Daily Testing for COVID-19 and ICU beds are going to be increased say CM Arvind Kejriwal after Meeting with Amit Shah

750 ICU beds are going to be arranged at a DRDO centre here and daily testing scaled up to 1-1.25 lakh on rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi.

Daily Testing for COVID-19 and ICU beds are going to be increased say CM Arvind Kejriwal after Meeting with Amit Shah

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday after a gathering with Union Home Minister Amit Shah Around 750 ICU beds are going to be arranged at a DRDO centre here and daily testing scaled up to 1-1.25 lakh on rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi. it's vital for all agencies and governments to figure together to affect things , Kejriwal told reporters after the meeting."I want to thank the central government and therefore the home minister for calling this meeting. All the agencies will now work together. it's required now that each one work together for the health of Delhi people and save their lives," he said. The chief minister said COVID-19 beds were available in good numbers but ICU beds were filling up.

"The Centre has assured that in next two days, 500 ICU beds are going to be made available at the DRDO centre, and after a couple of more days, 250 more ICU beds are going to be arranged. So, around 750 ICU beds are going to be available there," Kejriwal said. The Centre also will help the Delhi government in getting BiPAP machines to extend the amount of ICU beds at its facilities, the chief minister said.

Another decision taken within the meeting was to proportion daily tests from around 60,000 to 1-1.25 lakh per day. The central government will help during this as Delhi government facilities are now working fully capacity, he said. The chief minister said there was no discussion on imposing restrictions in Delhi in sight of the surge in COVID-19 cases, and added that the Union home ministry would perhaps hold a gathering during this regard on Monday.

Kejriwal, who has previously blamed pollution for the increase in COVID-19 cases, said no discussion was persisted the difficulty of pollution. The chief minister later took to Twitter to hunt support of Delhiites to require precautions against COVID-19, saying there was no room for carelessness.

"Delhi has shown before that we will overcome corona once we all work together. Centre, State govt, DRDO, ICMR will double their efforts n work together but we'd like support from all delhites. we will not afford to be careless. we'd like all citizens to assist by taking all precautions." he tweeted. Earlier in the week , Kejriwal had written to the Union health minister, requesting him to reinforce the COVID-19 bed capacity in central government-run hospitals within the capital in sight of the surge in cases.

As on date, there are 16,641 COVID-19 beds, out of which the Delhi government hospitals have 5,451, those under the Centre have 3,721 and therefore the remaining are of personal hospitals, the Delhi government said during a statement. within the meeting chaired by the Union home minister, Kejriwal also asked for cooperation from the central government to tackle the pandemic, it said."The Delhi chief minister has also asked the central government to right away intervene within the matter of pollution and to instruct to the neighbouring states to require serious steps to prevent the stubble burning," the statement added. Delhi recorded 3,235 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the infection tally to over 4.85 lakh, while 95 more fatalities pushed the city's price to 7,614. The meeting was convened to plan a technique to contain the spread of the virus in Delhi, especially in sight of the festive season and decreasing temperatures amid rising pollution, said a politician . Delhi elected official Anil Baijal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and senior officers of the central government attended the meeting.

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