New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the national capital. This is the second meeting between Shah and Kejriwal in less than a week.   

The meeting is underway at the office of the Ministry of Home and Family Welfare and members of the State Disaster Management Authority and senior officers from the Home and Health ministries are present.

The meeting comes in the wake of rising cases of the coronavirus in Delhi which reached 38,000 and the pandemic so far claimed more than 1,200 lives in the national capital. According tp the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the recovery rate in Delhi stands at 36.38 per cent as more than 13,300 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

The meeting is focused on how to tackle the pandemic in Delhi, availability of hospital beds, testing facilities and improvements of other heath infrastructure, a government official said.

Looking at the worsening situation in the national capital, the Lieutenant Governor has also constituted a high-level expert committee which includes ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava to suggest effective steps to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The six-member panel also includes National Disaster Management Authority members Krishna Vatsa and Kamal Kishore; Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) DG Balram Bhargava, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, DGHS Additional DDG Dr Ravindran and National Centre for Disease Control Director Surjit Kumar Singh.

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that the coronavirus crisis in the city-state has turned "war-like situation", asserting that the government is trying its best to control the pandemic.

"The Delhi government is determined to provide health care for all and to ensure best possible treatment to each COVID-19 patient. But, if there are any gaps that still remain and are brought to our notice, we will act on them sincerely and immediately," the state government has said in a statement.

However, it has claimed that the state might would need 1.5 lakh beds by July 31 as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise exponentially. Though it has denied that the lockdown will not be enforced in the city-state again.

"No, the lockdown will not be extended," the Delhi Health Minister had said earlier.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma