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RT-PCR tests to be doubled; 300 more ICU beds at DRDO facility: Shah's 12-point Covid strategy for Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal, and other officials, during a meeting over the COVID-19 situation in the Delhi, at North Block in New Delhi (ANI)Premium
Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal, and other officials, during a meeting over the COVID-19 situation in the Delhi, at North Block in New Delhi (ANI)

  • To increase oxygen beds, 10,000-bedded Chhatarpur COVID care centre to be strengthened, Home Minister Amit Shah says
  • Review of all previously established containment measures like marking of containment zones, contact tracing, quarantine and screening in Delhi, he adds

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday took stock of Delhi's COVID-19 situation in the wake of recent spike in cases in the national capital.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and senior officers of the central government attended the meeting chaired by Shah.

The home minister reviewed the situation arising due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi and discussed ways to deal with it, a home ministry official said.

After the meeting, Amit Shah said that it has been decided that the number of RT-PCR tests to be doubled and 300 more ICU beds are to be set up at a DRDO facility in Delhi.

"Mobile Testing Vans of ICMR and Health Ministry to be deployed at vulnerable spots. Few MCD hospitals to be converted into COVID dedicated hospitals for treatment of COVID patients with mild symptoms," he said.

To increase oxygen beds, 10,000-bedded Chhatarpur COVID care centre to be strengthened, he said.

Some MCD hospitals to be converted into dedicated COVID hospitals.

To save more lives, the Centre will provide oxygen, high flow nasal cannula, other health equipments to Delhi, Shah mentioned.

Review of all previously established containment measures like marking of containment zones, contact tracing, quarantine and screening in Delhi, he said.

Additional doctors from CAPFs and paramedical staff to be airlifted to Delhi, in view of shortage of health care workers here.

Dedicated multi-department teams to visit all private hospitals in Delhi for inspection of availability of COVID19 medical infrastructure, admission of patients and availability of beds.

More oxygen cylinders, High Flow Nasal Cannula and other necessary equipment to be made available to Delhi Government by the Central Government.

Shah also mentioned that directions will be given for protocol to be made for plasma donation and transfusion in the case of COVID-19 patients. "A high-level committee headed by Dr VK Paul, AIIMS & DG ICMR will submit a report on this soon," he said.

It was also decided that house-to-house survey in the entire Delhi will be conducted by the teams of AIIMS, Government of NCT of Delhi and Municipal Corporations (MCDs) of Delhi; thereafter, all the symptomatic persons found in the survey would be tested and provided the necessary treatment.

Terming the current Covid situation in the national capital as "worrying trajectory," Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that during the meeting, it was decided that immediate remedial steps must be taken.

"Delhi has witnessed a huge surge in daily active cases which is likely to worsen over next few weeks," Vadhan said.

Along with that, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told reported that the Centre has assured 750 ICU beds will be made available at the DRDO centre.

"Since October 20, there has been a rise in cases here, there is sufficient number of COVID beds, but ICU beds are exhausting," Kejriwal mentioned.

"The big problem now is related to ICU beds. We have seen that after October 20, coronavirus cases have begun to surge rapidly. Covid-19 beds are available. But ICU beds are exhausted quickly. The Central government has given assurance that 500 ICU beds will be made available at DRDO centre and 250 more beds in the coming time. We are also increasing ICU beds at Delhi government facilities," he said.

Moreover, it was decided that the number of COVID tests conducted daily in Delhi will be increased to over 1 lakh, the chief minister added.

"Around 60,000 tests are being conducted daily. We have to increase it to over 1 lakh tests. ICMR has assured to help. All facilities of the Delhi government are functioning at its full capacity," he said.

Meanwhile, after several days of recording sequential daily highs on the number of new Covid-19 cases, Delhi on Sunday reported 3,235 positives in the last 24 hours. The national capital had been recording over 7,000 new cases for the past few days.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi now stands at 4,85,405 including 39,990 active cases, 4,37,801 recoveries and 7,614 deaths.

Today's numbers include 95 deaths, 3,235 more recoveries reported in the last 24 hours.

These fresh cases were detected from 21,098 tests, including 9,227 RT-PCR ones, conducted the previous day. The cumulative positivity rate in the city was 8.91% per cent amid festivities and rising pollution, according to a bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

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