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Shah holds all-party meet on COVID-19 situation in Delhi


PTI, Jun 15, 2020, 12:11 PM IST

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with the leaders of all political parties of Delhi on Monday, June 15 to discuss the novel coronavirus situation, officials said.

The meeting was held in the wake of rising novel coronavirus cases in Delhi.

“Shah 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,” a Home Ministry official said.

Leaders of the BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, and the BSP have attended the meeting.

Over 41,000 people were infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Delhi and it has claimed more than 1,300 lives so far.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi is the third highest in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

On Sunday, the home minister 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.

Shah had announced that COVID-19 testing will be doubled in Delhi in the next two days and subsequently tripled.

Announcing a slew of measures after the meeting, Shah said COVID-19 tests would be started at every polling station in the containment zones and a comprehensive house-to-house health survey would be conducted in the hotspots for contact tracing.

“In view of the shortage of beds for coronavirus patients in Delhi, the Modi government has decided to immediately provide 500 railway coaches, which will be equipped with all facilities,” Shah said.

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

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