24x7 'war room' to monitor COVID status, as Delhi tallies in 1 lakh

Manned by around 25 experts, the war room will operate from Delhi secretariat, where all ministers and top bureaucrats in AAP government works.

With 2,244 new patients, the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in the national capital stopped just short of the one-lakh mark at 99,444 on Sunday.

According to the health bulletin, 63 people lost their lives fighting the deadly viral infection, taking the death toll to 3,067.

With the number continuing to increase, Delhi government has decided to set up a 24x7 Covid-19 War Room to monitor the city's fight against the novel coronavirus and suggest measures to effectively deal with the pandemic.

According to officials, the war room will be manned by around 25 experts and operate from Delhi secretariat, where all ministers and top bureaucrats in AAP government work.

Sources said that the new facility will cover all aspects of fight against the coronavirus such as testing, bed strength, medical equipment, ambulance infrastructure and containment zones.

The war room will also flag discrepancies in areas wherein authorities can take steps to prepare a robust system.

Officials said that the district administrations were currently working in silos and a centralized system was required for better coordination among various agencies and departments of the government.

"An IAS officer has been given the charge of this war room for better coordination with higher authorities in the government," said an official.

With 3,083 patients recovering or getting discharged from hospital after two consecutive negative test reports, the cumulative number of patients who managed to get over the viral infection now stands at 71,339.

On Sunday, there were just 25,038 active patients of Covid-19 in the national capital, which is a little less of one-fourth of total positive cases till date. Delhi currently has 456 active containment zones. 

(Source: ET Government)