At Amit Shah's all-party meet, Congress demands Covid-19 testing for all

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday chaired a meeting of all the parties of Delhi to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the national capital.

Delhi Congress chief Anil Kumar and Aap Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Kumar were among the political leaders who attended the meeting.

News agency ANI reported that the Congress party demanded that Covid-19 testing must to be provided to all, as it is everyone’s right. The Congress also demanded that Rs 10,000 be paid to every family whose member is infected or in containment zone, ANI further reported.

The party further reported that the fourth year medical students be used as non-permanent resident doctors to provide help during the Covid-19 crisis.

A day before the meeting, Kumar had said that the Congress has been giving positive suggestions for tackling the “deteriorating” situation of pandemic in Delhi and will do so in the meeting with Shah.

Shah had held several meetings on the coronavirus situation in Delhi on Sunday, first with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and others, and later with the mayors and top officials of municipal bodies.

He then announced a series of measures to contain the spread of the virus in the national capital. On Twitter, Shah said that a comprehensive health survey of every person would be conducted in the containment zones to check the spread of coronavirus.

“Testing for the infection will be doubled in the next two days in the capital and tripled in six days,” he added.

Shah had also directed immediate transfer of four IAS officers to assist Delhi Government in the management of Covid-19. Accordingly, two officers from Andaman and Nicobar and two from Arunachal Pradesh were reassigned to New Delhi.

Kejriwal later said that the meeting with Shah was “very productive” and decisions were taken jointly after detailed discussions on key topics.

In a statement, the Delhi government said that the Centre and the AAP dispensation has agreed on an immediate action plan to increase capacity of beds, increase testing and other important initiatives.

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