New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called a meeting later today at North Block to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in Delhi amid rapid surge in infection cases. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal will also be present. Also Read - Amid Rising Air Pollution, Delhi's Ghazipur Landfill Catches Fire

In the meeting, Kejriwal is likely to push his government’s earlier request to Shah for providing additional beds in Central government-run hospitals in the backdrop of the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, news agency IANS quoted sources in the Delhi government. Also Read - Delhi Temperature Rises a Notch, Air Quality Drops to 'Very Poor' Again as Smog Thickens

Delhi CM may also seek further assistance from the Central government apart from beds, including cooperation by other states in controlling air pollution that is on the rise during the festival season. Also Read - COVID-19: PM Modi Holds Virtual Meeting With States, Home Minister Amit Shah Also Present

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor had earlier sought Shah’s intervention in handling the alarming COVID-19 situation in the national capital and sought additional beds in the Centrally run hospitals in the city.

The steps already taken by the Delhi government to control the pandemic are also likely to be discussed in the meeting.

The meeting comes at a time when the national capital is witnessing more than 7,000 cases on a daily basis for the past few days.

On Friday, Delhi had reported 7,802 new Covid cases out of the 56,553 samples that were tested.

A total of 4,74,830 people have so far been infected by the virus in the national capital, of which 7,423 have succumbed to the dreaded disease. On a positive note, 4,23,078 people have recovered and the city presently has 44,300 active cases.

Pollution has also been a major concern in the national capital with thick blanket of noxious smog enveloping most parts of the city.

(With inputs from IANS)