Delhi, the third-most affected state in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. On Saturday 2,134 new coronavirus diseases were added, taking its total count to 38, 958 including 22,742 active cases and 1,271 fatalities. It is for the third successive day in Delhi that over 2,000 cases were reported in a day.
Just two days after the Supreme Court pulled up the Delhi government, On Sunday Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting on the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, which has been seeing a huge spike in the number of cases. The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other officials of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).
Shah’s also chaired the second meeting with top functionaries of Delhi’s three municipal bodies. He has also convened a meeting of all the political parties of Delhi for which the BJP, Congress, AAP, and BSP had been invited.
In the meeting it was decided that the testing would be tripled, contact mapping would be improved, 500 railway coaches would be stationed in Delhi to argument the bed availability by around 8000.
500 railway coaches to provide additional beds
After the meeting, Shah announced details of the meeting on Twitter in a series of tweets in Hindi. He tweeted “In view of the shortage of beds for coronavirus patients in Delhi, the Central Modi government has decided to immediately send 500 railway coaches to the Delhi government. These coaches will not only provide 8,000 extra beds but will also be equipped with all the facilities to fight the Covid-19 infection.”
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Testing to be doubled in two days, trebled in six days
Shah said in his tweet that The number of samples that are being tested will be doubled in the next two days and after six days increased to three times. Not only this he further said, but “Also, after a few days the testing will start at every polling station in the containment zones.”
According to the recent submission by the state government in Delhi High Court, the combined daily testing capacity of 40 labs, 17 public and 23 private, is 8,600 per day. He also assured that the Central government will help in providing oxygen cylinders, ventilators, pulse oximeters, and other essential equipment in adequate quantity to the Delhi government.
Effective contact mapping
Shah said in a series of tweets-“For effective contact mapping Health care workers will go to every house in the containment zone, for health survey of every citizen and its results will be out in a week. Also for effective monitoring, all the people living in the containment zones will be asked to download the Aarogya Setu app.
Committee formed for suggestions
He also stated that a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of VK Paul, a member of NITI Aayog. The committee would suggest how to make the availability of 60% beds in private hospitals at lower rates and how to fix rates for testing and treatment of coronavirus. The report will be submitted by the committee on Monday.
Despite all this, Shah has also ordered the immediate transfer of four IAS officers to the Delhi government and attachment of another two from the Centre. He further said that Centre has decided to form a panel of senior doctors at AIIMS to provide telephonic guidance to smaller hospitals on Covid-19. The helpline number will be released by Monday to help fight against the coronavirus disease volunteers from Scout Guides, NCC, NSS, and other organizations will persuade.
Also, the detailed guidelines for conducting the last rituals of those who died due to Covid-19 will be issued by the government, which will bring down the waiting period.
While following the meeting, Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted that “Extremely productive meeting. Many key decisions are taken. Both the Delhi government and the Central government will fight against corona together.”
10,000-bed facility to come by June end
As the cases are expected to rise at the end of June, bed requirements will rise by 15000 so the state government has decided to convert sprawling campus of Radha Soami Satsang Beas on Delhi-Gurugram border into a 10,000-bed hospital, with 200 enclosures of 50 beds each.
While on Saturday the state government decided to declare small and medium multi-speciality nursing homes having 10 to 49 beds as “COVID nursing homes” as it would increase bed strength by 5000 in Delhi.