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Delhi to set up special paediatric task force, genome sequencing lab for possible COVID-19 third wave

Experts say that Delhi could report up to 37,000 new COVID-19 cases daily in the third wave.

Arvind Kejriwal (Source_ PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attending a meeting with health officials over COVID-19 situation (Source: PTI)

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday (June 5) announced that the state will set up a special paediatric task force and two genome sequencing labs in preparation for a possible third COVID-19 wave. Kejriwal also said that the oxygen supply will be ramped in the national capital to avoid the shortage that was witnessed in the second wave.

Experts say that Delhi could report up to 37,000 new COVID-19 cases daily in the third wave.

The CM will also create a buffer stock of important medicines.

“At the peak of the second wave, 28,000 cases were reported on one day. On the basis of our consultation with experts, we are assuming that during the peak of the third wave, there might be 37,000 cases. Keeping this number in mind, we will ramp up our beds, oxygen capacity and medicines,” he said.

The state government will also buy 25 oxygen tankers and set up 64 oxygen plants to ensure that the state doesn’t face another shortage.

“Delhi is not an industrial state and doesn’t have its own tankers but we are buying 25 tankers in order to prepare for the third wave.”

“We are creating an oxygen storage capacity of 420 tonnes to tackle the possibility of another oxygen crisis. We have spoken to Indraprastha Gas Limited and asked them to create a 150-tonne oxygen production plant,” the chief minister added.

A separate paediatric task force will also be formed which will advise the government on the protection of children during the third wave.

“We will create a team of doctors and experts to assess which medicines are required for coronavirus. If they inform us about a particular medicine being effective in the treatment of the virus, we will try and procure it. In case they say a medicine does not help in the treatment, we will make people aware about it,” he added.

On May 27, a 13 member committee was formed by the Delhi government to prepare an action plan for a possible third wave of COVID-19.

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Many health experts have said that children will be the most vulnerable section in the third wave. Children are one of the largest group that is not part of the vaccination drive that is ongoing in the country.

With inputs from PTI

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