Lieutenant Governor Asks Expert Panel To Suggest Measures To Tackle Current Covid-19 Situation In Delhi
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Lieutenant Governor Asks Expert Panel To Suggest Measures To Tackle Current Covid-19 Situation In Delhi

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In view of rising coronavirus cases in Delhi, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday asked a six-member expert panel to come up with suggestions to deal with the current Covid-19 situation and ramp up health facilities in the national capital, sources said.

Baijal held a meeting with the members of the panel among who are Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria and National Centre for Disease Control Director Sujeet Kumar Singh.

The expert panel will hold another meeting in the next few days to discuss the strategy to arrest the spread of the coronavirus in the national capital and it is likely to submit its report by Sept. 30, the sources said.

"The LG has asked the six-member expert panel to come up with suggestions on how to tackle the current Covid-19 situation in Delhi. Also, it will suggest measures to ramp up heath facilities, including beds," a source said.

Also read: Delhi High Court Stays AAP Government Decision To Reserve 80% ICU Beds In Private Hospitals For Covid-19

Before Sept. 20, the national capital recorded over 4,000 Covid-19 cases a day for five consecutive days.

The city recorded 4,071 cases on Sept. 19; 4,127 on Sept. 18; 4,432 on Sept. 17; 4,473 on Sept. 16 and 4,263 on Sept. 15.

On Monday, 2,548 new cases were reported as only 33,733 tests were conduct on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the Delhi High Court stayed the AAP government's order directing 33 big private hospitals to reserve 80% of Intensive Care Unit beds for Covid-19 patients.

However, the Delhi government said it would challenge the high court order on Wednesday.

A Delhi government functionary said that it is extremely important to reserve ICU beds in private hospitals to deal with rising coronavirus cases in the city.

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