Delhi: Kejriwal after meet with Amit Shah on Delhi’s Covid-19 situation
Amid rising cases of coronavirus in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting to review the situation in the national capital. After the meeting, Delhi CM Kejriwal said Centre has assured that around 750 ICU beds will be arranged at a DRDO centre and daily testing will be scaled up to 1-1.25 lakh.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday took stock of the coronavirus situation in Delhi in the wake of the recent spike in cases in the national capital.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and senior officers of the central government attended the meeting chaired by Amit Shah.
After the meeting, CM Kejriwal said Centre has assured that around 750 ICU beds will be arranged at a DRDO centre and daily testing will be scaled up to 1-1.25 lakh.
It is very important for all agencies and governments to work together to deal with the situation, Kejriwal told reporters after the meeting.
“I want to thank the central government and the home minister for calling this meeting. All the agencies will now work together. It is required now that all work together for the health of Delhi people and save their lives,” Kejriwal said.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the Centre will also help the Delhi government in getting BiPAP machines to increase the number of ICU beds at Delhi government facilities.
Another decision taken in the meeting was to scale up daily tests from around 60,000 to 1-1.25 lakh per day. Kejriwal said that the central government will help in this as Delhi government facilities are now working in full capacity.
“Centre has assured that beds will be provided at the DRDO centre. We will also increase testing from 60,000 to 1 lakh per day,” added Kejriwal.
Home Minister Amit Shah also suggested measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the national capital which include:
1. Mobile testing vans of the Ministry of Health and ICMR will be deployed where the labs in Delhi are more likely to be exploited, making greater use of their capacity.
2.The 10,000-bed Covid Center in Chhatarpur will be further strengthened with an aim to increase the availability of beds with oxygen facilities.
3. Some identified hospitals of MCD will be converted into dedicated hospitals for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Covid-19 patients.
4. A review of all previously initiated containment measures, such as the establishment of containment zones, contact tracing, and quarantine and screening.
5. Instructions to prepare a protocol for plasma donation in severe corona cases and for providing plasma therapy to affected persons.
Delhi recorded 3,235 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the infection tally to over 4.85 lakh on Sunday, while ninety-five more fatalities pushed the death toll to 7,614.
The national capital had recorded its highest single-day spike of 8,593 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. On Thursday, 104 fatalities, the highest in a day in over five months, were recorded.
The sudden spike in coronavirus cases comes amid the festive season and rising pollution levels. While Durga Puja celebrations ended on October 25, Diwali was on Saturday and Chhath later this week.
The National Centre for Disease Control, in a report drafted recently, had warned that Delhi needed to be prepared for about 15,000 fresh Covid-19 cases per day, taking into account the winter-related respiratory problems, a large influx of patients from outside and festive gatherings.