NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with the leaders of all political parties of Delhi on Monday to discuss about the COVID-19 situation in India. Leaders of the BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the BSP attended the meet.
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, according to a Home Ministry official.
Over 41,000 people were infected with the coronavirus disease 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 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.
He added that a committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member V K Paul to ensure the availability of 60 per cent beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of tests and treatment.