India, Sept. 17 -- Three days after the Delhi government asked 33 big private hospitals to reserve 80% of their total intensive care unit (ICU) beds for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients amid a surge in the number of infections, an association of healthcare providers said on Wednesday that it would challenge the order in the high court.

"We will be filing a motion in the high court for striking down this order. We have already given a representation to the Delhi government as well as the Union health minister," Girdhar Gyani, director general of the Association of Healthcare Providers (India).

"The order was suddenly given without any consultation with the private healthcare providers or even warning them beforehand," Gyani said....