On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah directed authorities to handover the bodies of the suspected COVID-19 cases in Delhi to relatives. He further ordered not to wait for laboratory confirmation of infection but the ashes should be treated with precaution maintaining the government guidelines.
A spokesman for the home ministry informed that three teams of four doctors each have been informed with doctors from AIIMS, and central and Delhi governments to inspect the healthcare facilities dedicated to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Delhi.
In a tweet, the spokesperson wrote, “In compliance with orders of @HMOIndia @AmitShah, @MoHFW_INDIA directs that bodies of suspected #COVID19 cases be handed over to relatives immediately without waiting for lab. confirmation; bodies to be disposed of with precaution as per Health Min guidelines dated 15.03.2020.”
In an another tweet, he said, “As per @HMOIndia directions, @MoHFW_INDIA has set up 3 teams of 4 doctors each from AIIMS Delhi, DGHS, MOHFW & #GNCTD, assisted by MCD officials; teams to inspect major dedicated #COVID19 facilities proposed in Delhi & make recommendations for improvement.”
The AIIMS hospital in Delhi has set up a new COVID-19 helpline number available for 24*7. The callers can choose their option for helpline in English or Hindi. They can take OPD appointments and also talk to volunteers while doctors can talk to consultants. The ”CoNTec AIIMS” helpline number is 9115444155.
‘CoNTec AIIMS’ stands for COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre conceptualised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and has been implemented by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The decision of making the body was taken during a high-profile meeting in Delhi on Sunday with Amit Shah. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and several other top officials attended the meeting.
The number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has rapidly increased and approached the 39,000 mark. India has recorded fresh 11,502 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total number of infections to 3,32,424. The number of deaths in last one day was recorded 325 taking the total number to 9520.