New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that testing will be tripled in Delhi in the next six days while adding that a comprehensive house-to-house health survey will be done in the containment zones of the city-state for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Asserting that the Modi government is committed to control spread of the highly contagious coronavirus in the national capital, Shah said that the Centre will give 500 railway coaches to the Delhi government in view of shortage of beds for the COVID-19 patients in the national capital.

"In view of shortage of beds for COVID19 patients in Delhi, Modi government at Center has decided to immediately give 500 railway coaches to Delhi. These railway coaches won't only increase 8,000 beds in Delhi but these coaches will be equipped with all facilities to fight COVID-19," Shah was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The Home Minister further said that coronavirus testing will be started at every polling station in the containment zones of the national capital.

"To be able to do contact mapping well in Delhi's containment zones, a comprehensive health survey of every person will be done from house to house. The report will come in 1 week. Arogya Setu app will be downloaded in every person's mobile," Shah noted.

Shah also said that the Centre has decided to constitute a committee of senior doctors for telephonic guidance in AIIMS to provide correct information and guidelines for COVID-19 to small hospitals in the national capital.

He said that the Centre has fully assured the Delhi government that it will be provide all the necessary resources like oxygen cylinders, ventilators, pulse oximeters and all other requirements to fight the coronavirus crisis in the national capital.

"For the treatment of COVID19 in private hospitals in Delhi, a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Dr Paul to provide 60 per cent of the COVID beds in private hospitals at a low rate, to fix corona treatment and COVID testing which will submit its report by tomorrow," Shah said, as reported by ANI.

Shah on Sunday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the national capital. Following the meeting, Kejriwal said that he had an "extremely productive" meeting with the Home Minister in which "several key decisions" were taken.

Meanwhile, Baijal said, "Considering the increase in the demand for medical infrastructure, we have come here to inspect the area and check its feasibility. The decision to convert this campus into a COVID facility will be taken after analysis of several factors".

Apart from Shah, Baijal and Kejriwal, those who attended the meeting include Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, members of the State Disaster Management Authority and senior officers from the Home and Health ministries.

The meeting comes in the wake of increasing number of coronavirus cases in Delhi, where the tally has reached nearly 39,000 cases and the death toll rose to over 1,200.

Shah has also called a separate meeting in the evening with the mayors of Delhi's three municipal corporations -- North, South and East -- and commissioners of the civic bodies to discuss the coronavirus situation in the capital. The lieutenant governor, chief minister and the Union health minister will also attend the evening meeting.

(With PTI and ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma