Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credit: File)
Addressing the Delhi Assembly special session today, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the people of Delhi have been able to control Corona to a large extent, and it became possible only with the support of the two crores people of Delhi. He said that the Delhi Model is being discussed across the world due to various measures taken by the government.
CM Kejriwal said, "First, we need to understand that the situation of Corona was the toughest in Delhi across the country. We must keep this in mind whenever we compare the situation from other states. Corona in India came from outside, India did not have any Corona cases of its own. Corona had a huge impact in countries such as Italy and London, and many other countries and the Indians living there asked the governments of those cities that they wanted to go back to Delhi. The Indian government decided to bring these people back to India by sending special flights. Delhi is the national capital of India, and so 80%-90% of all the flights landed in Delhi. Corona was a new disease, and nobody knew about any protocol or guidelines to be followed, no quarantine, and no isolation. Our Health Secretary wrote a letter to all the district magistrates on March 22, specifying that 32000 passengers have come back to India in a single month. He also wrote that all 32000 people landed in Delhi have gone to different parts of the city, and the need is to identify them".
He added further that corona cases were not in number, there were 5000-6000 cases in Delhi when Corona started. we had nothing, no PPE or testing kits. Delhi started monitoring the situation, and we have been able to control the situation of Corona to a great extent. This is the result of teamwork. He also said that if Delhi would have tried to handle single-handedly, we would not have been able to do it. We took help from everyone. CM Kejriwal thanked Centre for supporting at every step to curb the corona spread. He said that center provioded us PPE kits, oxygen cylinders and testing kits. No government can handle it alone. 'The society came forward to help us, the two crore people of Delhi, many social organizations, many doctors' associations helped us. An NGO StepOne helped us, religious organizations such as Radhaswami Satsang and Jain Dharamshala helped us", said CM Kejriwal.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "Delhi Model is being discussed all across the world. This Delhi Model is not because of Kejriwal, it is because of the two crore people of Delhi. The biggest strength of the people of Delhi is that they have an honest, hardworking, and educated government. In the last 5-6 months, the people of Delhi have shown the path not only in Corona management but in a lot of developmental issues. The maximum number of tests across the world and all the nations are conducted in Delhi. Around 60,000 tests are conducted in Delhi on a daily basis, which means that 3000 tests are conducted per day on 1000000 people, said Arvind Kejriwal. On the per day testing front, which is 3000 per day per 1000000 across the country, Delhi is at the top, Andhra Pradesh is second at 1362, Gujarat is third at 1000 which is one-third of us, Karnataka at 983, Haryana is 990, Maharashtra is 802, Uttar Pradesh is 670, and the average of the whole nation is 819. Just like 3000 tests per day per million in Delhi, England is also testing at 3000 per day per million, the USA is at 1388 per day per million, Russia is at 2300, Peru is at 858 tests per day per million, which means that the tests in Delhi are the maximum, added Delhi CM. Arvind Kejriwal added that we have tested around 21,00,000 lakh people in Delhi until now, which is 11% of the 2 crore population of Delhi. No other state or city in the world has tested 10% of its total population. Talking about tests in specuial session, he said that we have conducted micro-audits of the Corona cases, hospitals, and the process a patient goes through in Delhi. We conducted micro-management of all hospitals in Delhi. Today, the death rate in Delhi is 0.6%, which I think is the least in all the states. Second, the home isolation idea was invented in Delhi for the first time across the world.
Arvind Kejriwal said,"We have treated around 115254 people in home isolation until now, out of which 16568 people are still in home isolation and 96288 people have recovered. Only 30 people have died out of 1.25 lakh people in home isolation, which is 0.03% and is most probably the least in the world. Many countries have praised the home isolation model of Delhi, even the ambassador of Korea is studying the home isolation model of Delhi". Arvind Kejriwal said that we conducted plasma therapy trials as we come to know about this in China. We got the nod for Phase 1, 2, and 3. He expressed happiness that the world's first plasma bank was set up in ILBS hospital in Delhi. The work that we started in April and May, the President of the USA Donald Trump allowed that on August 19, 2020.
Delhi CM concluded saying that this is a very difficult phase for everyone. In the history of mankind, no other pandemic has ever hit the world. We have to keep our politics aside and work together for humanity, added CM Kejriwal.