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Delhi News Highlights: Majority of Omicron cases have travel history to UAE; city reports 91 new Covid-19 cases

Delhi Covid-19 Omicron Cases, Weather Updates: Delhi has recorded 24 Omicron cases so far. As per data shared by sources for 22 of the cases, 19 were international travellers while three contracted it after they came in contact with those who returned from abroad

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 22, 2021 8:54:58 am
People wait a vaccination centre in New Delhi's Laxmi Nagar (Express photo/Amit Mehra)

Delhi news highlights:  The majority of people who have so far tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid in Delhi have a travel history to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it is learnt. Delhi has recorded 24 Omicron cases so far. As per data shared by sources for 22 of the cases, 19 were international travellers while three contracted it after they came in contact with those who returned from abroad. Of the 19, 10 have a travel history to the UAE, four to the UK, two to South Africa, two to Tanzania, while one came from Zimbabwe.

Amid the increase in cases, especially of the Omicron variant, the Delhi government has decided to conduct genome sequencing of all fresh cases. The tests are conducted at the National Centre of Disease Control, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, and Lok Nayak Hospital. Sources said these hospitals have conducted genome sequencing of about 320 samples, of which 11% were Omicron, 49% were Delta and 40% were ‘other’.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government Monday sacked three doctors of a mohalla clinic in connection with the death of three minor children, allegedly due to an adverse reaction to a drug. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said an enquiry has been ordered into the incident, which took place in October.

 

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Delhi news: Total 24 Omicron cases in Delhi, majority of them have travel history to UAE; Delhi's dengue death toll rises to 17, case count now over 9,400; 3 children die ‘of cough syrup prescribed at mohalla clinic’, Delhi govt sacks 3 doctors. Follow latest news and developments

18:12 (IST)21 Dec 2021
8 Delhi high-rise commercial buildings sent notices for not renewing fire safety certificate

Eight high-rise commercial buildings in areas such as Connaught Place and KG Marg have been sent notices for not renewing their fire safety certificate, Delhi Fire Service officials said on Tuesday.

These buildings come under the fire department's Connaught Place jurisdiction, they said.

Notices have been sent to the management of Mercantile House on KG Marg, Surya Kiran Building at Connaught Place, Akashdeep building on Barakhamba Road, Ambadeep building, Allahabad Bank building and Punjab National Bank building, among others, so far, Delhi Fire Service (DFS) director Atul Garg said. (PTI)

15:51 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Teenager among three held for killing IAS aspirant, injuring his friend

Three men, including a teenager, were arrested over the last few days for allegedly stabbing to death a 20-year-old IAS aspirant and injuring another in an alleged case of road rage that took place in Delhi’s Mangolpuri area on December 14.

DCP (Outer) Parvinder Singh said, “We have arrested three men — Raunak Kumar (19), Rohit Kumar (22) and Mukesh Kumar (22) — for stabbing the victim to take revenge for a minor incident of road rage.”

15:50 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Seed grants for five joint research projects between IIT-D, IIIT

Five joint research projects between the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) will be provided seed grants for interdisciplinary research in the fields of computer science and engineering, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), electronics and communication engineering, computational biology, social science, humanities and quantum computing.

The two institutes had signed an MoU earlier this year to “establish a collaborative platform for mutual benefit”. The MoU intended to “initiate wide-ranging partnerships in academics, research, product & process development, and human resource development with profound socio-economic impact”.

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13:01 (IST)21 Dec 2021
3 children die ‘of cough syrup prescribed at mohalla clinic’, Delhi govt sacks 3 doctors

The Delhi government Monday sacked three doctors of a mohalla clinic in connection with the death of three minor children, allegedly due to an adverse reaction to a drug. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said an enquiry has been ordered into the incident, which took place in October. The children, one of whom was three years old, had died, allegedly after consuming a cough syrup prescribed by doctors at the mohalla clinic. They were admitted to Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital. One child died on October 13 and the other two died in the same month.

12:59 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Delhi govt receives bids to set up 100 EV charging stations

The Delhi Transport Department has received 12 bids from some top companies for the installation of 100 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations with 500 points across the city, said an official. As per officials, the tendering process was scheduled to start in February and installation work in by June-August. However, the first tender issued for setting out 100 charging stations failed and the project got delayed due to the outbreak of Covid second wave

11:48 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Delhi Police chief launches project for safety, security of children

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana on Monday launched Project 'Abhaya', a joint initiative of the force and an NGO for safety and security of girls, officials said here. Abhaya means "one who is fearless", and the joint initiative by the Delhi Police and NGO Shakti Foundation is aimed at empowering, educating and making children aware, they said. Speaking on the occasion, Asthana underlined that protection of women, children and the weaker sections is the utmost responsibility of any society, and police personnel have to be extra-cautious and devoted while dealing with such matters, Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal said in a statement.

11:46 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Delhi air quality likely to be in 'very poor' category

The air quality in Delhi is forecasted to be in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday, according to the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi. The AQI could remain ‘very poor’ on Wednesday and Thursday as well, the forecast indicates. Calm conditions and slow winds are keeping the air quality ‘very poor,’ and it is likely to remain so till Dec 25.

The 24-hour average AQI at Jahangirpuri, Bawana, Anand Vihar, Mundka, Wazirpur, and Ashok Vihar was in the ‘severe’ category at 10 am on Tuesday. The AQI at Jahangirpuri stood at 443, while it was 434 at Anand Vihar.

11:45 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Delhi weather today: Cold wave grips city, mercury dips to 4 degrees Celsius

The minimum temperature recorded in Delhi over the past 24 hours was 4 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung weather station, with cold wave conditions persisting. This is four degrees below the normal for this time of the year.

The Safdarjung, Lodi Road and Aya Nagar weather observatories of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded cold wave conditions over the past 24 hours. The minimum temperature at Aya Nagar was 3.8 degrees Celsius, a little more than four degrees below the normal. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature at Lodhi Road was 3.7 degrees Celsius, around 3.3 degrees below the normal for this time of the year.

10:44 (IST)21 Dec 2021
Delhi's dengue death toll rises to 17, case count now over 9,400

A 54-year-old woman and a nine-year-old girl have succumbed to dengue in the past one-and-a-half months, taking the total number of fatalities due to the vector-borne disease reported in Delhi this year to 17, according to a report released on Monday. Till December 11, the official dengue death tally maintained by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the nodal agency for tabulating data on vector-borne diseases in the city, was 15.

The total number of dengue cases have also risen to over 9,400. About 150 fresh cases have been logged in the last one week, far less than what was being reported till two weeks ago. According to the civic body's report on vector-borne diseases released on Monday, a total of 9,414 dengue cases and 17 deaths have been recorded this season till December 18.

09:37 (IST)21 Dec 2021
SDMC to open one English medium school in each of its wards from new academic session

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will open one English medium school in each of its wards from the new academic session, according to an official statement on Monday. According to an official, initially, 104 English medium schools will be opened in SDMC wards. The move is being made in view of the impact and importance of English in the present scenario, the statement said. "Due to the increasing social and employment impact of the English language, the need for English medium schools was being felt for a long time. So, the Education Department of SDMC is going to start one fully English Medium School in each ward of the civic agency from the new session," the municipal corporation said in a statement. (PTI)

18:20 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Delhi court convicts wedding organiser for flouting Covid-19 norms

A Delhi court has convicted a wedding organiser for flouting COVID-19 norms by allowing a gathering of more than 50 people at the function in 2020, where none of the guests wore masks or maintained social distancing. Allegations against convict Sunil Narula were that he organised the marriage function at his farmhouse in Delhi's Nawada Housing Complex on December 11, 2020, where he allowed more than 50 people without following the prescribed rules. On a complaint filed by his neighbour, two police officers went to the farmhouse, where they saw that none of the guests wore masks and no social distancing norms were followed by the farmhouse owner. --PTI

17:52 (IST)20 Dec 2021
National capital records 91 fresh Covid-19 cases, positivity rate touches 0.2% after June

Delhi on Monday recorded 91 fresh cases of Covid-19 while the positivity rate in the city touched 0.2% first time since June. With Omicron cases on the rise across the country, the Delhi government decided to conduct genome tests of all samples testing positive for coronavirus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. So far, only samples of international travellers were being sent for genome sequencing.

15:54 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Omicron scare: Delhi to send all Covid positive samples for genome sequencing tests

With the Covid positive and Omicron cases increasing across the city, the Delhi government has decided to conduct genome sequencing tests of all samples testing positive for Covid-19, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday. As of now, only samples of international travellers were being sent for genome sequencing.

Kejriwal also requested the Centre to allow the Delhi government to start administering booster shots to fully vaccinated people.

“About 99 per cent of the people are vaccinated with first dose and 70 per cent with second dose. We have all facilities and arrangements to start the booster dose drive in the city. If Centre gives permission, the government will start the drive and give booster shots to all the health workers first, and later to others,” said Kejriwal. Read more

14:17 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Delhi govt proposes teachers university

After Sports and Entrepreneurship, Arvind Kejriwal government proposes a Delhi Teachers University. The Cabinet has passed the Bill and it will be presented in the next Assembly meeting for discussion.

14:10 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Delhi reports 6 new Omicron cases, tally at 28

Six new Omicron cases have been detected in Delhi, taking the total number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus variant in the city to 28. According to sources, two of these cases are admitted in Lok Nayak Hospital and four in Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, which is one of the private hospitals where suspected Omicron cases from the Indira Gandhi International Airport are being isolated. Read More

13:31 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Cabinet approves extension of distribution of free ration till May 31 next year

Cabinet has approved to extension of free ration distribution to all Delhi people with rations cards. Free ration distribution will continue till 31st May 2022. (ENS)

13:27 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Delhi to strengthen home isolation programme to fight Omicron: CM

The Chief Minister further said that home Isolation is highly preferred for Omircron cases and the Delhi government will strengthen the home quarantine programme. Kejriwal added that he will hold a review meeting on the matter on December 23.

13:25 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Kejriwal requests Centre to allow Delhi govt to start booster shots

CM Arvind Kejriwal also requested the Central government to allow the Delhi govt to give booster shots to the residents. “99 per cent people are vaccinated with the first dose and 70 per cent with the second. We have facilities and arrangements to start booster shots for the fully vaccinated. If the Centre allows, booster doses will be provided to health workers first and later for the others,” he added.

13:22 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Delhi govt to send all positive Covid samples for genome testing

As Omicron cases are on the rise across the country, the Delhi government has decided to conduct genome tests of all samples testing positive for Covid-19, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday. To date, only samples of international travellers were being sent for genome sequencing.

12:37 (IST)20 Dec 2021
Construction activities, entry of trucks permitted from today

Construction and demolition activities will be permitted in the National Capital Region with immediate effect, the Commission for Air Quality Management said in an order issued on Monday. Entry of trucks will also be permitted into Delhi. Entry of trucks carrying non-essentials, except for those running on CNG and electric trucks, had been banned till today.

Delhi bomb case: Wife’s illness, court fine, high rent drove scientist over edge

Accused Bharat Bhushan Kataria (left); Police had at the time said it was a “minor low-intensity explosion” and that the device was in a black backpack that was left in the courtroom by an unknown person.

Getting fined for not appearing before court; his wife being detected with cancer; having to pay Rs 50,000 rent; and the possibility of facing criminal charges — these are some of the key factors that, police believe, drove a 47-year-old DRDO scientist over the edge and prompted him to allegedly plant a bomb inside Rohini court to kill his neighbour.

Police found that scientist Bharat Bhushan Kataria’s neighbour had filed a criminal case against him and during the hearings on November 1, the court fined Kataria Rs 1,000 for “unnecessary adjournment”.

Delhi: AP Dhillon concert set to be cancelled, SDM raises Covid red flag

The Vasant Vihar Sub Divisional Magistrate has directed Andaz Hotel in Aerocity to cancel the concert of Punjabi singer A P Dhillon citing violation of Covid guidelines by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). The event was to be held Saturday night.

“The Delhi Disaster Management Authority is satisfied that the NCT of Delhi is threatened with the spread of Covid-19 epidemic, which has already been declared as a pandemic by the World health Organisation and has considered it necessary to take effective measures to prevent its spread and issued various orders/instructions from time to time to all authorities concerned to take all required measures to appropriately deal with the situation in NCT of Delhi,” Vasant Vihar SDM Ankur Prakash Meshram said in an order dated December 17 sent to Naresh Madan of Andaz Hotel as well as Vijay Malhotra, the Director of Security at the hotel.

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