HM Amit Shah holds meeting with Delhi LG, CM over COVID-19 situation

shahNEW DELHI : Union home minister Amit Shah Chaired a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to hold a discussion on the corona virus situation in the National Capital. This is the third such meeting in a week.

Delhi is expecting a surge in coronavirus cases, which might touch 1 lakh by the end of this month and 5.5 lakh by the end of the next month. Currently the national capital has more than 55,000 cases and Mr Shah has formulated an unified action plan for the whole of the National Capital Region.
Delhi on Saturday witnessed the highest single-day spike of 3,630 COVID-19 cases. In a bulletin, the Delhi government informed that there are 56,746 positive cases in the national capital. “With 3,630 COVID-19 positive cases on Saturday, the total number of cases in the national capital reached 56,746 including 27,741 active cases,” the government said in the bulletin.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday said that treatment of COVID-19 patients have been made affordable in the national capital with the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
In a series of tweets, Spokesperson of Ministry of Home Affairs informed about the charges being fixed for treatment of COVID-19 in Delhi. The cost of treatment at the corona virus-designated private hospitals for isolation beds has been fixed at Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per day.
Delhi and its neighboring regions should come together in the fight against the virus and in view of its close-knit urban structure, it should be considered one, the minister had said.
Last Sunday, Mr Shah had held a meeting with the Chief Minister and health minister Satyendar Jain and issued a number of directions to contain and manage the spiraling cases of corona virus in the national capital. Mr Jain had since contracted the virus and is currently in hospital. His situation has improved after plasma treatment, doctors said.
The flurry of meetings started after the Supreme Court sharply rebuked Delhi and several other states earlier this month over their handling of the pandemic.”COVID-19 patients are treated worse than animals. In one case, a body was found in the garbage. Patients are dying and nobody is there to even attend to them,” the Supreme Court had said after media reports regarding Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital.
The situation in Delhi was “horrendous, horrific and pathetic”, the court had added, seeking response from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital, which made headlines earlier this month over media reports about the conditions inside.
Meanwhile, India saw a new 24-hour record in the number of Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 4.10 lakh. Around 15,400 of these were reported on Saturday. The country’s death toll from the pandemic also cross 13,000.
India had reported a record jump in corona virus infections on Saturday, a day after the Delhi government ordered hospitals to cancel any leave and have workers return to duty immediately. India saw an increase of 14,516 Covid-19 cases, the health ministry said, taking the total to 395,047 with 12,948 deaths.
India now has the world’s fourth highest number behind the United States, Brazil and Russia. In a memo to all government hospitals on Friday, the Delhi government ordered all leave cancelled and said further leave would only be granted under the most compelling circumstances.
A number of countries continue to evacuate their citizens from India, amid concerns hospitals in major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai may be overwhelmed.







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