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Delhi Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Metro services should be resumed on trial basis, says Kejriwal

Delhi recorded 1,450 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in August, taking the infection tally to over 1.61 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,300.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 24, 2020 11:30:02 am
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that Metro train services in Delhi should be resumed on a trial basis as the COVID-19 situation was improving in the city and hoped the Centre would soon take a decision on it. “I have requested the Centre that Delhi should be treated differently. Corona situation is improving in Delhi. If they do not want to run Metro trains in other cities, let it be so. But, in Delhi Metro train services should be started in a phased manner on a trial basis. We have raised this issue before the Centre many times, I hope the Centre will soon take a decision in this regard,” Kejriwal was quoted as saying by PTI.

Delhi recorded 1,450 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in August, taking the infection tally to over 1.61 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,300. Sixteen fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, officials said. Sunday’s spike in fresh cases surpassed Saturday’s increase of 1,412 cases, PTI reported. The total number of cases stood at 1,61,466. The bulletin said that the number of active cases stood at 11,778, while 1,45,388 patients have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out. The number of COVID-19 containment zones is 627.

The national capital on Sunday received light showers in some parts of the city, including Hauz Khas. It was a cool and cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature settling at 26.4 degrees Celsius, which is normal for the season. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a generally cloudy sky with light rains in the city till Monday. There are chances of a thunderstorm with rains on Tuesday, it said.

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22:24 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Delhi's positivity rate stands at 7.74 per cent, recovery rate is 90.04 per cent

The positivity rate stands at 7.74 per cent, while the recovery rate is 90.04 per cent. Delhi has seen a fluctuation in the number of coronavirus cases since August 1. On August 1, the city recorded 1,118 fresh cases while for the next three days, the number of infections reported in a single-day stayed below the 1,000-mark. From August 5 to August 9, the number of fresh COVID-19 cases again stayed above the 1,000-mark only to come down to 707 on August 10. Three days between August 11 and August 22 saw less than 1,000 fresh cases being reported -- August 13 (956), August 16 (652), and August 17 (787).

20:50 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Delhi govt launches campaign for registration of construction workers from Monday

The Delhi government will launch a 15-day-long campaign starting Monday in the city's all 70 assembly constituencies to help construction workers get registered for a welfare fund. Around 70,000 construction workers have applied online for registration since the COVID-19 pandemic in March and the verification process is on, Delhi's Labour and Employment Minister Gopal Rai said.

The construction workers may visit the help camps from August 24 to September 11 to get them registered with the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, he said. He said the Board had provided Rs 5,000 to each of 40,000 registered construction workers for two months during the lockdown period. It also undertakes various welfare measures like providing financial assistance for education and marriage of children, old age pension and accidental insurance to the registered construction workers, Rai added.

19:51 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Delhi govt to make announcements to ease working for traders: Arvind Kejriwal

Interacting with traders, entrepreneurs and businessmen in the city in a 'Digital Samvad', the chief minister also said that markets and roads in Delhi would be beautified on the lines of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project, which is expected to be completed by November-December.

The chief minister highlighted various steps taken by his government to revive the pandemic-hit economy of the city and said it would make some big announcements about the industry sector in coming days. Kejriwal also assured the traders that anomalies in circle rates in some areas would be addressed. Traders and businesspersons from different markets of the city dealing in automotive parts, construction sector, garments and textile, event management, among others, shared their problems with and extended suggestions to the chief minister during the virtual interaction.
Kejriwal said that their suggestions were noted and would be considered for necessary action.

19:22 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Delhi Metro services should be resumed on trial basis, hope Centre will take decision soon, says Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that Metro train services in Delhi should be resumed on a trial basis as the COVID-19 situation was improving in the city and hoped the Centre would soon take a decision on it. “I have requested the Centre that Delhi should be treated differently. Corona situation is improving in Delhi. If they do not want to run Metro trains in other cities, let it be so. But, in Delhi Metro train services should be started in a phased manner on a trial basis. We have raised this issue before the Centre many times, I hope the Centre will soon take a decision in this regard,” he said. (PTI)

18:27 (IST)23 Aug 2020
With 1,450 new cases, Delhi records highest single-day spike in August

Delhi recorded 1,450 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single-day spike in August, taking the infection tally to over 1.61 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,300. Sixteen fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, officials said. Sunday’s spike in fresh cases surpassed Saturday’s increase of 1,412 cases, PTI reported. The total number of cases stood at 1,61,466. The bulletin said that the number of active cases stood at 11,778, while 1,45,388 patients have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out. The number of COVID-19 containment zones is 627. (PTI)

16:21 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Delhi farmer buys flight tickets to bring back 20 workers from Bihar to work with him

A Delhi-based mushroom farmer, who had sent 10 of his workers to their home state Bihar by plane in May during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, has now booked air tickets for them and 10 other migrant labourers to return and join work here. Pappan Singh has booked tickets worth over Rs 1 lakh so that the workers, who have toiled for him, some for over 20 years, can join him in farming mushrooms during the August to April season.

Of the 20 workers, 10 of them would be flying for the first time, and they will arrive at the IGI Airport here on August 27. They will start working in the new mushroom farming season along with Singh in Delhi's Tigipur village. Talking to PTI over phone from his native village in Bihar's Samastipur district, Naveen Ram said they are excited to travel on a plane, but added that he is not nervous this time as he has the experience of his first air travel in May.

Naveen was among the 10 migrant workers who Singh had sent back home in May after they were stuck in Delhi following the coronavirus-forced lockdown in the country.

15:32 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Delhi: Decline in Covid-19 cases seems to have halted for time being

In Delhi, which has seen a remarkable turnaround in the epidemic situation, the decline in the cases, which had been continuing for more than a month and a half, seems to have halted for the time being. The daily detection of cases, after falling below 1,000 earlier this month, has been going up a little bit. Between 1,200 and 1,400 new cases are being reported from the city every day. Also, the number of new cases are once again higher than the number of people being recovered. As a result, the number of active cases have also been going up slowly. The number of deaths in the city, however, has remained low for quite some time. In the last two weeks, there have been only two occasions, when more than 20 deaths have been reported from the city. Read more here

15:16 (IST)23 Aug 2020
Delhi receives light showers

The national capital on Sunday received light showers in some parts of the city, including Hauz Khas. It was a cool and cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature settling at 26.4 degrees Celsius, which is normal for the season. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a generally cloudy sky with light rains in the city till Monday. There are chances of a thunderstorm with rains on Tuesday, it said.

20:11 (IST)22 Aug 2020
No. of COVID-19 containment zones rises to 591 in Delhi from 539 on Aug 1

The number of COVID-19 containment zones in Delhi has risen from 539 on August 1 to 591 on August 21, with officials attributing the rise to smaller areas being contained now. According to data, the number of containment zones had decreased to 496 in the national capital on August 2 and had witnessed a marginal increase to 499 on August 4. The following days, the number declined to 481 and 466. On August 12, the number of containment zones went past 500. In July, the number of such areas was more than 700 in Delhi, but it gradually declined in August owing to the government allowing the "red" zones to be denotifified 14 days after the discharge of the last confirmed case, instead of the earlier norm of 28 days. (PTI)

18:43 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Delhi's tally now over 1.6 lakh

With 1,412 fresh COVID-19 cases being recorded on Saturday, Delhi's tally has now hit 1,60,016. The death toll reached 4,284 with 14 new fatalities, state authorities said in the latest bulletin.

15:11 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Gym owners protest near Delhi LG office to reopen fitness centres

Delhi police Saturday detained nearly a dozen gym owners protesting near the Lieutenant Governor's office for permission to reopen fitness centres in the city, reported PTI.

"We want to request the Lt Governor to reopen gyms because it affects livelihood of over one lakh people employed in this medium-scale industry in Delhi. But police detained us and took us to Civil Lines police station," said Chirag Sethi, the vice president of Delhi Gym Association, comprising of 4,000 small and medium entrepreneurs.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority in a Covid-19 review meeting earlier this week approved reopening of hotels and weekly markets but did not allow gyms to restart.

12:59 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Covid-19 vaccine tracker: US FDA official says will resign if unsafe shot is pushed through

A top official of the Food and Drug Administration, which acts as the drug regulator in the United States, has said he would resign if there was any attempt to push through an unsafe or ineffective novel Coronavirus vaccine for political reasons, Reuters has reported.

Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Centre for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told Reuters that he had not come across any political pressure to fast-track the approval of any vaccine, but if this did happen, he would prefer to resign. Read Covid-19 vaccine tracker to find out more on the vaccine development front. 

21:34 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Authorised police for Covid-19 norms violation fines to curb spread of virus, AAP govt tells HC

The AAP government in Delhi Friday defended in the Delhi High Court its Covid-19 regulations empowering police officers of rank sub-Inspector and above to implement fines for violation of quarantine norms, saying it was a special measure taken to contain the virus spread, PTI reported. The Delhi government told a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan that fines under the COVID-19 regulations are not in the nature of punishments under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), rather they are preventive measures contemplated in accordance with the Epidemic Diseases (ED) Act of 1897. The submission was made before the bench in an affidavit, filed through Delhi government standing counsel Ramesh Singh, which stated that under the ED Act the state is empowered to take such special measures to prevent the spread of epidemic diseases. (PTI)

19:46 (IST)21 Aug 2020
No inmate COVID-19 positive in Delhi jails: Prisons dept

No prisoner is COVID-19 positive and the situation in jails here has much improved, the Delhi Prisons Department said on Friday. So far, 63 inmates of the three jails --Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli -- have tested positive for the infection. Sixty-one of them have recovered and two died, the officials said. In August, only the Tihar Jail reported two cases and both the inmates have recovered now, officials said. On Friday, there was no inmate who was COVID-19 positive in the three jail complexes of Delhi, they said. (PTI)

15:51 (IST)21 Aug 2020
DMRC chief inspects Rajiv Chowk Metro station

DMRC chief Mangu Singh Thursday carried out an inspection at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station to check the functioning of the operational systems and maintenance activities, officials said. The inspection comes amid expectations of resumption in the Metro rail services with proper safety measures. However, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials described it as a "routine inspection". "MD-DMRC Dr Mangu Singh inspected the Rajiv Chowk metro station today. The routine inspection was part of checking the effective functioning of various operational systems and maintenance activities," the DMRC tweeted.

14:25 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Arvind Kejriwal hands over Rs 1 crore cheque to family of sanitation work who died of COVID-19

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met the family members of a sanitation worker who recently died of COVID-19, and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore as an ex-gratia to them. Talking to reporters during his visit in North Delhi's Majnu Ka Tilla area, Kejriwal said that sanitation worker Raju contracted the infection when he was on COVID-19 duty and died while serving the people of Delhi.

"We are proud of such 'corona warriors' who are sacrificing their lives while saving the citizens of Delhi," he said. The chief minister said that his government will provide all possible assistance to Raju's family.

13:05 (IST)21 Aug 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Covid-19 doubling time down to 30 days

With the daily growth rate continuing to slow down, the doubling time of novel Coronavirus cases in India has now dropped to 30 days. As on Thursday, there were 29.05 lakh confirmed cases in the country. The halfway stage was crossed on July 27, which means the present doubling has happened in 24 days. But the next doubling, at the current rate of growth, would happen only after 30 days, signalling a slowdown.

Doubling time is a function of the growth rate. Lower the growth, higher is the doubling time. It is one of the several metrics used to assess the pace at which the epidemic has been spreading in the population. At the start of the outbreak, in April and May, when the cases were rising rapidly, a doubling period of ten days was considered healthy for the stage of epidemic India was in at that time.

The ten-day doubling period was crossed in the first week of May, and after that there has been a steady elongation of this time.

12:14 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Scientists recommend at least 40% humidity in public buildings to curb COVID-19 spread

In addition to measures like social distancing and wearing masks, an Indian-German team of scientists recommend controlling indoor humidity conditions to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. The researchers, including those from CSIR National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi, said in order to contain the pandemic, it is extremely important to implement standards for indoor air humidity in rooms with many people, such as hospitals, open-plan offices, or public transport. In their review of studies, published in the journal Aerosol and Air Quality Research, the scientists specifically drew focus on relative humidity, which is a measure of water vapour in the air compared to the total saturation of vapour that can exist in the air at its current temperature.

12:05 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Pfizer vaccine on track for regulatory review in October
A lab technician uses a multichannel pipette dropper during the immune response analysis process of the coronavirus vaccine research at the Valneva SA laboratories in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday. (Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg)

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said the Covid-19 vaccine they are jointly developing is on track to be submitted for regulatory review as early as October, as they released additional data from an early-stage study.

The companies said the vaccine was well tolerated with mild to moderate fever in fewer than 20% of the participants. The companies are continuing to analyze data from the Phase 1 trials in the US and Germany, they said in a statement.

The confirmation of their October goal, first announced last month, helped lift S&P 500 futures briefly on Friday as part of a drumbeat of positive news on inoculation efforts that have the potential to end the threat of damaging lockdowns.

11:10 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Delhi likely to receive rain

According to the IMD’s latest predictions, light to moderate intensity falls are expected to occur over Delhi, Roorkee, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal over the next two hours.

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Sanitising luggage to face masks for guests and staff, hotels in capital prepare to reopen doors

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Friday issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for reopening of hotels, and operation of weekly markets on a trial basis.

The order allows for hotels and hospitality units outside containment zones to reopen with “generic preventive measures” and specific safety precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. It states that only asymptomatic guests and staff are to be allowed, and they must wear a face cover or mask “at all times inside the hotel”. Guests will also be required to provide details of their travel history, medical condition, IDs and self-declaration forms at the hotel reception.

COVID-19: Anti-bodies found in 29 percent people in August sero survey

Anti-bodies against COVID-19 infection have been found in 29.1 per cent people in the latest sero-prevalence survey in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday.

Interacting with reporters, he said, 15,000 representative samples were taken in the August 1-7 survey from 11 districts, and the next exercise will begin from September 1. "In the previous survey, it was found that over 22 per cent people had developed anti-bodies. Now, the August survey shows it is 29.1 per cent, meaning they had got infected and recovered," Jain said.

He added that this means out of 2 crore population of Delhi, nearly 59 lakh have recovered from coronavirus infection and developed anti-bodies. The minister also said prevalence of anti-bodies found in males was 28.3 per cent, and in females 32.2 per cent in the latest survey.