New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed the COVID-19 crisis in the national capital.

After meeting Shah, the Delhi Chief Minister said that the central government has assured him of all cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus.

"Met Sh Amit Shah, Hon'ble HM. Discussed the situation on corona in Delhi in detail. He assured of all cooperation," said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief in a tweet after meeting Shah.

The meeting between the two leaders comes amid the surging rises in the number COVID-19 cases in the city-state. According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the COVID-19 infection has affected over 31,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 900 while nearly 12,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Amid the alarming situation, Kejriwal on Wednesday also said that the national capital will need 1.5 lakh beds by July 31 once people start coming from other states for treatment of coronavirus patients while adding that "COVID-19 cases will rise rapidly increase in the national capital".

"Delhi will need 1.5 lakh beds in healthcare facilities by July 31 once people start coming to the city for treatment from other states," he said earlier in the day.

The remarks from the Delhi Chief Minister came a day after his deputy Manish Sisodia dimissed the reports of community transmission in the national capital.

"By 15 June, there'll be 44,000 cases and 6,600 beds will be needed. By 30 June we'll reach 1 lakh cases and 15,000 beds will be required. By 15 July there'll be 2.25 lakh cases and 33,000 beds will be needed. By 31 July, 5.5 lakh cases expected and 80,000 beds will be needed," Sisodia had earlier.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal also spoke about the reversal of his government's decisions by Anil Baijal to reserve state-run and private hospitals in the national capital for Delhiites, he said some people are saying that the Centre and the LG do not have any power to turn down the decision of an elected government, which was formed following a huge mandate.     

"However, we will implement the Centre's decision and LG's order in letter and spirit because this is not the time for disagreement and arguments. I want to send a message to those sitting in the government and political parties that it will be implemented. This is not the time to do politics. All of us have to fight together and defeat COVID-19," he said. 

Kejriwal also urged the people in Delhi to make three things "a mass movement" -- wearing masks, following social distancing and washing hands.

"COVID-19 cases are increasing very fast. We have to protect ourselves. If somebody is not following these three norms, we have to request him or her with folded hands to do these things as all of us had done during the implementation of odd-even rules," he said.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma