NEW DELHI: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday constituted a high-level expert committee which includes ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava to suggest effective steps to deal with the pandemic as cases continue to rise with the day reporting the highest spike in 24 hours so far with 2,137 more patients.
The move comes on a day the Supreme Court tore into the Delhi government over the “sorry state of affairs” for treatment of COVID-19 patients at its hospitals here and also ..
With 2,137 fresh instances, the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 36,824, the health department’s bulletin said. Seventy-one deaths were reported as the toll reached 1,214.
The six-member panel also includes National Disaster Management Authority members Krishna Vatsa and Kamal Kishore; Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) DG Balram Bhargava, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, DGHS Additional DDG Dr Ravindran and National Centre for Disease Control Director Surjit Kumar Singh.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that it”s a “war-like situation” and the city government will try every means available to get more doctors and medical staff to meet the ever-increasing requirement.
“The high-level panel will advise the DDMA on various aspects of COVID-19 management, including integration of measures being taken by various agencies for effective mitigation. It would also help in formulating a practical approach to effectively deal with the COVID-19 crisis,” the source said.
Kejriwal had recently claimed that Delhi would need 1.5 lakh beds by July 31 if people from other states start coming to the national capital for treatment.
Another panel constituted by the lieutenant governor has suggested using Pragati Maidan, Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and JLN Stadium as makeshift COVID-19 facility to deal with the surge in number of cases.
The panel has also suggested using Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium and Dhyanchand National Stadium for the purpose. PTI BUN NSD NSD