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Coronavirus: Delhi govt sets up 5-member committee to examine readiness of all COVID hospitals

Amid the growing outbreak of coronavirus in the national capital, Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has set up a 5-member committee of doctors headed by the vice chancellor of Indraprastha University.

Coronavirus Delhi govt sets up 5-member committee to examine readiness of all COVID hospitals
New Delhi, First Published Jun 3, 2020, 3:48 PM IST
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New Delhi: A five-member committee has been constituted by the Delhi government for healthcare infrastructure augmentation and strengthening overall preparedness of hospitals to battle COVID-19, officials said.

The order to set up the panel was issued on Tuesday, the day Delhi recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,298 coronavirus cases.

The members include Dr Mahesh Verma, vice-chancellor of Indraprastha University; Dr Sunil Kumar, medical director of GTB Hospital; Dr Arun Gupta, president of Delhi Medical Council; Dr RK Gupta, former president of Delhi Medical Association; and Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, group medical director, Max Hospital, the order said.

The committee will guide the Delhi government on healthcare infrastructure augmentation and strengthen overall preparedness of hospitals to battle COVID-19, it said.

It will also guide the government on any other area where strengthening of infrastructure is required to better manage the pandemic in Delhi.

The panel has been directed to submit its report by June 6, the order said.

A record single-day spike of 1,298 fresh cases took the COVID-19 tally in Delhi to over 22,000 on Tuesday and the death toll due to the disease mounted to 556, authorities said.

Coronavirus containment zones in the national capital have risen up to 158 as the number of cases surges past 20,000. As per latest figures, Delhi has had 22,132 coronavirus cases out of which 12,333 are active cases. In the national capital, 9,243 people have recovered after contracting the virus while 556 have succumbed to the illness.

Over the last 24 hours in Delhi, 12 new containment zones have been added. 

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