New Delhi,, July 11 -- It's been two weeks since the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) reopened its outpatient clinics, after three months of keeping them closed due to the lockdown, but the eight-storey building is nearly empty on Friday. The 30 patients who had appointments were done with their consultations by 11.30 am.

At the waiting areas outside consultation rooms at the new Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur OPD block at Masjid Moth, yellow squares are marked on the floor, and every alternate chair is blocked in bids to ensure social distancing - but there are no patients.

Before it shut on March 23, around 13,000 patients would queue up for appointments at outpatient clinics every day. However, hospital officials said patients ...