Triple tests in 6 days: Amit Shah steps up Delhi 's fight with Covid-19

ST Staff
Sunday, 14 June 2020

Shah revealed the details of the Twitter meeting where he said the Center agreed to send 500 railway coaches to the Delhi government given the shortage of beds in the national capital to treat Covid-19 patients.

Union home minister Amit Shah held a crucial meeting on Sunday in Delhi on the Covid-19 situation, which has seen a major increase in the number of incidents. The meeting was attended by the Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) officials.

Shah revealed the details of the Twitter meeting where he said the Center agreed to send 500 railway coaches to the Delhi government given the shortage of beds in the national capital to treat Covid-19 patients. "Not only do these coaches have 8,000 extra bends, but they will also be fitted with everything to counter the Covid-19 infection," Shah tweeted in Hindi.

He also assured the Delhi government of all assistance in providing oxygen cylinders, ventilators, pulse oxymeters and other critical equipment. Shah also said five senior central government officials would be sent to Delhi to help the state government resolve the crisis. "Health care staff will go to every containment zone home to efficiently track contacts. The tests will be out a week from now. The Aarogya Setu app will be asked to download all the people living in the containment zones. In the next two days, the number of samples being checked would double. Int he will be increased three times over the next six days, "Shah said in a series of tweets.

He also said Center planned to set up a panel of senior doctors at AIIMS to provide telephone advice on Covid-19 to smaller hospitals. The number on the helpline will be released tomorrow.

The home minister also announced that fresh guidelines for cremating those who died because of Covid-19 would be issued by the government. He also said Scout Guides, NCC, NSS and other organizations volunteers will be roped in to help fight coronavirus disease.

Kejriwal found the meeting "highly successful. “Many key decisions are taken. We will fight against corona together,” he said on Twitter. Delhi reported 2,134 new cases of coronavirus disease on Saturday, the second largest number of cases it reported over 24 hours (the largest was Friday, 2,137). With the fresh increase in deaths, Delhi's count reached the 36,000-mark, and the disease-related death toll climbed to 1,214. It was the second consecutive day when the number of cases reported broke the 2000-mark. Delhi had observed 2,137 cases on Friday, the national capital's largest single-day jump.

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