In view of the novel coronavirus, outbreak and subsequent lockdown announced by the Union and Delhi governments, the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday announced that all OPD (out-patient department) services will remain closed will further orders.
“All OPD services in All India Institute of Medical Sciences and all centers to remain closed till further orders,”
The development came on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a fresh appeal to the citizens of the country, asking them to stay indoors in view of the coronavirus outbreak to save themselves and their families.
Here’s what PM Modi tweeted this morning: “Some people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself and your families; follow the instructions seriously. I request respective state governments to ensure the people follow rules and obey laws.”
In his address to the nation last Thursday, the PM had advised that people should not crowd medical and healthcare facilities like hospitals for unnecessary visits. Modi had said that surgeries that could be delayed should be postponed till the coronavirus threat subsides.
It may be noted here that the Delhi government has announced a complete lockdown of the national capital till March 31 in a bid to tackle the spread of the coronavirus disease. As of 10:30 am today, Delhi has reported 29 confirmed cases of Covid-19 disease – of these, five have been cured and one person has died.
The Arvind Kejriwal government has sealed all borders of Delhi and except essential services like grocery stores and pharmacies, all businesses and offices have been ordered shut. In fact, the city’s lifeline – Delhi Metro – too has suspended services till the end of this month.
The Union government on Sunday suspended passenger train and metro and inter-state bus services across the country till March 31. It also ordered nearly 80 districts across the country, where coronavirus cases have been recorded, to remain under complete lockdown for several days.
Several states like Punjab and Bihar have voluntarily announced complete lockdown in view of the coronavirus threat. The disease has killed more than 14,000 people worldwide so far while nearly 3,40,000 cases overall have been reported.