Kejriwal’s ill-timed tweet has evoked anger on social media. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party even asked him to quit.

Residents are also angry that none of the key state ministers, including Kejriwal, who is in Bangalore, is in the national capital at a time when the city is battling this epidemic. Jung, too, is in the US at the moment.

Meanwhile, New Delhi faces a severe shortage of beds for patients, with the current availability at three beds per 1,000 people, much less than the recommended five per 1,000. Kejriwal’s government has now announced 1,000 more beds across hospitals to deal with the crisis and has fixed prices for diagnostic tests.

Last year too, the state government had asked hospitals to procure 1,000 new beds. It is unclear if this was implemented.

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