HM Amit Shah reviews coronavirus situation in Delhi, calls for strict monitoring

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah during the 32nd Intelligence Bureau (IB) Centenary Endowment Lecture at Siri Fort auditorium, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah during the 32nd Intelligence Bureau (IB) Centenary Endowment Lecture at Siri Fort auditorium, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has chaired a high level meeting where report of Dr. VK Paul Committee on containment strategy of COVID-19 in Delhi was presented. The Containment Strategy determined by Dr. Paul, has asked to revise demarcation of containment zones and a strict monitoring and control of activities in such containment zones.

It has asked to do contact tracing and quarantining of Contacts of all infected persons, with the help of Aarogya Setu and Itihas Aap. Listing and monitoring of each household even outside containment zones, which will help in getting comprehensive information about Delhi.

The report said to keep the COVID19 positive cases in hospitals, Covid-19 care centres or home isolation and proper functioning of Covid care centres and taking the help of voluntary organizations and NGOs in this regard. It has been decided that Serological survey will be conducted in all of Delhi from 27th of this month to 10th of next month in which sample testing will be conducted of 20 thousand persons.

This will help in comprehensive assessment of the spread of infection in Delhi and will help draw up a comprehensive strategy. As per the plan proposed by Dr VK Paul every district in Delhi will be linked to a major hospital, which will provide adequate help.

The proposed report also includes a timeline for all of such activities based on which the Delhi Government will finalize a plan by 22nd of this month and will issue revised demarcation of all containment zones by 26 June as well as hundred percent survey of containment zones by 30th June. A comprehensive survey of the rest of Delhi will also be done by 6th July.

During the meeting, the Home Minister also directed the Delhi Government to conduct assessment in respect of every dead individual as regards how many days before death the person was brought to hospital and from where. 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. Every death has to be reported to the Central Government.

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 co-morbidities, can be allowed to stay in home isolation. The Central Government will also be informed of the number of people kept in home isolation. The meeting was attended by the Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan, Delhi LG Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior officials.