Chandigarh, March 27 -- The Haryana government has announced that it will foot the medical bills of all Covid-19 positive patients undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals. It has also placed orders to procure an additional 20,000 N-95 masks.

Stepping up its efforts to combat Covid-19, the Haryana government has asked all government, government-aided and private medical colleges in the state to reserve at least 25% of the beds and create exclusive Covid-19 hospitals.

A government spokesperson said these decisions were taken on Thursday at a crisis coordination committee meeting headed by chief secretary Keshni Anand Arora.

Arora was informed that an adequate stock of N-95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) kits...