The Maharashtra government has also fixed the cost of nearly 270 procedures and surgeries, including cancer treatments.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has taken control of 80% of all private hospital beds in the state till August 31 as it tackles surge in COVID-19 cases.
The Uddhav Thackeray government has also capped the price for the treatment as they faced complaints of extravagant rates charged by hospitals.
In a late-night order, the government can now regulate the use of private hospital beds and also decide how much can be billed to patients. Hospitals are permitted to charge their own rates in the remaining 20% beds
This will open up around 4,400 hospital beds in the private sector in Mumbai alone. The city has been struggling with a lack of beds to treat critically ill Covid-19 patients.
The order covers hospitals run by charitable trusts, including nursing homes.
Maharashtra, the worst affected state by the virus, recorded over 40,000 cases and 1,454 deaths. the state witnessed over 2,000 for the fifth straight day.
Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, figures climbed above 22,000.
Across the country, at least 48,000 patients have cured so far the recovery rate stood at 39%.
Currently, there are 66,330 active COVID-19 patients in the country.
India is the 11th most-affected nation in terms of the total number of confirmed cases, overtaking China.
A total of 280 government laboratories in the country is conducting tests for the novel coronavirus, the Indian Council of Medical Research has said. ICMR also issued a list of 90 private labs which will conduct the testing.
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