The Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday, June 14, 2020, to review the increasing cases of COVID19 patients in the Union Capital Territory. The number of COVID19 cases has risen up to 40,000 with 1,214 deaths reported so far.
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal are also expected to accompany Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal. The meeting will also be attended by the members of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) along with Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS. Home Ministry informed about the meeting through a tweet.
With Delhi now having the third-highest number of Coronavirus patients in India, this meeting is being viewed with utmost importance. Experts speculate that the respective authorities would discuss how the SDMA can extend its help to the State Government in controlling the pandemic. On Friday the Supreme Court pulled up the Delhi government over the “horrendous, horrific and pathetic” situation in the city and said coronavirus patients were being treated “worse than animals”.
Prior to that, on Tuesday Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the COVID-19 cases in the city could rise to one lakh by the end of June and 5.5 lakh by the end of July. This created a panic among the general public at large. Though the Delhi Government was earlier claiming that it has done all the preparations to tackle the pandemic, as the number of cases rises, the government seems to falter on its promises.
It will now be interesting how the Central Government and the SDMA come forward to help the citizens of Delhi.