On a day when the number of positive cases in Delhi reached 525, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a 5-point plan to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the national capital.
Kejriwal said it will involve Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Team Work, Tracking and Monitoring.
Elaborating on the plan, he said, “we will do mass tests for Coronavirus like South Korea,” which had identified every single patient of COVID-19 through mass tests.
The Delhi Government plans to start aggressive testing, especially in hotspots like Dilshad Garden and Nizamuddin. It is aiming to conduct one lakh rapid tests in these places.
The state government will further take steps to trace those who have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient and ask them to self-quarantine themselves. It has sought the help of Delhi Police to ensure that people quarantine themselves.
On treatment, Kejriwal said his government had reserved around 3,000 beds across the national capital for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
“LNJP Hospital has 1,500 beds, G.B Pant has 500 beds, Rajiv Gandhi Hospital has 450 beds apart from several private hospitals,” Kejriwal said. The government’s plan includes taking over hotels and banquet halls, in case of need.
The Delhi Chief Minister also praised the Centre and other state governments, who he said worked as a team to contain the spread of the virus. Stating that the nature of COVID-19 is such that no government or agency can defeat it in isolation, Kejriwal said all states should continue to work together until India is COVID-19-free.
He added, “Doctors and nurses are the most important part of the team.”
Coming to Tracking & Monitoring, Kejriwal assured that the Delhi Government will actively track the situation and monitor every single aspect involved in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus.