New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday held a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the national capital.

This was Shah's third meeting with Kejriwal over the coronavirus pandemic in Delhi. According to news agency ANI, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Health Secretary Priti Sudan and deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were also present at the meeting.

"In the meeting with the Union home minister, a detailed discussion was also held to make contact tracing robust in the city. All participants discussed the strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi," news agency PTI quoted an official as saying.

After the meeting, the Aam Aadm Party tweeted, "AAP Govt is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Delhi". "Hon'ble CM @ArvindKejriwal and Hon'ble Dy CM @msisodia discussed key strategies with Hon'ble HM @AmitShah on making contact tracing more robust and further strengthening of medical services in severely impacted areas," it added.

Shah has held several meetings over the coronavirus crisis in Delhi. He had met Kejriwal on Thursday and had reviewed the situation in the national capital territory (NCT) and emphasised on the need to have a unified strategy in the Delhi-NCR region to fight the highly contagious infection.

In his meeting, the Home Minister also favoured that Rapid Antigen method of tests for checking the pandemic should be started soon as it has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

"In view of the structure of Delhi-NCR region, all concerned bodies need to unite and work on a common strategy against the coronavirus pandemic. In this context, I met the Delhi Chief Minister and senior officials of the Centre and Delhi-NCR today to discuss how to evolve a strategy as soon as possible," the Home Minister had tweeted in Hindi.

Shah had also suggested that the NCR districts can consider adopting Rs 2,400 charge fixed for COVID-19 test in Delhi, besides the new rapid antigen methodology being implemented in the national capital from Thursday and assured that the central government will provide all support to them in their fight against the dreadful coronavirus.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the novel coronavirus has affected more than 56,000 people and claimed the lives of over 2,100 while more than 31,000 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals so far.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma