Amit Shah calls for robust Covid-19 management in Delhi
Every death should be reported to the Centre, the Delhi government was told
While holding a meeting with Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the coronavirus situation in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday called for more contact tracing, revamping of the entire containment zone strategy and strengthening medical services in areas most affected by the virus in the national capital. The Union Home Minister also asked the Delhi government to report every death to the Centre.
The meeting was called to decide the containment of the virus in the national capital, for which a committee was constituted on June 14 under the chairmanship of Dr Vinod Paul. Set up under the direction of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the committee has called for revised demarcation of containment zones and a strict monitoring and control of activities in such containment zones.
It has recommended contact tracing and quarantining of contacts of all infected persons, with the help of Aarogya Setu and Itihas Aap. Also, for listing and monitoring of each household even outside containment zones—all this to get comprehensive information about Delhi.
The committee has also asked for keeping the COVID19 positive cases in hospitals, Covid care centres or home isolation and proper functioning of Covid care centres and taking the help of voluntary organizations and NGOs in this regard.
Recommendation for serological survey across Delhi from June 27 to July 10 in which sample testing will be conducted of 20,000 persons.
This will help in comprehensive assessment of the spread of infection in the national capital and will help draw up a comprehensive strategy. As per the plan proposed by Dr. V.K. Paul every district in Delhi will be linked to a major hospital, which will provide adequate help.
To give a shape to all such activities, the Delhi government has been asked to finalize a plan by June 22 and constitute district level teams by June 23 and revised demarcation of all containment zones by June 26 and hundred percent survey of containment zones by June 30 and a comprehensive survey of entire Delhi by July7.
A special focus has to be given about whether the person was in home isolation and whether the person was brought to hospital at the right time or not.
Amit Shah also said that all COVID-19 positive cases should be first referred to Covid centres and those who have adequate facilities at home and do not suffer from other comorbidities, can be allowed to stay in home isolation.
The Delhi government was asked to inform the Centre about the number of people kept in home isolation. The Home Minister also advised that Delhi government officials should take technical help for the revised demarcation of Containment Zones.