New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said Delhi is given 500 railway coaches to deal with the shortage of beds for coronavirus patients. Among a series of measures, it’ll also receive central help to extend the number of tests conducted, he posted in multiple tweets after a gathering with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today. The meeting, where Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was also present, passed a pair of days after the Supreme Court pulled up Delhi and several other states over their handling of the pandemic. The urban center has logged nearly 38,000 cases to this point. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that going by the present doubling rate within the city, 5.5 lakh cases and over 80,000 hospital beds are expected by the top of July, that Delhi isn’t adequately prepared.
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- In view of the shortage of beds for Corona infected patients in Delhi, the Modi government in the middle has decided to right away give 500 railway coaches to Delhi. These railway coaches won’t only increase 8000 beds in Delhi but this coach is going to be equipped with all facilities to fight the corona infection Amit Shah tweeted. The Centre also will supply the mandatory resources including random test kits, oxygen cylinders, ventilators, and pulse oximeters to fight this epidemic.
- In another tweet, Mr. Shah said COVID-19 tests in Delhi are doubled within the next two days and tripled after six days. Testing is going to be started at every place in each containment zone. The visit testing from 7,000 to 5,000 every day made headlines last week and also the Supreme Court asked the Delhi government to elucidate things “when Chennai and Mumbai have increased their testing from 16,000 to 17,000”.
- To improve on the contact mapping within the national capital’s containment zones, a “comprehensive health survey of each person is done from house to house”, Mr. Shah said. The report will come within every week. The capital currently has 219 containment zones.
- To help private hospitals handle coronavirus patients, the Centre will form a committee of senior doctors at Delhi’s prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which is able to provide guidance on the telephone. The helpline number will be released tomorrow.
- A committee under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul will present its report tomorrow on providing 60 percent of the beds in-camera hospitals reserved for coronavirus patients at an occasional rate, fixing treatment and testing costs.
- Delhi currently contains a quarter of the 80,000 beds it needs. The Delhi government has said over the approaching week, it’ll add 20,000 beds across the hotels and banquet halls of the town to deal with the expected surge of patients.
- Last week, the Arvind Kejriwal government’s order the hospitals to runs for the people of Delhi was scrapped by elected official Anil Baijal, who said treatment “should not be denied to any patient on grounds of being a non-resident”.
- On Friday, the Supreme Court had pulled up Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Bengal over the handling of the outbreak. “COVID-19 patients are treated worse than animals. In one case, a body was found within the garbage. Patients are dying and no-one is there to even attend to them,” the Supreme Court said. the case in Delhi, it said, was “horrendous, horrific and pathetic”.
- The city has logged nearly 38,000 cases thus far. Delhi is at the third position — after Maharashtra and province — in terms of cases and recorded quite 2,000 cases for a second consecutive day on Saturday