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Congress Urges Centre To Invest In Govt Hospitals, Cites Shortcomings Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma called upon the Centre to revisit India's public healthcare policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Akhil Oka
Congress

On Saturday, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma called upon the Centre to revisit India's public healthcare policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Claiming that the novel coronavirus crisis had laid bare the shortcomings of the public healthcare system in the country, he urged the Union government to invest in government hospitals. To buttress his point, he highlighted that government hospitals were dealing with a majority of the COVID-19 patients despite the private hospitals having 70% of the ICU beds and 80% of ventilators. Sharma also demanded the scrapping of the Central Vista project, terming it as "criminal waste of public money". 

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COVID-19 crisis

Currently, there are 37,336 confirmed novel coronavirus cases in India out of which 9,951 persons have recovered while 1,218 casualties have been reported. On Friday, the Centre announced the extension of the lockdown till May 17. The new guidelines for the post-May 3 lockdown period grant more relaxations for Red zones, Orange zones and Green zones.

However, educational institutions, passenger movement barring for exceptions, hospitality services, malls, gyms, shopping malls, religious places of worships, gatherings etc. shall continue to be prohibited in all the zones. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs permitted the operation of special trains for the inter-state transport of stranded migrants, students, tourists, pilgrims and others. 

Read: PM Modi Chairs Key Meetings With Education, Aviation & Power Sector Ahead Of Lockdown 3.0

Read: Javadekar Says 'social Distancing Is The New Normal', Lauds Lockdown Extension

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