Union Home Minister Amit Shah has emphasized on the need to have a unified strategy in the Delhi-NCR region to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a time when Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram authorities have been blaming Delhi for the sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in these three NCR districts, the number of containment zones in Ghaziabad went up to 279 on Thursday. This was the third meeting between Shah and Kejriwal on the COVID-19 situation in the national capital, which has so far reported 47,102 confirmed cases that include 27,741 active cases and 1,904 deaths.
Sources in Delhi government on Wednesday said contact tracing of people who interacted with him in the last couple of days, has been started, and accordingly they will be quarantined as per the advice of doctors.
450 people were found infected with coronavirus in Delhi in the new testing programme involving quick-result kits in all containment zones. After Mumbai, Delhi is emerging as a city with a serious situation.
"After detail discussions and taking all factors into account, it was chose to fix a rate of Rs 2,400 for each RT-PCR test applicable to specimens provided by the government (panel)".
"Committee constituted at the directions of union home minister to fix rates for care of patients with COVID-19 in private hospitals and for testing in private laboratories in NCT". "How will private hospitals survive as their turnovers have reduced?"
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday discussed with officials of Delhi, Haryana and UP governments to take stock of preparedness of COVID-19.
A senior pulmonologist had examined him and said, "we will be keeping him under observation" just in case more medical attention is required later.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, private hospitals can not overcharge COVID-19 patients for their hospitalization. "The specimens will be collected by the government facility on its own", said the recommendation report accessed by CNBC-TV18.
"To provide relief to the common man in Delhi, HM Amit Shah constituted a committee under Member of Niti Aayog to fix rates charged by private hospitals in Delhi for isolation beds, ICUs without ventilator support & ICUs with ventilator support".
"Total 169 rapid testing centres have been set up today and the tests are being conducted via new Rapid Antigen methodology approved by ICMR".