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Amit Shah helms meeting over Covid-19 crisis in Delhi, suggests scaling up contact tracing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar and Arpan Rai
Jun 21, 2020 08:40 PM IST

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, a day earlier said that treatment of Covid-19 patients have been made affordable in the national capital under the guidance of home minister Amit Shah.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday chaired a review meeting to discuss the Covid-19 crisis in Delhi, a week after he held a series of meetings with top Delhi government officials, including chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and L-G Anil Baijal.

Union home minister Amit Shah, health minister Harsh Vardhan, and others during a meeting on strengthening the Covid-19 response in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Union home minister Amit Shah, health minister Harsh Vardhan, and others during a meeting on strengthening the Covid-19 response in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)

After the meeting, the Aam Aadmi Party said that the state government is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, following chief minister Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia’s discussions on key strategies with the Union home minister this evening.

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Among other measures, contact tracing is likely to be scaled up in Delhi and medical infrastructure will also be strengthened in areas which have been badly hit by the coronavirus infection.

Shah has been regularly holding meetings over the coronavirus health crisis in the national capital amid a sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 positive cases. Delhi on Saturday witnessed the highest single-day spike of 3,630 Covid-19 cases. The numbers, however, dipped a little with the capital city reporting 3,000 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday, according to latest health department data.

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The health bulletin issued by the Delhi government indicated that there are 59,746 positive cases in the national capital.

The Delhi chief minister, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, LG Anil Baijal and other health department officials attended the meeting via video conferencing. Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and health secretary Priti Sudan also participated in the meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal a day earlier said that treatment of Covid-19 patients have been made affordable in the national capital under the guidance of home minister Amit Shah.

The home minister had earlier in the week visited LNJP Hospital to see for himself the treatment options being provided to coronavirus patients in the nation capital. He had also interacted with doctors at the facility and other healthcare workers.

On Saturday, L-G Baijal also announced the rollback of the compulsory 5-day institutional quarantine for every Covid-19 positive patient in Delhi, reversing an earlier order.

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