principally agreed to provide a suitable area for establishing medical facilities for at least 60 beds and other facilities like RT-PCR test, Vaccination etc, a message sent by SCAORA Secretary Dr. Joseph Aristotle said.

In related news, in view of the rising covid 19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi Government has extended its lockdown by another week and will continue till May 3 in order to curb the spread of the covid 19.

The decision came on Sunday wherein the Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal announced the extension while addressing a press conference.

The Delhi Government had on Monday announced a complete lockdown in the capital starting from April 19, 10 PM until April 26, 6 AM in the morning.

The Delhi Government on Monday decided to provide free covid 19 vaccination to all above the age of 18 years.

Speaking on the people below the age of 18 years, the Delhi CM said that even such people have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and that efforts should be made for providing vaccines to people below the age of 18.

Assuring the public that the issue of shortage of oxygen beds, the Delhi CM also said that its government was working on increasing the number of oxygen beds in the national capital on a larger scale.
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