ICU beds, team of doctors: MHA lists measures to contain Delhi’s Covid-19 cases – india news


The Union ministry of home matters (MHA) on Wednesday listed out plenty of measures that it said were underway in Delhi to cause the Capital’s Covid-19 situation in keep watch over, days after Union home minister Amit Shah chaired an emergency assembly and announced steps to cause the situation in the city under keep watch over.

The national capital reported 6,396 cases of the coronavirus disease on Tuesday, up from 3,797 infections on Monday. The city’s Covid-19 tally stood at 495,598, including 7,812 deaths, according to a government bulletin on Tuesday.

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The home ministry shared the main points of the measures being taken following Shah’s announcement of the 12-point plan on Sunday. “Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to add 250 ICU beds to its already existing 250 ICU beds and also to create 35 BiPAP (Bilevel positive airway pressure) beds in the next 3-4 days at Covid hospital close Delhi airport,” the ministry tweeted.


Following Union Home Minister @AmitShah holding assembly on Delhi COVID situation on Nov 15 slew of measures underway. DRDO to add 250 ICU beds to its already existing 250 ICU beds & also to create 35 BIPAP beds in next 3 to 4 days at its COVID hospital close Delhi airport.

— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Matters (@PIBHomeAffairs) November 18, 2020

The ministry said 45 doctors and 160 paramedics from the paramilitary forces had already arrived in Delhi for deployment at the DRDO Covid-19 hospital and the Chhatarpur Covid care centre. The remaining doctors, it said, will arrive in the following few days.


In another step taken after assembly held by Union Home Minister @AmitShah on Nov 15 on Delhi COVID, already 45 doctors & 160 para-medics from CAPFs have reached Delhi for deployment at DRDO hospital close Delhi airport and at COVID care centre at Chhatarpur.

— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Matters (@PIBHomeAffairs) November 18, 2020

MHA also said that it had constituted ten multi-disciplinary teams to visit more than 100 private hospitals in Delhi to be able to identify additional intensive care unit (ICU) beds. “Indian Railways making to be had train coaches with 800 beds at the Shakur Basti railway station to be manned as Covid care cum isolation facility,” it tweeted.

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Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) had dispatched 250 ventilators from Bengaluru which would reach Delhi by the weekend, the ministry said, adding that while 35 BiPAP machines had been given by the Union health ministry to the DRDO facility, 25 would be given for the Delhi government.

“Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Delhi government are working together to strengthen RT-PCR testing capacity to 60,000 tests by end November,” MHA posted in another tweet. Ten mobile testing labs with a complete capacity of 20,000 would be deployed in a phased manner from next week, the ministry added.

All of the measures detailed by the MHA in its Twitter thread on Wednesday are a number of the 12 points that were put out by Shah following the emergency assembly held on Sunday. The assembly had taken place amid concerns over the worsening pandemic situation in Delhi.

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