Delhi, the national capital, is the third worst affected state in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Last week, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal overruled Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision on keeping hospitals in the city open to Delhi residents only and to limit the scope of COVID19 testing. The Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced that the testing will be doubled in the state in the next two days and subsequently tripled. He further added that COVID-19 tests would be started at every polling station in the containment zones and a comprehensive house-to-house health survey would be conducted in the hotspots for contact tracing. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has issued an order of attaching the hotels in the state to hospitals for turning them into COVID19 treatment centres. The Taj Man Singh Hotel has been attached to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and has been directed to place all its rooms at the disposal of the hospital. The Indian Railways also suspended the train services from the Anand Vihar railway station as the platforms have been reserved for the deployment of isolation coaches for coronavirus patients in the state.
To know more about the current situation in the national capital and how prepared is Delhi to contain the coronavirus, we reached out to Inayat Singh Kakar, a public health researcher and a public health activist who works with Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a national platform that coordinates activities and actions on health and health care across the country.