AAP leader Atishi tests positive for coronavirus
Aam Aadmi Party's Atishi, who is a representative of Kalkaji Assembly constituency, Delhi, has tested positive for coronavirus, reports said on Wednesday. She has isolated herself and is currently recuperating at her home. The spokesperson of the party Akshay Marathe and adviser Abhinandita Dayal Mathur have also contracted the infection. The number of coronavirus cases in Delhi stands at 44,688 with 1,837 deaths.
Atishi is the third AAP MLA to test positive
Earlier this month, Rajkumar Anand, the AAP MLA from Patel Nagar, tested positive. In May, Vishesh Ravi, the representative of Karol Bagh constituency, and his brother contracted the infection. Other politicians who tested positive are Congress' Sanjay Jha and BJP's Jyotiraditya Scindia (along with his mother). Meanwhile, India reported over 2,000 coronavirus fatalities in a day today after some states revised their tally.
Separately, Delhi's Health Minister and CM tested negative for coronavirus
In fact, on Monday, the state's Health Minister Satyendar Jain was hospitalized at Rajeev Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital after he complained of fever and breathlessness. He was tested for COVID-19 and his results came as negative. He was tested again today. Last week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also fell ill, was tested for the disease, and tested negative. He thanked well-wishers for their prayers.
AAP and Centre differed over community transmission in Delhi
While Jain blamed community transmission behind the surge in the cases in Delhi, saying sources can't be traced in many cases, the federal government didn't make the announcement. And, AAP believes Delhi would be needing 80,000 additional beds by July 31. Evidently, the spike in cases in the national capital and the poor condition of the hospitals has worried the Centre and the Supreme Court alike.
Patients are being treated worse than animals: SC said earlier
Earlier, the apex court snapped at the state government for treating coronavirus patients "worse than animals". The court was particularly disturbed by the reports from Lok Nayak Hospital where dead bodies of coronavirus patients were left unattended in the lobby. In some cases, the kin of the deceased weren't informed. And today, the court fumed on learning that cases have been filed against doctors.
Stop harassing doctors: SC's stern message to Delhi government
The bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and MR Shah referred to reports of a doctor being suspended from a North Delhi hospital for flagging his concerns about health infrastructure. An FIR was also registered. "You can't threaten doctors for bringing out the truth," the bench said, and warned against "shooting the messengers". SC demanded that the harassment must stop immediately.