Amidst rising cases of COVID-19, the Delhi government has announced a 5-point action plan to combat the coronavirus menace in the national capital. It includes 5Ts– testing, tracing, treatment, team-work and tracking — and monitoring.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the government will conduct 1 lakh random tests for COVID-19 in the hotspot areas, based on the large scale testing model used by South Korea.
“The first T is testing. If you don’t test, you won’t be able to find out which houses have been affected. It’ll go on spreading. South Korea identified every single individual through large scale testings. We are now going to do large scale testings like South Korea,” said Kejriwal.
“We have ordered kits for the testing of 50,000 people. The kits have started arriving. We have also placed orders for the rapid test of 1,00,000 people. The deliveries of kits will begin by Friday. Random tests will be done at hotspots. Detailed tests will also be done,” he added.
“The 2nd T is tracing. It is being done well in Delhi. We have also started taking the help of Police. We have given them the phone numbers of 27,702 people to find out if the people, under self-quarantine, are indeed staying at homes,” he said.
“Today we are going to give 2000 phone numbers of people who were brought out of Markaz to find out if they roamed in the area around Markaz. The areas they went out to, will be sealed and monitored,” added Kejriwal.
Providing details about the preparations to deal with the sharp spike in cases in the national capital, Kejriwal said that 2,950 beds are currently reserved for COVID-19 patients in different hospitals. He added that arrangements will be made for 8,000 beds.