New Delhi: House-to-house screening in rural areas, restricting the movement of vehicles and intensive surveillance drive in urban areas across the national capital region (NCR) were some of the suggestions given by chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi when they met home minister Amit Shah via video conferencing to formulate a strategy for Delhi and adjoining satellite towns on Thursday.

The meeting of the chief ministers with the home minister is significant because this is the first time when chief ministers of all three states, which are part of NCR, have been brought together by the union government to find a common solution to the growing cases of coronavirus pandemic.

“HM Shri @AmitShah emphasised on, 1. Adoption of more testing using Rapid Antigen Test Kits to help reduce the infection transmission rate. These kits can be provided by GoI (union government) to UP and Haryana 2.Focus on early hospitalization to reduce mortality rates," a tweet by the official handle of home ministry spokesperson said on Thursday evening. It added that Shah has suggested options like telemedicine consultation and tele-videography with AIIMS could be availed by smaller hospitals in both the states.

Over the span of great importance long gathering, Uttar Pradesh, which has about ten locales as a major aspect of NCR, proposed that there ought to be a more noteworthy limitation of vehicles to assist check with spreading of Covid-19 in the district. Boss clergyman Yogi Adityanath likewise proposed that Uttar Pradesh would dispatch a concentrated reconnaissance drive on the lines of heartbeat polio drive in every one of the ten locales of Meerut division which incorporates areas of Ghaziabad, Nodia, Meerut, Baghpat, Hapur and Muzzaffarnagar. 

"Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has coordinated to practice alert over traffic development in NCR locale. He said the limit over developments in NCR locale can check the COVID spread. CM has coordinated to dispatch 10 days serious observation drive on the lines on Pulse Polio drive in all the areas of Meerut division and there ought to be gram panchayat and ward-wise clinical screening groups ought to be set up for the house-to-house screening. A sum of 15,000 such groups ought to be comprised," said an announcement discharged by Uttar Pradesh government. 

Altogether, Uttar Pradesh has likewise recommended that every asymptomatic patient also ought to be admitted to Covid-19 medical clinics and there ought to be one utilitarian isolate focus alongside network kitchen in each area in NCR.

The meeting on Thursday comes days after the Supreme Court asked officials from all the three states to evolve a common programme and portal to facilitate interstate movement in NCR amid the gradual lifting of the nationwide lockdown.

During the meeting, Haryana has also suggested that there should be greater monitoring of people who are travelling in NCR and also there should be greater testing in the NCR region to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Coronavirus pandemic has led to over 89,000 people testing positive in Delhi and killed 2,803 as on Wednesday. Currently, Delhi has over 27,000 active cases. In Uttar Pradesh, a number of positive cases have reached 24,056 cases (out of which 6,709 are active) and 718 deaths. The NCR region has been most affected by the pandemic.

In the NCR district of Gautam Buddh Nagar, 2,362 Covid-19 cases have been detected positive and 22 people have lost their lives so far. In Ghaziabad, so far 851 people have been infected by the coronavirus and 56 have died. A total of 14,941 Covid-19 cases were detected in Haryana and the virus so far has claimed 240 lives in the state. Gurgaon and Faridabad have reported 92 and 80 fatalities, respectively. The two districts put together account for over 9,300 infections.

"Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonepat are the worst affected districts in Haryana. Out of the over 14,000 cases in the state, there are over 10,000 cases in just these three districts and they are also part of NCR. There is a need to take greater precaution in NCR," said a senior BJP leader.
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