New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting with all the political party leaders of Delhi to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the national capital. The meeting was attended by the leaders of the BJP, AAP, Congress and the BSP.

In the meeting, Shah said that the Delhi government will start conducting 18,000 COVID-19 testing per day, informed Delhi BJP chief Adesh Kumar Gupta. The Home Minister also urged all political parties to set aside their differences during this hour of crisis and come together to fight COVID-19.

"These steps will enhance public trust and the COVID-19 situation in Delhi will improve soon," Shah said while adding that "we will have to increase COVID-19 testing in Delhi by adopting new solutions".

A Home Ministry official, quoted by news agency PTI, said that Shah also apprised the leaders of four major political parties of Delhi on the steps taken to check the coronavirus pandemic and sought their views on the issue. 

The meeting comes in the backdrop of the alarming surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country. The novel coronavirus has affected more than 41,000 people while the death toll has crossed the 1,300-mark in Delhi, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The Health Ministry also says that nearly 16,000 people in Delhi have been cured and discharged from hospitals. 

On Sunday, the home minister had also held two high-level meetings with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, mayors and commissioners of Delhi's three municipal corporations to strengthen the strategy to fight the coronavirus.

After the meeting, Shah said that a comprehensive health survey of every person would be conducted in the containment zones of Delhi to check the spread of coronavirus.

He had also said that a committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member V K Paul to ensure the availability of 60 per cent beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of tests and treatment.

(With agency inputs)

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