Home Minister Amit Shah To Review Covid-19 Situation In Delhi With L-G Anil Baijal, Cm Arvind Kejriwal On Sunday
On Sunday, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold a meeting with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and others to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the national capital.
The tally has reached 36,000 and more than 1,200 people have died due to the virus in the national capital. The meeting comes in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in Delhi.
Mr. Amit Shah’s office tweeted that Home Minister, Shri @AmitShah and Health Minister, @drharshvardhan to hold meeting with @LtGovDelhi, CM Delhi & members of SDMA to review the situation in the capital regarding COVID-19 tomorrow, 14th June at 11 am. Director AIIMS and other senior officers would also be present.
It is a matter of concern as, after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, Delhi is the third highest in the country in India in the number of cases of coronavirus.
There has been criticism from different quarters over the handling of COVID-19 cases in the capital with complaints of non-availability of beds in hospitals for patients and difficulty in getting the tests done in laboratories.
On Friday, the Supreme Court lashed out at the city government, terming as horrific the State of affairs in Delhi hospitals with bodies being stacked next to COVID-19 patients.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government said after the Supreme Court’s observation that it accepts with utmost respect and sincerity the apex court’s remarks and pointed out that it was trying its best to set up better infrastructure and provide quality health care to all COVID-19 patients in the city.
Arvind Kejriwal says that they will implement LG’s decision on restricting treatment in Delhi hospitals.
Mr. Baijal has also formed a six-member panel to formulate a COVID-19 management plan and suggest ways to ramp up medical infrastructure in the capital.
This comes close on the heels of Mr. Baijal’s recent assertions on hospital beds and testing and overturning of two Delhi government orders – reserving hospital beds only for residents of Delhi and testing of only symptomatic patients.
The members of Mr. Baijal’s advisory committee are DG ICMR Professor Balram Bhargava, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, National Disaster Management Authority members Krishna Vatsa, Kamal Kishore and others.
The panel suggests that the reserve Delhi’s hospitals only for residents.
The Union Health Ministry said that India surpassed the three lakh-mark in coronavirus cases on Saturday with the worst daily spike of 11,458 infections, while the death toll too climbed to 8,884 with 386 new fatalities. According to coronavirus statistics website Worldometer, India has now marked as the fourth worst-hit nation by the coronavirus pandemic with a total of 3,08,993 cases.
Moreover, the Health Ministry has said that the doubling time of coronavirus cases has improved to 17.4 days from 15.4 days. On Saturday the data updated at 8 a.m. which shows the active cases at 1,45,779 and those who have recovered at 1,54,329 whereas one patient has migrated.
A Ministry official said that around 49.9 % of patients have recovered so far.