Amit Shah's Unified Delhi-NCR Plan To Fight Coronavirus


"A total of testing samples of 27,263 have been collected in #Delhi from 15 to 17 June 2020 against the daily collection which varied between 4,000-4,500 earlier", spokesperson, home affairs ministry said in a tweet.

Sources in Delhi government on Wednesday said contact tracing of people who interacted with him in the last couple of days, has been started, and accordingly they will be quarantined as per the advice of doctors.

A panel established to resolve on rates to be charged by private hospitals in the national capital for isolation beds, ICUs with and without ventilator support for patients of the coronavirus has given its recommendation, the Union Home Ministry said on Friday.

However, going a step further, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal made a decision to cap the cost of RT-PCR tests to Rs 2,400 per test for all the categories of patients, whether under government treatment or under private treatment. "A large number of people have turned up for COVID-19 tests in different locations and it will be completed by this evening", he added. It had asked the government to identify a list of private hospitals which can treat Covid-19 patients free or at a minimum cost. He said the government had distributed 50,000 kits for the goal.

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The Minister told the meeting that the committee also decided on rates for COVID-19 beds and treatment, and these rates could also be applicable to hospitals in the NCR region after consultations. The order comes a day after the Union Home Ministry capped the price for the COVID-19 RT-PCR test in the national capital. The Centre will fund the expenses.

"After detail discussions and taking all factors into account, it was chose to fix a rate of Rs 2,400 for each RT-PCR test applicable to specimens provided by the government (panel)". Similarly, the ambulance strength will be increased from 350 to 1,000.

The hospital was recently declared a dedicated COVID-19 facility. "As many as 7.32 lakh N 95 masks, 4.41 lakh PPE kits and 25 lakh HCQ tablets have also been given".

Chairing a meeting in New Delhi today to review the preparations for management of COVID-19, Amit Shah said that keeping in view the close knit urban structure of the NCR region, it is necessary for all concerned authorities in Delhi and the NCR region to come together to tackle the virus.