Amit Shah reviews Covid situation in Delhi; RT-PCR tests to be doubled

Amit Shah reviews Covid situation in Delhi; RT-PCR tests to be doubled

New Delhi (NVI): The Central government has assured that 750 ICU beds will be arranged at a DRDO centre and daily testing will be scaled up to 1-1.25 lakh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today after a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to review the Covid situation in the national capital.

Amit Shah took stock of the situation in Delhi after the recent spike in the cases in the national capital.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and senior officers of the central government also attended the meeting.

While interacting with media after the meeting, Kejriwal said that it is very important for all agencies and governments to work together to deal with the situation.

He further said that the shortage of ICU beds is among the key problems Delhi is facing now. He said that cases are increasing in Delhi after October 20 and there was sufficient amount of Covid beds but the scarcity is with ICU beds.

The CM added that the Centre will also help the Delhi government in getting BiPAP machines to increase the number of ICU beds at Delhi government facilities.

The daily tests will also be scaled up from around 60,000 to 1-1.25 lakh per day. Kejriwal said that the central government will help in this as Delhi government facilities are now working in full capacity.

This was the second time that Shah intervened after spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi. He had held a series of meetings in June-July when a major hike in Covid-19 cases was being recorded in the city. He had also visited several Covid-19 facilities at that time.

On Friday, Kejriwal said that the COVID-19 situation in the national capital should come under control in 7 to 10 days.

Terming pollution as the “biggest reason” behind the spike, the chief minister said the situation was under control in the city till October 20.

“COVID-19 cases have been increasing for the last few days. I am also concerned about it.

Delhi reported 7,340 new Covid-19 cases and 96 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the bulletin released by the state government. With this, total cases in the national capital has reached 4,82,170.

Currently, there are 44,456 active cases in Delhi while 7,519 deaths have been reported.

-CHK/ARK