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It had asked the government to identify a list of private hospitals which can treat Covid-19 patients free or at a minimum cost.

A high-level committee constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recommended reducing the cost of COVID 19 treatment in private hospitals in Delhi by two-third of the existing rates.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, private hospitals can not overcharge COVID-19 patients for their hospitalization.

In the national capital, 456 people were found infected with COVID-19 in the new testing programme involving quick-result kits across containment zones. "The specimens will be collected by the government facility on its own", said the recommendation report accessed by CNBC-TV18.

Chairing a review meeting here in the North Block for the containment of Coronavirus pandemic, he further said that keeping in view the close knit urban structure of the NCR region, it is necessary for all concerned authorities in Delhi and the NCR region to come together to tackle the virus.

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Amidst the rise in the number of coronavirus infections in Delhi, a panel set up by the Union Home Ministry has recommended lowering of the cost of the isolation beds and the intensive care units at the private hospitals in the national capital in a huge relief to COVID-19 patients.

Delhi has more coronavirus patients than any other city in India except Mumbai.

The meeting was attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, city Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava, senior officials of NCR districts and Ministries of Home and Health. The committee has recommended fixing the cost of an COVID-19 isolation bed in private hospitals in Delhi in the range of ₹8,000 to ₹10,000 and an ICU bed with ventilator at ₹15,000- ₹18,000 per day. All private hospitals will have to follow these guidelines.

Shah said the Expert Committee under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog Member V.K Paul has fixed a price of Rs 2,400 for COVID-19 tests. "Most of the existing beds in hospitals now have oxygen supply for patients, and in the next ten days, all other beds will have oxygen supply attached to them".

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is now being given oxygen support only at times when it is needed and his fever has also reduced, according to the Office of the Delhi Health Minister.

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