The Union Home Office has ordered the gradual closure of two special and temporary COVID care centers in the city in preparation for a “continuing decline” in coronavirus cases, officials said on Tuesday.

While the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel COVID Hospital located in the Delhi cantonment area is managed by the DRDO, the operational Sardar Patel COVID care center in the Chhattarpur region in south Delhi is managed by the ITBP.

In accordance with a directive consulted by the PTI, the Ministry of the Interior (MHA) asked the Defense Research and Development Organization to “close” the facility managed by it and ordered the medical services of the forces. armed forces (AFMS) to withdraw their workforce of health professionals. this center and ordered the same with “immediate effect” to the ITBP for the installation of Chhattarpur.

Both facilities will be closed in stages. Those admitted will be gradually released and no new admissions will be made now, a senior interior ministry official said.

The decision to close the two temporary facilities, which began operations in June-July last year, was taken after a review meeting held by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla at the start of the months with officials from the Ministry of Health and Family, AFMS. , ITBP and DRDO, officials said.

The MHA said the two centers were closed “due to the continued decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in relation to the adequate availability of medical facilities.”

According to the latest data updated on Monday, Delhi recorded 128 new cases of COVID-19 and one death and the positivity rate was 0.30%.

The number of active cases stands at 1,041, according to the data.

It was also formulated during the meeting that medical personnel from various Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) working in the center managed by the ITBP should now be deployed to their respective locations after being brought here under special circumstances for manage the spiral of pandemic cases.

The center in Chhattarpur, which has also been called the world’s largest COVID care center with over 10,000 beds, currently has no intensive care patients, while around 60 coronavirus patients are admitted to the ward, according to official data.

This center, located on the Radha Soami Beas campus, has so far treated more than 12,000 patients, some of whom have returned from abroad.

The Indo-Tibetan border police have deployed a special team of their doctors and paramedics to treat patients with COVID-19 here. According to data, the center in Chhattarpur has not reported any deaths while more than 300 patients have been referred to other hospitals during its entire operation.

The two centers were established as a temporary special measure as Delhi witnessed an increase in COVID-19 cases in the middle of last year and Home Secretary Amit Shah subsequently chaired a number review meetings and declared the operationalization of these facilities with the assistance of the DRDO. and the ITBP with the Delhi government providing its resources.

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