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Delhi Coronavirus Highlights: Number of infections over 92,000-mark with 2,923 deaths

Delhi Coronavirus (Covid-19), India Lockdown Latest News Live Update: As per the government dashboard, of the 15,242 hospital beds at present, 9,444 are available. Delhi contributes to about 15 per cent each to the total caseload of the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2020 9:27:43 am
Youngsters drive past a mural honouring the front liners of Covid-19, during unlock-2, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Express Photo By Amit Mehra

Delhi Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News Live Updates: Delhi recorded 2,520 fresh coronavirus cases till Friday evening, taking the tally in the city to over 92,000-mark, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 2,923, the health department said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday announced the launch of the plasma bank — the first in the country.The plasma bank starts today and it will be successful when people come forward to donate their plasma for Covid-19 patients,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah  on Thursday held a meeting with the chief ministers of  Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the national capital and its adjoining areas.  Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was also present in the meeting.

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Delhi Coronavirus (Covid-19), India Lockdown Latest News Live Update: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the situation in the capital is improving and is “not as terrible” as predicted a month ago. Follow LIVE updates

19:43 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Delhi Police sub-inspector dies due to COVID-19

A Delhi Police sub-inspector died due to COVID-19 at a hospital in Noida on Friday, officials said. Sub-inspector Dharamvir Singh was admitted to the Kailash Super Speciality Hospital in Noida on June 13 for a bypass surgery, a senior police officer said. He tested negative for coronavirus when he was admitted to the hospital. On June 22, his bypass surgery was done and since then he was kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, a senior police officer said. On Thursday, the hospital informed his family that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and on Friday morning, they pronounced him dead, the officer said. Singh, a resident of Narela, was posted at the office of DCP Northwest. Earlier this week, a 49-year-old Delhi Police Inspector posted with the Special Cell had of COVID-19 in South Delhi's Max hospital. Eleven Delhi Police personnel have died due to COVID-19 so far. Around 2,000 have so far tested positive for the virus, out of which 1,300 personnel have recovered.

17:02 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Delhi coronavirus: 445 containment zones in city

After Maharashtra, Delhi has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths at 2,864.According to the bulletin, 63,007 patients recovered, discharged or migrated so far while number of active cases stood at 26,304, adding 5,72,530 tests have been conducted so far. The number of containment zones in the city on Wednesday stood at 445.

16:49 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Kejriwal hands over Rs 1 cr cheque to family of LNJP doctor who died battling COVID-19

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met the family members of doctor Aseem Gupta who died fighting COVID-19 and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore as an ex-gratia to them. The chief minister termed late Gupta as a "people's doctor' and said it was a duty of the government to support the families of those people who sacrificed their lives for others. "Met with the family of Late Dr Aseem Gupta ji who lost his life to Corona. We cannot do anything to bring back the "People's Doctor", but it is our duty to support families of those who lay down their lives for us. An ex-gratia of 1 crore was given to the family today," Kejriwal tweeted. The ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore is being given by the Delhi government to all its employees who succumb to coronavirus while discharging their duties as frontline warriors in the fight against the pandemic. Gupta, a consultant anaesthesiologist at the state-run LNJP hospital, had contracted COVID-19 while on duty. He tested positive on June 6 when he had mild symptoms and was shifted to a quarantine facility.? His symptoms aggravated on June 7 and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the LNJP hospital. Later he succumbed to the virus at Max Smart Hospital in Saket in south Delhi.

11:16 (IST)03 Jul 2020
As plasma bank opens, Kejriwal says will end ‘chaos’ in looking for donors

Delhi got its first plasma bank for patients who will be given the trial therapy for Covid-19. Calling the situation so far “chaotic”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said donating plasma could be a chance to save someone’s life. The bank has been set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Vasant Kunj.

“People were finding it really difficult to get plasma and the situation in Delhi was turning chaotic. To have a systematic approach, the plasma bank has been set up for treatment of corona patients… The bank will only be successful if people come forward. The criteria is very stringent and will leave fewer recovered patients eligible, so I urge everyone who is eligible to donate,” he said. Read more

04:27 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Emotional rollercoaster as kin of Lok Nayak Covid patients see them on video

Sheela (25) and her mother Sushila (55) heaved a sigh of relief as they came out of the room designated for video conferences at Lok Nayak Hospital. “I saw my father after eight days. He has a phone but has been too weak to talk. We waited in line for the video call all day, but it was worth it,” said Sheela.

While her father, Mahavir (58), couldn’t talk, he gestured that he was fine. “He was on oxygen support and could not speak clearly but he signalled to us that he was alright,” she said. Sushila added, “We came here on Saturday but could not speak to him.

An auto driver, Mahavir developed a fever and breathlessness 12 days ago. After being admitted to Deen Dayal Hospital for three days, he tested positive and was shifted to Lok Nayak, said the family. READ MORE

04:10 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Can’t stop onsite sample collection: Delhi HC to labs

Observing that “private laboratories can’t refuse tests”, the Delhi High Court Thursday expressed displeasure over allegations that most private labs have stopped collecting onsite samples since rates of Covid-19 RT-PCR tests were capped at Rs 2,400.

A bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad said, “If there is any issue with regard to extra expenses that private labs are likely to incur on this account…it is for the private laboratories to approach the Delhi government, raising the grievance.”

“However, it is not acceptable that the private laboratories will stop conducting onsite tests at such a critical juncture where the number of cases of Covid-19 infection are shooting up phenomenally…,” the bench said. 

22:05 (IST)02 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Delhi govt sets up expert panel to suggest measures for economic recovery

The Delhi government has constituted a 12-member expert panel to suggest measures for economic recovery from the impact of coronavirus in the national capital, a statement said on Thursday. According to the government, the panel will do a comprehensive analysis and recommend measures to be initiated by various departments, autonomous bodies, local bodies and MCDs to help people and businesses during the pandemic.

The panel, headed by Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) vice chairman Jasmine Shah, also includes commissioners of labour and industries departments, SDMC, special secretary of the environment department, and representatives of various industries --- trade, manufacturing, automobile, finance and hospitality.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a devastating economic impact... through this committee, we look forward to collaborating with key industry representatives and identifying specific additional measures that government agencies can take to shorten the process of economic recovery," Shah said in the statement.

The panel will explore the possibility of renewal or automatic extension of existing licenses issued by departments and local bodies (labour license, shops and establishment registration, contractor license, nursing home registration) which stand expired after March 1 this year, by a general order till March 31, 2021, without penalty or interest.

21:46 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Delhi govt announces remote teaching-learning plan for all classes in its schools

The Delhi government on Thursday announced a remote teaching-learning plan for all classes to address the issues of digital divide and reduce academic loss of students in the wake of the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the plan focuses on reducing academic loss of students, the government is focusing on addressing the issues of digital divide as not all students have access to internet or smartphones, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi's Education Minister, said the guest teachers employed in government schools will also be roped in the online teaching learning process. "In the wake of the closure of schools till July 31, induced by the coronavirus situation, we have devised an alternate teaching-learning plan to reduce the academic loss of students in classes KG to 12 of all government and aided schools of Delhi.

"A plan of action in this regard has been worked out for students through a combination of strategies using digital devices and support of parents and the School Management Committees. We are following the principle that digital divide should not come in the way of children's access to learning opportunities," Sisodia said addressing an online press briefing.

Classes KG to 12 have been divided into three cohorts to follow three distinct strategies to support the learning of students.

20:57 (IST)02 Jul 2020
2,373 fresh Covid cases in Delhi take tally to over 92K; death toll mounts to 2,864

Delhi recorded 2,373 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the tally in the city to over 92,000-mark, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 2,864, authorities said. On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases, till date.

Recently, Delhi had eclipsed Mumbai as the city worst-hit by the pandemic in the country. Sixty-one fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, the Delhi health department bulletin said on Thursday. The death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi stood at 2,803 on Wednesday. The bulletin said the death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 2,864, and the total number of cases mounted to 92,175.

20:11 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Private labs refusal to collect samples onsite not acceptable: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Thursday said it was "not acceptable" that private labs should stop onsite collection of samples or tests at such a "critical juncture" when COVID-19 numbers were "shooting up phenomenally" on a daily basis. A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said if the labs are unhappy with the rates fixed for onsite collection of samples and testing, they can raise it before the committee set up by the Lieutenant Governor or the Delhi government.

"However, it is not acceptable that the private laboratories will stop conducting onsite tests at such a critical juncture where the number of cases of COVID-19 infection are shooting up phenomenally, on a day by day basis," the bench said.

The observation by the bench came while hearing a plea by a lawyer, Rakesh Malhotra, on increasing the testing numbers in the national capital and getting speedy results. In the matter, the Delhi government, through its additional standing counsel Satyakam, filed an affidavit indicating that it has complied with the court''s direction of June 25 to implement recommendations of the committee set up by the LG.

The high court in its June 25 order had also called for an action plan on ramping up tests in the national capital and had directed the Delhi government to endorse the advisory of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for increasing tests through both private and public sector labs.

18:21 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Amit Shah meets CMs of UP, Haryana, Delhi; discusses COVID-19 situation

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday held a meeting with the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the national capital and its adjoining areas, located in the two neighbouring states. Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) have seen a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, leading to the Home Minister stepping in to handle the situation and improve the health infrastructure.

Shah reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Delhi-NCR with the three chief ministers, a home ministry official said. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was also present in the meeting. The NCR comprises districts belonging to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The prominent ones being Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) and Ghaziabad (both Uttar Pradesh) and Gurgaon, Faridabad (both in Haryana).

Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi -- Yogi Adityanath, Manohar Lal Khattar and Arvind Kejriwal respectively -- attended the meeting through video-conference. The novel coronavirus has infected 89,000 people in Delhi and killed 2,803 as on Wednesday.

16:47 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Reliance Jio requested to augment data connectivity at 10,000-bed COVID care centre

The South Delhi district administration on Wednesday requested Reliance Jio to augment data connectivity at the 10,000-bed Sardar Patel COVID Centre in Radha Soami Satsang Beas campus in Chattarpur area here. The centre is being set up by the Delhi government for treating mild and asymptomatic coronavirus patients.  It will also serve as a treatment centre for people who are asymptomatic but cannot afford home isolation.

"We request Reliance Jio to support us under their CSR initiative to augment the data connectivity of the prestigious 10,000-bedded Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre. We value your support during this COVID-19 pandemic," South Delhi District Magistrate B M Mishra said.

The centre, which is likely to be among the largest facilities of its kind in the world at full capacity, will be 1,700 feet long, 700 feet wide and have 200 enclosures with 50 beds each.

16:05 (IST)02 Jul 2020
redBus resumes services within Delhi and to destinations outside the state with 30+ private operators

redBus has announced the resumption of the services of 30+ private bus operators on its platform in Delhi. This has opened up around all the major routes connecting cities such as Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Gorakhpur. In order to help travellers tide over the confusion of opening up of specific bus routes, redBus introduced the concept of pre-registration on its platform in May. This helps users to keep track of the opening up of their desired bus routes by giving some basic information such as phone number and email id along with the route. The users are then subsequently notified when the buses become available on redBus on their desired routes. 

15:26 (IST)02 Jul 2020
A month after 'unlock' begun, CP & Khan Market traders struggle to keep shutters open

It has been over a month since markets reopened in the national capital after the government eased the restrictions imposed in view of COVID-19 but it is not business as usual at the popular hotspots of Khan Market and Connaught Place.

Deserted streets, limited customers, no revenue generation, huge rentals and restricted operations have forced many outlets to put their shutters down permanently while many others are struggling to survive by retrenching staff and tightening their purse strings on several other expenses.

According to Atul Bhargava, President, New Delhi Traders Association, business in the past month has been around 10 per cent of what it used to be earlier. "There are hardly five customers in a day at any outlet. Though we are doing everything to instill confidence among customers and ensure their safety -- sanitisation, social distancing, all these measures are strictly being implemented but still it is no where near a no-profit-no-loss situation," he told PTI.

Popular restaurants Garam Dharam and Pebble Street in Connaught Place are among those who succumbed to the pressure of losses and closed down. At least twenty other restaurants have retrenched over half of their staff.

15:13 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Set up helpline for complaints of lack of PPE kits, masks in pvt hospitals: Delhi HC suggests to AAP govt

The Delhi High Court Thursday suggested that the AAP government set up a mechanism like a helpline on which healthcare workers can call anonymously to complain against private hospitals or nursing homes not providing N-95 masks and PPE kits. The suggestion came from a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan during the hearing of a PIL by an NGO which has alleged that nurses in private hospitals and nursing homes were not being provided proper personal protection equipment (PPE) kits and masks to guard against COVID-19 infection.

The court said once a complaint is received on the helpline, the Delhi government can inspect the hospital or nursing home concerned and fulfil the PPE kits and masks requirements. The court also asked the NGO, Distress Management Collective, to give suggestions on how the issues raised in its PIL can be addressed and listed the matter for hearing on July 6.

The Delhi government has said that it was taking action against private hospitals and nursing homes which violate the COVID-19 guidelines as and when such instances are brought to its attention.  The Centre, represented by its standing counsel Anil Soni, told the court that it was providing all assistance to the states which have to do the actual work.

14:50 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Cases in Delhi declining

In a respite for the capital, Delhi fell below the national growth rate on Wednesday. The national capital had been adding a large number of cases in the previous week, touching almost four thousand new infections on June 23, but the numbers have gone down consistently after that. On Wednesday, 2,442 new cases were found in Delhi.

14:04 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Delhi’s plasma bank: What’s the aim, how effective has the therapy been so far?

Plasma therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from COVID-19 and transfusing those into a coronavirus infected patient to help kick-start the immune system to fight the infection. The government has set up the plasma bank at the state-run Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences. Kejriwal hoped that COVID-19 deaths will decrease due to plasma therapy. What is a plasma bank, why is it required? We explain

13:27 (IST)02 Jul 2020
PIL to e-register documents during COVID pandemic: HC seeks Centre, AAP govt's stand

The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response of the Centre and AAP government on a PIL seeking e-registration of documents at all sub-registrar offices in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Finance Ministry and Delhi government seeking their stand on the plea by a lawyer. The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 23.

12:43 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Plasma bank starts in Delhi today; Kejriwal encourages people to donate

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday announced the launch of the plasma bank — the first in the country. Encouraging people to donate, Kejriwal said, “Plasma bank will be successful when people come forward to donate their plasma for patients. Those aged between 18 and 50 and weighing not less than 50 kg can donate their plasma for COVID-19 patients. However, women who have given birth or the persons with comorbidities, are not eligible to donate plasma,” he said. “If you are eligible & willing to donate plasma, then you may call us at 1031 or you can WhatsApp us at 8800007722. Our doctors will then get in touch with you to further confirm your eligibility.”

11:55 (IST)02 Jul 2020
I-T department extends deadline for 2019-20 tax saving investments to July 31

In a bid to provide relief to taxpayers amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Income Tax (I-T) department extended the deadline for tax saving investments/payments for the financial year 2019-20 up to July 31. In a tweet on Thursday, the I-T department said that “Tax Saving Investments/Payments for FY 2019-20 can be made upto 31st July, 2020.”

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Delhi Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News Live Updates

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said that the situation in the capital is improving and is “not as terrible” as predicted a month ago. In a video press conference, Kejriwal said that the number of recoveries in the city is increasing and that the coronavirus situation is now under control. The chief minister, however, warned people against complacency.

“It was predicted that by 30th June Delhi would have 1 lakh cases out of which 60,000 would be active cases but today we only have 26,000 active cases. This is the result of everyone’s hard work. We have been able to control the situation. The situation is improving in Delhi in the last few days. However, there is no room for complacency. This virus is unpredictable. We must continue our efforts with more vigor,” Kejriwal said.

Talking about the decline of the positivity rate in the capital, Kejriwal said, “We’ve increased the number of tests. There is a good indication, earlier around 31 out of 100 people whose samples were collected tested positive for coronavirus. Today, 13 out of 100 people test positive.”

Last week, Delhi overtook Mumbai to become the city with the highest number of novel Coronavirus cases in the country. The surge in Delhi can be attributed to a marked increase in the number of samples the city has been testing of late, especially after deploying the recently approved rapid antigen tests that give results in just about half an hour.

Delhi has also decided to undertake a door-to-door surveillance for early detection of the disease and minimise the spread.