Bengaluru: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to reserve Delhi government-affiliated hospitals only for Delhi residents and not for people from other states while keeping Central government-affiliated hospitals for people from other states has received a lot of criticism. 

Such a move can be antithetical to the social fabric of the country. 

Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu has hit out at Arvind Kejriwal for this decision. 

As reported by Republic TV, he said, "Very wrong decision, India is a whole country. If a citizen belongs to a certain state, he is also a citizen of India. Punjab government will not practise this.” 

He also added, "We will write to the Delhi govt and ask them to review the decision. The government should welcome at the patients, regardless of the state. Delhi is the capital of the country.” 

The national capital continues to witness an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases with over a thousand fresh infections being reported daily. 1,320 fresh coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday while on Sunday 1,282 fresh infections were reported, taking the COVID-19 tally in the city to 28,936 while the death toll climbed to 812. 

Interestingly, Kejriwal today developed mild fever and sore throat. So as per sources, he has cancelled all official meetings. He has preferred to isolate himself and will undergo Covid test tomorrow (June 8).