NEW DELHI :
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday took stock of the state’s preparation to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak, which has affected more than 100,000 people worldwide.
Kejriwal said he will meet Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday to request a ban on travel to countries that have a large number of Covid-19 cases. The government is prepared to tackle the virus, he said and urged the public to not panic.
Delhi has three confirmed cases of Covid-19, while one person is under investigation.
The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has formed a state-level task force to tackle the spread of the virus in Delhi.
The government has set up special call centres and a helpline for queries regarding the virus. It has decided to disinfect buses, Metros and hospitals every day, and extended the provision of submitting samples for getting tested to 25 hospitals.
“Delhi has had three cases so far. We are worried about this but we are also prepared for it. We need your support. Just as we have contained it so far, we hope that we will be able to continue containing it. The first person came in contact with 105 people, the second with 168 people and the third case came in contact with 64 persons in the last 14 days. We are isolating them and taking samples," Kejriwal told reporters after a meeting of the task force.
“All passengers are being screened at airports. Those who are thermal scanned and those from Delhi are also being monitored. More than 140,603 people have been screened. In 25 hospitals, isolation beds have been prepared," he added.
The government has appealed to the residents of Delhi to inform them about those who have travelled abroad recently since the cases so far have been from those who have returned to India. There is a ban on tourists from these countries, but a ban to travel to these places have not been enforced, said Kejriwal.
“The people who have been put under quarantine, we are requesting employers to give them paid leave. For sample collection, we have made 25 hospitals equipped. This was available at two hospitals only. Metro, buses and hospitals will be disinfected on a daily basis. Appeal to all to stay away from crowded places on Holi," said Kejriwal.
Masks give a false sense of security to those who are healthy. There is no need to hoard and healthy persons do not need to wear masks, he added.