- The War Room will monitor the city’s efforts to tackle COVID-19 24X7
- It will suggest measures to deal with present situation more effectively
- It will cover all aspects including testing, beds and ambulances
New Delhi: With an aim to deal with COVID-19 more effectively and step up its efforts to monitor coronavirus spread, the government of Delhi is setting up a ‘Covid-19 War Room’. The new facility is being established at the Delhi Secretariat and is expected to become operational within a few days. The facility will cover all aspects such as testing, bed strength, medical equipment, ambulance infrastructure and containment zones. According to an official of the Delhi government, the COVID-19 War Room will keep an eye on measures being taken by the authorities and project the future requirements of medical infrastructure to deal with surging cases.
The ‘COVID-19 War Room’, according to the official, will be manned by around 25 experts. He further added that apart from closely monitoring measures being taken, the war room will also flag discrepancies in those areas wherein authorities can take steps to prepare a robust system and will provide future requirements of medical infrastructure to deal with the surging virus cases. For example, in case there is a shortage of ambulance in the city, the ‘COVID-19 War Room’ will inform authorities about it and accordingly steps will be taken.
The official noted that the district administration has been taking steps in their respective areas, and that the war room will operate in a centralised manner for better coordination among the districts.
A statement released by the Delhi Government says that the Covid-19 War Room will represent a snapshot of the city’s position when it comes to tackling the Covid-19 situation. The statement also informed that the war room will operate 24X7 to ensure that efforts are being implemented effectively day and night.
Delhi has recently started a COVID-19 Care facility with 10,000 beds at at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur area and is said to be the “largest” of its kind in the world. The facility will function as an isolation centre for mild and asymptomatic COVID positive patients. 10 per cent of the beds will have oxygen facility in case the patient develops severe breathlessness and requires tertiary hospital care. The Delhi government has also launched the country’s first plasma bank at the ILBS (Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences) Hospital to help COVID-19 patients seeking plasma.
On Tuesday, Delhi recorded 1,379 fresh coronavirus cases, after which the total number of cases in the capital has crossed 1 lakh mark and currently stands at 1,00,823. The fatalities from COVID-19 has mounted to 3,115 while over 72,000 people have recovered from the disease.