Vacant civic buildings must be turned into COVID-19 hospitals: Thane mayor

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Thane, Apr 8 (PTI) Thane mayor Naresh Mhaske on Thursday directed the civic administration to make available vacant civic buildings and properties to private hospitals at nominal rates to set up COVID-19 treatment facilities.

The mayor has written to the civic administration and sought its immediate compliance, an official statement said.

The city has been witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, causing acute shortage of beds and accessories, the Mhaske said.

The civic administration should throw open the unoccupied and vacant civic properties for setting up COVID-19 treatment centres, he said.

The mayor also directed the civic administration to permit hospitals that have more than 25 beds to start treatment for COVID-19 patients.

He further stated that the temporary COVID-19 hospital set up at a parking plaza in Thane city should be made a permanent one. PTI COR ARU ARU