A crucial meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Delhi began this morning. Union Home Minister Amit Shah convened this meeting while Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attended it. Officials of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) were present in the meeting following Delhi adding 2,134 new coronavirus disease cases, the second-highest number of cases it has added in a 24-hour period, yesterday.
The meeting comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting in which he discussed the situation in Delhi. Shah and Union health minister Harsh Vardhan was present in the meeting. This is the second meeting between Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal in less than a week over the pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Amit Shah, Dr Harsh Vardhan and other ministers over the rise in COVID-19 infections in the country, the fourth worst-hit by the pandemic. They discussed the situation in the states and Union Territories, including Delhi, where coronavirus cases have been rising.
The Supreme Court on 12 June took the Delhi government to task over the handling of the outbreak as it sought a response on the fall in coronavirus testing in the city. Slamming the AAP government for not following the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the top court said: “The situation in Delhi is horrendous, horrific and pathetic. (A) very sorry state of affairs in its hospitals that aren’t giving due care and concern to the bodies!” It also sent notices to centre, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
Prime Minister Modi will meet chief ministers of different states on 16 and 17 June to discuss the COVID-19 situation in their respective states. The meeting with Kejriwal will take place on 17 June along with chief ministers of those states that are seeing a sharp rise in the number of cases.
With the fresh spike in cases, Delhi’s tally crossed the 36,000-mark, and the death toll due to the disease climbed to 1,214, authorities said.
It was the second consecutive day when the number of reported cases breached the 2,000-mark. On Friday, Delhi had witnessed 2,137 cases,the highest single-day spike in the national capital.
As many as 57 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.
So far as many as 14,945 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated to another country, while there are 22,742 active cases, a health bulletin from Delhi health department said on Saturday.