Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced his government’s “5-T” strategy to combat the Coronavirus pandemic that has so far infected more than 500 people in the Capital. The plan, Kejriwal said, will comprise efforts towards testing, tracing, treatment, teamwork, and tracking and monitoring.
Explaining the first T (Testing), the Chief Minister said in an online presser that rapid tests will be the first step, under which the government will go for mass random tests.
“We will do mass tests for Coronavirus as South Korea did,” he said. The government, he said, will get one lakh test kits from Friday for the purpose.
Delhi government has also declared three new containment areas, taking the total to seven, where the number of cases is more. Apart from the Nizamuddin Markaz, four separate containment areas have been declared in Dilshad Garden in north-east Delhi. Two more zones are in a slum cluster in New Moti Bagh and the Tibetan colony in Majnu Ka Tila.
“The government will have a special focus on these areas. ASHA workers will do the door-to-door surveillance in such areas to check if any resident is showing symptoms or not. Detailed travel history of the residents is also noted down,” said an official.
The next T step will be tracing after a person tested positive, the CM said.
“We will trace his/her movement. Their contacts will be asked for quarantine,” he said.
Explaining the next T (Treatment), Kejriwal said that the government was prepared for a situation that arises if even 30,000 people are tested positive for the virus.
“We will have 8,000 beds in hospitals, 12,000 hotel rooms and 10,000 rooms at banquet halls and guesthouses,” Kejriwal said explaining the availability of 30,000 beds if needed. Currently, 2,950 beds are reserved for COVID-19 patients.
The fourth T, he said, is teamwork as all governments were working as a team with the people to combat the pandemic.
“I am personally monitoring the situation and the preparations. I am sure if we are well prepared, we will be able to win this fight against Coronavirus,” the CM explained the fifth and the last T – tracking and monitoring.