Amid rise in coronavirus cases in Delhi, CM Kejriwal to chair an ‘urgent’ meeting today

Amid covid-surge in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an urgent meeting to review the situation. The meeting comes after the national capital saw 53 per cent jump in number of coronavirus cases yesterday and will see participation from the Health minister and other officials. The emergency meeting will be held at his residence at 4 pm.

On Thursday, Delhi had reported 2,790 new coronavirus infections — its highest one day figure this year. In the same time, the city had also reported nine covid related deaths. Delhi had logged in 1,819 daily cases on Wednesday, making Thursday’s surge in daily cases 53 per cent. 

“CM office to hold an urgent meeting at 4 pm tomorrow (Friday), Health Minister Satyendar Jain and other department officials to remain present,” said an official statement released from the Chief Minister’s office. 

The statement further added that the chief minister is closely monitoring the covid-19 situation in the city, and is ensuring a daily review by receiving regular updated  from the health official. 

Today’s meeting will focus on preparing an action plan to fight the pandemic, with discussion on intensifying testing process, strengthening vaccination drive and availability of hospital beds.  

As per the directives of the CM, the health department in Delhi have increased its vigilance measures, while in 33 hospitals the ICU beds as well as those in the normal wards have been increased up to 25 per cent, from 1,705 to 2,547.

More than 80,000 tests are been carried out everyday in the national capital, according to the health department of the Delhi government.

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Worried about the resurgence in number of cases, Kejriwal has also asked the authorities to take strict action against people flouting the Covid-19 guidelines, especially against those not wearing masks in public places.

The recent surge in covid-19 cases in the country has been feared as the second wave of the coronavirus disease. Experts have warned that the infections in the country are increasing at a faster pace compared to last year.


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