Coronavirus: door-to-door investigation into COVID-19 begins in Delhi

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Door-to-door Covid-19 investigations have started in the nation’s capital in close coordination with the Home Office (MHA) and the Delhi government – one of the main actions taken under the Centre’s multiple plans uncovered after a meeting with Union Home Secretary Amit Shah last week.

The MHA confirmed the decision on Saturday, advising that “the NCT Delhi government has started a door to door investigation.”

What does the investigation consist of?

The screening exercise involves looking for signs of the flu such as fever, sore throat, cough and asking them about their travel history to map the virus.

The aim is to identify people with Covid-like symptoms, to create a comprehensive database and to have them tested.

Three said after a high-level meeting on November 15 between the Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, among other officials, following the increase in Covid-19 cases in the capital nationwide, the MHA said the door-to-door investigation was advanced. and was scheduled to start this weekend and end on November 25.

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MHA spokesperson Nitin Wakankar shared the information in a series of tweets about the start of the investigation for which district officials chained civil defense volunteers, accredited social health activists ( Asha), auxiliary nurse-midwives, stand managers and municipal staff, including domestic livestock controllers, licensed inspectors and sanitation workers – except government health workers who have work experience.

In line with the Centre’s assurance to assist the Delhi government in the fight against Covid-19 after Shah’s meeting with Kejriwal, Wakankar said 125 ventilators from Bharat Electronics Limited have reached Delhi and 116 oxygen beds have been added in central government hospitals and throughout India. Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Intensive care beds in Delhi increased by 205 in central government, Delhi government and private hospitals following a meeting held by Union Home Minister @AmitShah on November 15 to strengthen the medical infrastructure for the Covid surge, ”the spokesperson said.

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has increased RT-PCR testing capacity from 27,000 tests per day to 37,200 on the instructions of the Home Secretary, the official said, adding that 30,735 RT-PCR samples have been collected in Delhi on November 19 compared to 12,055 RT-PCR samples on November 15.

In his leadership, Shah had said that ICMR and the Delhi government should work together to increase RT-PCR testing capacity to 60,000 tests by the end of November.

The government of Uttar Pradesh has issued instructions to conduct investigations of private hospitals on the same footing as those carried out by the multidisciplinary teams set up by the MHA, the official added.

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Cases of Covid-19 in Delhi started to increase after October 20. In the week ending November 14, Delhi recorded unprecedented levels of new cases, and daily deaths hovered around 100 per day.

Following contributions received from Delhi, the Union Home Minister held a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and reviewed the situation resulting from the surge in Covid- cases. 19, making sure to provide 750 intensive care beds in Delhi and many more steps.

Meanwhile, Delhi has so far reported 5,17,238 positive cases. Of this total, 4,68,143 patients recovered and 8,159 lost their lives to the virus. According to the latest 24-hour data, a total of 6,608 Covid patients have been found positive in Delhi as of Friday.

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