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Mumbai's Five-Star Hotels to now be used as COVID-19 facility for treatment

Coronavirus cases are on a rise in Mumbai and the city is facing shortage of beds. Keeping this concern in mind, the BMC has tied up with 2 hotels in Mumbai, to convert the rooms for the treatment of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients.

Mumbai's Five-Star Hotels to now be used as COVID-19 facility for treatment
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Every possible effort is being made by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to control the spread of coronavirus in Mumbai, and to ensure the availability of beds, the civic body has decided to convert some hotels into COVID-19 facilities temporarily. 

As per reports, a five-star hotel will now be used in Mumbai for the treatment of coronavirus patients as there is a shortage of beds, and this move will help in reducing  the number of cases. To implement the same, the BMC, on Thursday, April 15, 2021, issued a circular to the hotel. Authorities have been asked to cooperate in this regard and support the government in fighting the novel virus.

It is said that asymptomatic patients will be referred to this hotel where treatment will be provided by health experts. The private hospital will soon sign an agreement with the hotel. Meanwhile, nodal officers will be appointed across the 24 wards of Mumbai to monitor all the works. Discussions are being held with other four and five star hotels for the same, and private hospitals will offer the healthcare facilities.

Officials have decided that patients who are recovering from COVID-19 and who do not need ICU beds will be shifted to hotels. As of now, The InterContinental Hotel at Marine Drive has been booked for as the facility for patients from Bombay Hospital. On the other hand, BKC's Trident Hotel has been booked for the cases reported at HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. Moreover, if a relative wants to stay with a patient in a hotel with a step down facility, they will be given twin rooms.

Reports reveal that upto INR 4,000 will be charged per day for patients with step down facility and INR 6,000 will be charged for a twin room facility. Only hotels with at least 20 rooms can use the private hospital as a step down facility. Adding more, hospitals have been given the responsibility to make regular visits and to ensure doctors reach the hotel on time, and provide medicines and medical needs.

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