Testing to be tripled in Delhi, 500 rail coaches turned into care centres | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: In a bid to urgently address increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the Capital, testing is set to be doubled in the next two days and tripled in six days while 500 railway coaches with 8,000 beds will be made available as care centres and a house-tohouse survey will be conducted in containment zones.

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The decisions were announced by home minister Amit Shah on Sunday after a long discussion with Delhi LG Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on the Covid-19 situation in the city where it was pointed out that testing was being carried out at just about one-third of the available capacity. The need to ramp up testing quickly and earmarking of beds in large private hospitals, as well as fixing rates for testing and treatment, was discussed while some senior AGMUT cadre officers posted in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Arunachal Pradesh have been recalled to assist the state government.

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The projections for Delhi over the next couple of months were examined and an assessment of preparedness carried out, given the Delhi government’s recent statements that cases could run into several lakhs. The meeting laid down an “immediate and comprehensive roadmap” that seeks to closely monitor emerging infections by ramped up testing and aggressive contact tracing in containment zones, increasing bed capacity and central assistance with resources like oxygen cylinders and ventilators.
Will fight Covid together: CM after meet
It has been decided that bodies will not be allowed to pile up in mortuaries and the state government will put in place an effective system to disseminate information.
Sources said the discussions proceeded cordially and all participants exhibited a sense of urgency in dealing with the situation in Delhi. Shah urged BJP-run municipal corporations to activate all resources to ensure that contact tracing and testing was carried out at the ward level. It was also decided to rope in Scouts and Guides, NCC and NSS volunteers and NGOs.
In a tweet after the meeting, Kejriwal said, “Extremely productive meeting between Delhi government and Centre. Many key decisions taken. We will fight corona together.”
Shah has convened another meeting on Monday morning with leaders of all political parties in Delhi, as part of his consultations on the Covid-19 situation in the state.
Stating that the Narendra Modi government was committed to containing the spread of Covid-19 in the Capital, Shah said in a series of tweets that the Centre would help the Delhi government in dealing with the shortage of beds. In view of citizens complaining of overcharging by private hospitals, the Centre constituted a committee under Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul to ensure availability of 60% of Covid-19 beds in private hospitals at lower rates and also to fix rates for testing and treatment. The committee will submit its report on Monday.
As directed by Shah, the health ministry on Sunday evening set up three teams of four doctors each from AIIMS, DGHS, and health departments of central and Delhi governments. Assisted by officers, the teams will inspect all major Covid-19 facilities in the city and make recommendations for improvement.
“After a few days, testing will be started at every polling station in containment zones,” Shah said. For improved monitoring, Aarogya Setu app will be downloaded on every such person’s mobile.
The Centre also decided to constitute a panel of senior doctors in AIIMS to provide telephonic guidance to small hospitals on Covid-19 systems and best practices. The helpline number was released on Sunday evening.
In view of Supreme Court’s adverse observations on the Delhi government on handling of bodies of dead patients, the Centre will revise the guidelines for funerals to reduce the waiting period for last rites.
Shah calls all-party meet
Union home minister Amit Shah has called an allparty meeting on Monday with the state representatives of four major parties that have presence in the capital — AAP, BJP, Congress and BSP — to review management of the Covid-19 situation in the city.
The decision to call the all party meeting was taken hours after Shah held high-level parleys with lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and CM Arvind Kejriwal, along with his cabinet colleagues. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan was also present in the meeting.



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