Delhi L-G urges Kejriwal govt to be prepared, even if prevailing Covid surge declines



New Delhi: The Delhi government should not let its guard down despite the improving Covid-19 situation in the national capital, the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi Anil Baijal said on Wednesday. He also stressed that  the city should be prepared to deal with any unforeseen situation. 

The remarks came at a meeting to review the management of Covid-19 situation in the national capital which also saw the presence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other government officials such as the commissioners of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and senior officials from the Delhi Police, a statement from the LG’s office confirmed.

“It was felt that a regular monitoring and status update of distribution of free ration and money disbursal to labourers under the schemes announced at the beginning of the lockdown will ensure their effective delivery to the beneficiaries in need,” the statement said.

In the meeting, the Delhi L-G also noted that the number of Covid-19 tests, especially the RT-PCR tests, carried out in the city should not fall. He also highlighted that due to the existing lockdown, the number of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) carried out in Delhi has “naturally gone down.”

Briefing on other measures, he also urged the government to ensure the availability of drugs to treat the emerging black fungus (Mucormycosis) disease and asked the state government to take necessary steps for the availability of the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s new Covid-19 drug for patients in need.

Meanwhile, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that a special task force would be created which will specifically focus on protecting children from the third wave of Covid-19. “If the third wave of Corona comes, then we have to be prepared in advance to fight it, today in a meeting with the officials, took some important decisions- 1. To create special task force to protect children from the third wave. 2. Adequate beds, oxygen and better management of essential medicines,” he tweeted.

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