As the ravaging coronavirus pandemic keeps the country in its tight grip, India looks for solutions to fight the crisis. At “The Solution Summit: India vs Covid” today NDTV discusses with several chief ministers of states, health ministers, doctors and influences to discuss the raging pandemic and ways to tackle the crisis.
India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic as 1,501 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. The country also recorded the biggest daily surge in cases with 2,61,500 infections, taking the caseload to 1.47 crore total cases.
This is the fourth straight day when over 2 lakh cases have been recorded. Over 12 lakh cases have been added to the caseload in the last one week.
Here are the highlights of the Solution Summit:
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on NDTV Solutions Summit: “Covid situation is grim. But people should not panic”. “The younger generation is getting affected really fast unlike last time. There is no testing issue in Delhi. We are conducting 1 lakh test daily,” he added.
Satyendar Jain added that people should not rush to hospitals and urgent the Centre to supply more oxygen.
Whoever has Covid, should drink around 3-4 litres of liquid, so the body is not dehydrated, Mr Jain said. “Due to emotional outbreaks, people’s parameters can get impacted, therefore crucial for family members to be calm and not panic,” Satyendar Jain said.
Dr Ashwath Narayan, Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister said: “We faced a lot of changes last year because we didn’t have the necessary infrastructure. Today we need to address both lives and livelihood. We need to take away people’s fear of COVID. We need to test only people with symptoms. All resources should be channelised to get them tested.”
Several measures have already been taken to control the spread of the virus. Seeing a spike in reinfection cases, important to detect the cases very early, Ashwath Narayan said.
“Early detection and early treatment is crucial. Trying to scale up the entire system to address the concerns of the people,” Dr Narayan said.