Home Secretary reviews COVID-19 situation and preparedness in Delhi-NCR
New Delhi, January 7, 2022
Amidst the huge surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, especially of the Omicron variant, in the city and surrounding areas, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla chaired a meeting here yesterday to review the situation and preparedness in the National Capital Region (NCR), which includes Delhi and nine bordering districts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Keeping in view the close-knit urban structure of the NCR, the Home Secretary emphasized that it is necessary for all concerned authorities in the region to come together to tackle the virus. He reiterated the need to have a unified strategy in Delhi-NCR to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed that, because the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, no stone should be left unturned to deal with any surge in cases and immediate steps should be taken to further strengthen the monitoring and containment mechanism. He said the State and local administration should strictly enforce the norms of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour -- wearing of face masks and maintaining safe social distance -- in all public areas and public gatherings.
Bhalla emphasized that the health infrastructure in all the districts of Delhi-NCR should be immediately strengthened to deal with any enhanced requirement. Further, it should be ensured that oxygen supply equipment is fully functional and buffer stocks of essential drugs are maintained.
The Home Secretary underlined the need for ramping up of testing in all the districts of Delhi-NCR, where testing appears to be less. All measures and mechanisms to contain the spread of the virus must be reinvigorated.
The meeting was attended by Dr. V K Paul, Member (Health) Niti Aayog, and other senior officers of the Central Government and Chief Secretaries/ ACSs of the States of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi, along with officials from the district administration of NCT of Delhi and the neighbouring districts.