New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed Delhi Covid-19 situation, third time in a week, with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after 3,000 more cases were detected in the national capital and 63 more patients have died in the last 24 hours.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tweeted: "CM Arvind Kejriwal and Dy CM @msisodia discussed key strategies with HM Amit Shah on making contact tracing more robust and further strengthening of medical services in severely impacted areas."Delhi has a total number of 59,746 coronavirus cases out of which 33,013 have been cured but 24,558 are still active, while 2,175 people have died due to the pandemic so far.This is third such meeting after the Covid cases in Delhi rose exponentially. The Delhi Government has decided to ramp up ambulance number to 1,000 in the capital and reserve 60 beds in private hospitals for Covid patients and 450 beds in Burari to be added.Earlier with the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, the testing capacity and quick delivery of results in Delhi - testing via Rapid Antigen methodology was started at 193 testing Centres in the national capital.--IANSmiz/skp/
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Three days after Home Minister Amit Shah visited the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital, his junior ministers G. Kishan Reddy and Nityanand Rai on Thursday inspected the functioning of various Rapid Antigen Detection Test Centres set up in the national capital.In the surprise visits, Reddy visited labs in R.K. Puram, Basant Gaon and Naraina area while Rai visited some labs in Aya Nagar Phase-VI, Tigri, Mehrauli and Dakshin Puri. Shah visited the LNJP hospital on Sunday to check the preparedness in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.The visit of the two Ministers of State for Home is significant amid Shah's focus to conduct Covid-19 testing through the new Rapid Antigen methodology which has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The Home Minister in a meeting at his North Block office here on Thursday morning also stressed on the Rapid Antigen methodology, saying "it will ramp up testing capacity, and will help in early diagnosis and early treatment".The Centre as well as the Delhi government is focusing on maximum Covid-19 testing at a time when over 47,102 people have been infected with the deadly virus in the national capital, with as many as 1,904 people succumbing to the dreaded virus.--IANSrak/arm
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday held a high level meeting with senior officials to review COVID-19 situation in Delhi-NCR. The meeting was also attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.In a 75-minute meeting that began at 12 noon in the North Block office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shah took stock of the situation linked to the novel coronaviurs pandemic and preparedness to contain the virus in the national capital and the National Capital Region. This was the third meeting between Shah and Kejriwal over the COVID-19 situation in the national capital, which so far has reported 47,102 confirmed cases that include 27,741 active cases and 1,904 deaths. Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Srivastava and Gautam Buddha Nagar District Magistrate Suhas L.Y. were among other Delhi-NCR senior officers who participated in the meeting amid the growing menace. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also attended the meeting that was arranged after two consecutive meetings chaired by the Home Minister on June 14-15 to handle the COVID-19 situation in Delhi.The meeting was organised soon after Shah directed to do double testing for COVID-19 in Delhi from Thursday as per the new Rapid Antigen methodology -- the technique which will be much faster and cheaper. For this, the test kits will be provided to Delhi on a priority basis. A total of 169 centers has been set up here for collection and testing of the samples.--IANSrak/dpb
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Following directions from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, all government, state and private hospitals in Delhi are ensuring speedy cremation/burial of bodies of COVID-19 patients, a MHA statement said on Tuesday.The hospital staff had performed the last rites of most COVID-19 dead after the consent/presence of their families and relatives, the statement said. The disposal of remaining 36 deceased patients will be done by Wednesday as their next of kin were not in Delhi at present.The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued strict directions to hospitals that there should be no delays in cremation and burial of all bodies.--IANSmiz/tsb
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) From holding meetings with Delhi Mayors to formulating strategy down to the municipal level to directing Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev to ensure installation of CCTV cameras in all corona wards in each Covid-19 designated hospitals in the city, the Union Home Minister has emerged as the 'Shah' of Delhi, someone who has taken the charge to salvage the situation in wake of the rising pandemic tally that none less than the Supreme Court has described as "horrendous, horrific, pathetic".The optics of Amit Shah going to LNJP - a Delhi government-run hospital and reviewing the situation and reacting with the medical staff is impossible to not being compared to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who seems to have willingly taken a backseat, faced with the unprecedented situation.However, installing CCTVs was not the only directive Shah gave to Delhi Chief Secretary - someone who reports to the Delhi government. He also instructed for psycho-social counselling of doctors and nurses engaged in treatment of patients infected with the virus. Shah's instructions were minute and forward looking. He also directed the Delhi Chief Secretary that back-ups for canteens should also be established, so that in case, there is an infection in one canteen, patients can continue to get food without disruption.Shah's choice to visit LNJP is also significant. The hospital recently invited negative publicity after several videos shot in its premises purportedly showed patients' bodies lying on the floor in wards. The videos also showed some elderly patients left unattended even as they cried for help. Even the apex court has taken strong note of media reports, lashing out at the Kejriwal government.Just before that visit, Shah announced on Monday that coronavirus testing will be made available to all in Delhi, after he met an all-party delegation at his North Block office. This comes despite an all-party meeting that was convened by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, technically the head of Delhi. Already feeling the political heat, the Congress made it worse for the Aam Aadmi Party when Delhi Congress chief Anil Kumar asked: "The question that needs to be asked is why did Arvind Kejriwal not take the initiative like the ones taken by the LG and the Union Home Minister."Coming out of the all party meeting, Delhi's ruling party's representative, parliamentarian Sanjay Singh merely told reporters: "During the all-party meeting, it has been decided that the number of 1,900 beds in state government hospitals, 2,000 beds in Central government hospitals and 1.078 beds in private hospitals will be increased for Covid-19 patients."A day before, Sunday was not a time of leisure either for the man who is increasingly appearing to have taken Delhi's charge in his hand. Shah's Sunday was action packed with back to back meetings. First it was with Chief Minister Kejriwal, LG Baijal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan among others. Sources say that the meeting was to identify what is the current situation of the pandemic in the national capital. He attached six Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers to the Delhi government to assist in Covid-19 management.Next, Shah held another meeting on Sunday evening with all Delhi Mayors to devise a strategy that goes down to the municipality level. AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria was also present on Sunday.While the Delhi government is run by the AAP, the MCDs are governed by the BJP. Shah's twin meetings on Sunday were a clear signal - get over with politics, time to join hands. On Monday, that signal was articulated more comprehensively when Shah tweeted: "The Modi government is determined to prevent the coronavirus infection in Delhi. To stop the spread of the virus, testing will be doubled in the next two days and after six days the testing will be increased three-fold. Subsequently, after a few days, every polling station in the containment zones will be covered for testing."But that hasn't stopped the obvious political potshots. BJP's General Secretary (Organisation) B.L. Santosh and someone who technically is number two after party chief J.P. Nadda, within the organisation tweeted: "Home Minister @AmitShah visits LNJP Hospital , Delhi to review operations & preparedness. Till to date the Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal did not find time to visit to hospitals . Governance is never a priority for anarchists."Whether governance is a priority for Kejriwal or not is a matter of political debate. However, what is not is how the Delhi Chief Minister relinquished the authority to Amit Shah who has now stepped in and cracked whip in the last 48 hours to get the spiralling pandemic situation in the national capital under control.--IANSabn/rak/vd
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday directed Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev to ensure installation of CCTV cameras in all corona wards in each COVID-19 designated hospitals in the city as well as psycho-social counselling of doctors and nurses engaged in treatment of patients infected with the virus.Shah's instructions came during his surprise visit to Covid-designated Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital here around 4 p.m. The Home Minister said there is a need for CCTV cameras in each COVID-19 ward for proper monitoring of problems being faced by the patients so that it could be resolved.He also directed the Delhi Chief Secretary that back-ups for canteens supplying food should also be established, so that in case there is an infection in one canteen, patients can continue to get food without disruption. Shah directed that psycho-social counselling of doctors and nurses engaged in service to humanity through the treatment of Corona patients should also be done. "This will ensure that not only are they physically but also psychologically fit to fight the pandemic."The visit followed an all-party meeting, chaired by Shah at his North Block office in the morning, in the backdrop of worrying spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital. LNJP recently invited negative publicity after several purported videos shot in its premises showed patients' bodies lying on the floor in wards. The videos also showed some elderly patients left unattended even as they cried for help. Refuting such claims, the hospital said several people had recovered there. "Videos that show patients lying on the ground have been shot at different time periods," it claimed. On Sunday, Shah had a meeting with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Members of the State Disaster Management Authority, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, Commissioners of three Municipal Corporations and senior officers from the Union Home and Health Ministries were also present. Shah's visit assumes significance as the number of Covid-19 cases in the city crossed 41,000 and the death toll rose to 1,327.--IANSrak/skp/
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