Delhi to screen every house for Corona by July 6

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/25/2020 12:26:48 AM

NEW DELHI, Jun 24: Delhi, burdened with a surge of the coronavirus cases to be second worst hit after Mumbai and surpassing Chennai, on Wednesday decided to screen all houses in the national capital by July 6, starting with the screening of all residences in 261 containment zones by June 30.
The 12-day screening strategy against the disease was drawn up after a series of meetings between Home Minister Amit Shah and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that governs the state, after a stinking snub by the Supreme Court on the sorry state of patients and those succumbing to death due to Covid-19.
The Home Minister announced that 20,000 corona beds will be added in the national capital by next week. Kejriwal has spotted a sprawling campus of spiritual organisation Radha Soami Satsang, Beas, on the outskirts of south Delhi to run a 10,000-bed covid-19 care facility and the Home Minister has promised to provide doctors and medical staff of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to run the centre.
On Sunday, Delhi became the second worst-affected state after Maharashtra as it surpassed in terms of infections. It has recorded 66,602 positive cases and 2301 deaths as against Tamil Nadu slipping to the third position with 64,603 infected and 833 deaths.
The healthcare system in the national capital is on the verge of collapse, with hospitals not having enough beds for the sick, making the infected wait for three to four days before admission. Amit Shah intervened and ensure that the testing is increased to 18,000 per day from 5,000 on June 12 when the Apex Court wondered why so little tests despite spike in the dreaded disease in Delhi.
Worryingly, Delhi has some 261 containment zones and the government said surveillance and contact tracing will be strengthened in these areas. Some neighborhoods were sealed to severe the chain of transmission. In containment zones, police will restrict movement and keep a tab through CCTV.
Unlike earlier when COVID-19 task forces of districts were overlooked by the district magistrates, the teams will now have district commissioner of police (DCP), civic body officials, epidemiologists, District Surveillance Officer (DSO), and IT professionals. The team will monitor Aarogya Setu app, an app the Centre uses for contact-tracing. Downloading the app would be mandatory in the hotspots.
"More than 2,500 new cases and up to 75 deaths (are) being reported every day (in Delhi). About 45% of the cases are showing signs of clustering in containment zones," the Delhi government said.
Home Minister Amit Shah has asked Delhi Government to evaluate the existing plan of containment zones' demarcation and come up with a new one which consists of buffer zones around the hotspots by June 26. "Once a zone is declared as a containment zone, it will have to strictly follow the rules and active case search will be done inside the containment zone. There will be a sufficient number of buffer zones around the containment zone," the Delhi government said.
While the Centre and AAP have joined hands, they disagreed on key points related to treatment and quarantine. At the instance of the home minister, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal mandated last week that all coronavirus patients must remain in institutional quarantine for at least five days. It created chaos, forcing him to withdraw the order on Saturday.
Another confrontation came on the Centre's order that all patients must get themselves checked at coronavirus-dedicated clinics against Delhi government's strategy of the government teams visiting the covid-19 patients to ascertain whether they need to be sent to centres or home isolation is enough. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said Delhi does not have enough ambulances to ferry all patients to the clinics.

 

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