Bengaluru: There have been many complaints and reports lately that private hospitals have been heavily charging COVID-19 patients under the government quota.

With many such reports coming in amidst the increase in the death rate the Karnataka government has directed private hospitals across the state not to charge patients admitted at their hospitals.

A statement from the Karnataka's Commissionerate of Health & Family Welfare Service read "The state has initiated all possible steps and beyond to prevent the deaths of patients suffering from COVID-19 disease, admitted and treated as government referred cases in recognised and KPME registered private hospitals and the government facilities.

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The statement also mentioned “The state is providing the vital Remdesivir injection free of cost for the treatment of serious and very serious COVID-19 in-patients at the discretion and decision of the treating doctor".

According to reports, the government has constituted a division-wise committee of medical doctors to monitor the usage of Remdesivir injection.

The committee was appointed to keep a close watch on the expenditure of Remdesivir vials in each government and government assisted private hospitals to regulate availability of the injection in each institution to prevent fatalities.

On Thursday, the state recorded 8,865 new Covid-19 cases. The number of active cases in the state has increased to 96,099. With a total of 3.70 lakh cases recorded so far 2.68 lakh patients have recovered. 735 patients are being cared for in the intensive care unit.