Coronavirus cases in Delhi rises to 384, death toll rises to 5
- There are total 384 coronavirus cases in Delhi, out which 5 are dead, says Kejriwal.
- All the poor families will be given ₹5000 a month.
Coronavirus cases in Delhi rises to 384 with death toll increasing to 5.
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Here are some top highlights from Delhi amid coronavirus lockdown:
April 3, 9am: Death toll rises to 4
Two more persons, both evacuated from Tablighi Jamaat's Nizamuddin Markaz here, died of coronavirus, taking the death toll in the national capital to four while the number of positive cases also rose sharply to 293, the Delhi government on Thursday.
The figure of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday in Delhi was 152. The total number of 293 cases includes 182 people who took part in a religious congregation of the Jamaat last month. The number may shoot up in the coming days as the government has decided to test all those who were evacuated from the Markaz, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a digital press conference.
The Markaz has emerged as a hotspot of coronavirus cases in Delhi. A total of 2,943 people, including 1,810 from the Markaz, have been quarantined by the government, Kejriwal said, adding 21,307 people have been directed for self-quarantine at their homes.
April 2 , 5pm : There are 67 new coronavirus cases in Delhi, taking the toll to 219. Out of the total, 108 cases are link to Nizamuddin Markaz. Delhi has reported 4 deaths due to coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 cases may shoot up in Delhi in coming days, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Kejriwal claims there is no community transmission in Delhi yet. Further, the Delhi government says it is going to give ₹5,000 to autorickshaw, gramin-sewa, e-rickshaw drivers in wake of COVID-19 lockdown.
April 2 (9am) The national capital has so far reported 152 positive coronavirus cases
The number of coronavirus patients in Delhi linked to the Tablighi Jamaat's congregation in Nizamuddin West, which is among the major COVID-19 hotspots in the country, rose sharply from 24 to 53 on April 1, while 617 people have been admitted to different hospitals, the city government said.
The national capital has so far reported 152 positive coronavirus cases, according to the figures released by the Chief Minister's Office. It added that 53 cases are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat's markaz. The figure is likely to rise further substantially as the tests are being conducted on those admitted to hospitals, sources in the health department said.
On Tuesday, there were 24 patients in Delhi linked to the Nizamuddin congregation. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government, in coordination with the police, evacuated 2,361 people from the religious centre in Nizamuddin in a 36-hour operation.
The police have already registered a case against Maulana Saad of the Nizamuddin markaz under sections of the Epidemic Disease Act and the Indian Penal Code for violating government orders on management of the centre in relation to social, political or religious gathering.
However, they said the cleric is on the run. Taking to Twitter, Sisodia said out of the 2,361 people, 617 have been admitted to hospitals while the rest are quarantined.
"The medical staff, administration, police and DTC staff worked together in this 36-hour operation, putting their lives at risk. Hats off to all of them," the deputy chief minister said in another tweet.
April 1: Two doctors at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi test positive for coronavirus
Two resident doctors of the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi have tested positive for coronavirus infection, official sources said on Wednesday. One of them, who is part of the team treating COVID-19 patients at the hospital, is believed to have contracted the disease during the course of duty, they said.
According to sources, the female resident doctor, a third-year post-graduate student of the biochemistry department, who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus had recently travelled abroad.
Both of them showed symptoms of COVID-19 and their test results came out positive two days ago. They are now undergoing treatment at the isolation ward of the Safdarjung hospital.
April 1: Delhi government to give ₹1 crore to the family of sanitation workers, doctors or nurses who lose their life
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that Rs 1 crore will be given to the family of a health care professional if he or she died while dealing with coronavirus patients.
Kejriwal made the announcement while addressing the concerns of city doctors through videoconferencing and launed them by saying that they were no less than soldiers fighting on the borders.
He said that just as his government is giving Rs one crore to the family of security personnel who die on duty, families of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and sanitation workers will also be given an equal amount if they died while dealing with corona patients.
"The amount is nothing compared with the efforts you are putting in. But this will be the country's way of thanking you for your services and showing that we respect your efforts," Kejriwal said, adding even Rs 100 crore is nothing before the efforts made by the medical professionals.
"Whether they are from private or government sector -- it doesn't matter. Their families will be provided Rs 1 crore each as a mark of respect for their services," he said.
The step was taken after two mohalla clinic doctors and an oncologist from Delhi State Cancer Institute tested positive.
Delhi has reported 120 coronavirus cases so far.
April 1: COVID-19 cases in Delhi rise to 120
The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi climbed to 120 on Tuesday after 23 new cases of the pandemic was reported in the past 24 hours, the Health Department said.
These 120 cases include 24 people who took part in a religious congregation at Nizamuddin West area earlier this month. Till Monday night, the number of cases of the deadly COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) stood at 97, including two deaths.
According to the Delhi Health Department, out of the total 120 cases recorded so far, about 90 are admitted at various hospitals like the LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital, RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital.
Five have been discharged, two have had died and one has migrated out of the country, it said.
Twenty-four people, who took part in the congregation in Nizamuddin West earlier this month, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday.
Over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation from March 1-15, officials had said, as the south Delhi neighbourhood was virtually sealed.
April 1: Coronavirus: Five Delhi hospitals dedicated for COVID-19 cases
Amid rising cases of coronavirus, the Delhi government on Tuesday said five of its hospitals have been dedicated for people affected by COVID-19.
The five hospitals are: LNJP Hospital & GB Pant Hospital collectively, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, GTB Hospital, DDU Hospital and BSA Hospital.
The health department said the decision has been in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
March 31: Delhi coronavirus cases spike to 97 after 24 people from Nizamuddin markaz found positive
The national capital of India -- Delhi reported 97 positive cases of deadly Coronavirus on Monday, the directorate general of health service of Delhi Government said.
It also stated that out of 97 total positive cases, 5 have been discharged and 2 people succumbed to the deadly virus affect. It further pointed that currently 89 people are admitted in various hospitals across the capital city. The report of the health department stated that one of the COVID-19 patients was a foreign national and he has gone back to his country.
The report further highlighted that a total 2168 sample has been sent for testing. The hospitals have also received reports of 1846 samples. So far a total 322 reports of the samples are pending.
It stated that a total 21628 people who came in contact with COVID-19 patients have been put under home quarantine till date. Currently, 19,989 people are under home quarantine. It also stated that 1639 people have completed their 14 days period of home quarantine. In Delhi, a total 1137 people are under institutional quarantine till date.
March 31: Nizamuddin markaz: 24 test positive for corona, 1,033 evacuated
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Tuesday that 24 people have been found corona positive in the Nizamuddin markaz that has turned into ground zero of the new cases spiralling out of control following an ijtima in mid-March.
Giving details of the case reported in Nizamuddin, Jain said that the government is not certain of the number but it is estimated that 1,500-1,700 people had assembled at the Markaz building. Around 1,033 people have been evacuated so far of which 334 have been sent to hospital and 700 have been sent to the quarantine centre. Jain said that 24 cases have been found to be positive for coronavirus.
The Markaz, also known as Banglewali Masjid, is a six-storey building complex that can house up to 2,000 people. It shares its wall with the Nizamuddin police station and is adjacent to the famous shrine of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. Starting March 13 there was meeting held here with peopel from Kashmir to Andaman islands attending it, besides Saudis, Thais, Indonesians, that has seen already six alone die in Telangan after their return.
March 31: New Delhi's JLN Stadium to be used for quarantine
New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be used as a quarantine facility to house patients infected by the coronavirus pandemic. The District Magistrate in its order to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday morning had requisited the complex for quarantine purposes as the country grapples with the pandemic that has infected more than 1000 people in India.
This isn't the first SAI facility that will be used as a quarantine facility with the boxing training centre in Rohtak, Haryana and the SAI Training Facility at the National Institute of Sport (NIS) in Patiala, Punjab both being used now as quarantine facilities.
March 29: Delhi reports 9 new cases and second death
The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital on Saturday climbed to 49, while a Yemeni national has become the second person to die of the COVID-19 infection in Delhi, authorities said. The foreign national, aged 60, died on Thursday at a private hospital here, a senior official said, adding the laboratory report was received late Friday night.
Earlier, a 68-year-old woman in Delhi had died due to the virus. According to the Delhi Health Department, out of these cases, 41 patients are admitted at various hospitals. Five have been discharged and one has migrated out of the country.
On Friday night, the number of cases of the deadly virus in the city stood at 40.
The COVID-affected patients in Delhi include a Mohalla Clinic doctor, his wife and daughter, health department officials said. The total number of COVID-19 samples sent till date stands at 1,787 and 1,346 reports have been received.
As many as 2,09,567 passengers who have returned from the coronavirus-affected countries have been screened at the Delhi airport till March 28 and placed under surveillance, Delhi Health Department authorities said.
Among the 19,782 passengers screened at Delhi airport between March 18-22 by medical teams, 18,573 passengers are in home quarantine and 1,173 are in quarantine at government facilities, the Delhi Health Department said in a statement.
As many as 13,132 contacts (persons) are under home quarantine till date and 1,639 have completed their 14-day quarantine, they said.
"Orders have been issued for testing of doctors/workers of health care facilities, who are directly involved in treatment of COVID-19 positive patients and in drawing samples from patients at designated centres for sample collection.
"All patients with severe acute respiratory illness admitted in government hospitals are also to be tested," the department earlier said.
March 28: Delhi Police detains 34,00 people for violating lockdown orders
The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital on Thursday increased to 40, according to the Delhi Health Department. Out of these cases, 30 are travel-related and 10 contracted the disease through contact, it said.
Out of the total 40 cases, five have been discharged, one had died earlier and one has migrated out of the country. Thirty-one are admitted at various hospitals in Delhi and one at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon and another at AIIMS Jhajjar, the department said in a statement.
By Thursday night, the number of cases of the deadly virus in the city stood at 39. The COVID-affected patients in Delhi include a Mohalla Clinic doctor, his wife and daughter, health department officials said.
A total of 2,09,567 passengers who have returned from coronavirus-affected countries have been screened at the Delhi airport till March 27 and placed under surveillance, Delhi Health Department authorities said. As many as 1,134 passengers are quarantined at government facilities.
As many as 12,973 passengers are under home quarantine as on Friday and 6,250 have completed their 14-day quarantine, they said.
"Total contacts (persons) traced till date stands at 4,599, out of which 1,639 contacts of the first six cases have completed their 14 days of quarantine and 2,960 are under surveillance," it added.
India had reported its second casualty due to coronavirus earlier with the death of a 68-year-old woman in Delhi.
"Orders have been issued for testing of doctors/workers of health care facilities, who are directly involved in treatment of COVID-19 positive patients and in drawing samples from patients at designated centres for sample collection. All patients with severe acute respiratory illness admitted in government hospitals are also to be tested," it said on Thursday.
March 27: Delhi is preparing to handle 1000 coronavirus cases in a day, says Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says the government along with a team of doctors have charted out a plan to handle upto 1000 COVID-19 cases in a day. There are a total of 39 Coronavirus positive cases in Delhi today. Out of these, 29 of them had come from outside and were kept in quarantine and 10 of these are cases of local transmission, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Moreover, 325 schools will be used to provide free food to the homeless and needy people. Currently, the government claims they are feeding approx 20,000 people on daily basis, and from tomorrow it has rolled out plans to feed 2 lakh people.
"We are ensuring that these centres practise social distancing so that they don’t spread COVID-19," says Kejriwal.
On March 27, 4 new cases were reported in national capital, total 39
With four fresh cases of coronavirus, Delhi now has a total of 39 cases. Of the 39 cases, 29 have travelled abroad while 10 came in contact of infected persons. In the last 24 hours, four new cases have been reported.
According to the Delhi Health Department, till Thursday, 12,703 passengers have been put under home quarantine while 4,513 passengers completed their 14-day quarantine period.
"A total of 1,173 passengers are quarantined at the government facilities," the Health Department said.
"There has been one death and five people have been discharged so far," it said.
A total of 4,559 people who came in contact with the positive cases have been traced, out of which 1,639 contacts of the first six cases have completed their 14-day quarantine period, while 2,920 are under surveillance, the Health Department said.
March 26: Essential services in the national capital can remain open 24*7
The Delhi Government on March 26 said all the essential services shop that wish to remain open 24*7 can do so to avoid crowd. According to Arvind Kejriwal, there are 36 cases of coronavirus in Delhi; out of which 26 are of those who travelled abroad.
He reassured that essential services will be ensured in Delhi and passes issued to all those involved in such services.
"A helpline number '1031' has been set up for those who need e-passes."
The Chief Minister said duty passes will be issued to all those involved in essential services but don't have formal IDs. He said for shopkeepers selling essential commodities too, the government will issue e-passes. E-passes will be meant for grocery shops, milk plant workers and others. Kejriwal also requested Delhi police to allow any essential service worker including milk and vegetable vendors to provide services without the pass.
"After getting the passes, they will be able to open their shops. The facility to apply online will be provided," he said.
March 26: Mohalla clinics in Delhi to remain open
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said all the Mohalla clinics in Delhi will remain open during the lockdown. This came after a doctor tested positive for COVID-19. The authorities have asked all those who visited or were present at Mohalla Clinic in Mohanpuri area of Maujpur between March 12 and March 18 to stay in home quarantine for 15 days.
They have been asked to contact the control room, in case there has been any symptoms. The order says that the Mohalla Clinic doctor Gopal Jha could have been a positive coronavirus case. According to the Delhi Health official, the clinic has been closed and is being sanitised.
March 25: Delhi issues 'Hunger Helpline' numbers amid lockdown
The Delhi government on Wednesday issued 11 Hunger Helpline numbers, one for each district in the national capital, to ensure that people get food during the 21-day nationwide lockdown that is in place to prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
The helpline numbers are: East district (8375879007), North East (9136469416), Central (7428210545), New Delhi (7290978054), North (8595364814), Shahdara (8595269577), South East (7048998835), West (8595269589), South (9818523225), South West (9871662109) and North West (8595552073).
March 24: Delhi to give ₹5000 compensation to 37,000 construction workers
The Delhi government has expedited the process of providing ₹5,000 to daily wage labourers associated with construction work during the lockdown due to coronavirus, with 37,127 registered workers getting the assistance immediately.
On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made the announcement about the ₹5,000 compensation. The Delhi government has already sent the file to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on the matter, an official said.
Drugs and cosmetics producers to manufacture ethanol-based hand sanitisers till June 30
The Delhi government on Wednesday allowed all drugs and cosmetics producers to manufacture ethanol-based hand sanitisers till June 30 without any separate licence.
"Permission has been granted to all manufacturers of drugs and cosmetics in Delhi to manufacture ethanol-based hand sanitisers up to June 30. No separate licence is required for the same," Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted.
Those involved in producing homeopathic medicine can also manufacture the ethanol-based hand cleanser, according to an order from the Delhi Drug Department. The central government has asked states to increase production of sanitisers to ensure its adequate supply.
Sanitisers produced in Delhi will have "for sale in Delhi only" written over it. Their prices would have to be under the bar set by the Centre, the order said.
There are no fresh coronavirus cases in Delhi in the last 40 hours, says Kejriwal
Delhi reported no fresh coronavirus case in the last 40 hours, claimed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. However, he warned that we shouldn’t be happy about it.
“Of the 30 patients some have gone home. There are only 23 patients now. This is good news but we should not be happy as the fight is still on. The number might spike anytime. We should remain alert.”
The Delhi government has formed a team of doctors and medical experts who will report to Kejriwal on dealing with the situation in case the number rises. Delhi was one of the first states and UTs in India to announce a complete lockdown.
Thousands of people in Delhi, one of the India’s busiest cities, were asked to stay indoors till March 31 to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. At least 415 people so far (March 13) have been diagnosed with the diseases across the country while seven, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
No shortage of essential items in Delhi, assures Kejriwal
Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across the nation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured the city's residents that there will be no dearth of essential items. Kejriwal, in a tweet in Hindi, said the government will take care of all the needs of the people in this difficult time.
"The 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by the Prime Minister is very important to prevent the coronavirus from spreading," he said, but assured every person of Delhi that there will be no reduction in the supply of essential items for the next three weeks.
Modi on Tuesday announced a national-wide lockdown for 21-day from midnight, but urged people not to panic.
"Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this. Together, we will fight Covid-19 and create a healthier India," he said.
Delhi is likely to see 10 lakh symptomatic cases in optimistic scenario, says ICMR
The spread of the novel coronavirus may lead to around around 10 lakh "symptomatic cases" in Delhi in the optimistic scenario, while the numbers may reach up to over 1 crore in a pessimistic scenario, according to projections based on a mathematical model by The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
In the optimistic scenario, the symptomatic cases may reach around 5 lakh each in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, said the study, adding that such a situation would peak over a period of 200 days, beginning February.
The study titled "Prudent public health intervention strategies to control the coronavirus disease 2019 transmission in India: A mathematical model-based approach" said that home quarantine of symptomatic can reduce the overall expected number of cases by 62% and the peak number of cases by 89%.
Introduction of community transmission, which is the third stage of the spread of coronavirus, in India could be delayed by early passenger screening and social distancing measures "in the most optimistic scenario", but it cannot be stopped completely, warned India's top health research body.
Delhi Police removed all the Citizenship Amendment Act protestors at Shaheen Bagh
After 101 days, Delhi Police removed all the Citizenship Amendment Act protestors who have been continuing the protest in spite of lockdown at Shaheen Bagh. The police reportedly reached the site around 7 am.
"They were not clearing the protest site despite repeated persuasion. When they refused to clear up the site, they were removed forcefully at around 7:30 am," an official told NDTV. The civic body will also sanitise the site. Some other protestors in Jafrabad in Northeast Delhi and Turkman Gate were also forced to leave the area.
Delhi Police registered 1,012 cases against violators
Apart from this, Delhi Police registered 1,012 cases against violators in different areas of the national capital on the first day of the lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A police officer said on Monday that most of these cases were registered under Section 188 of the IPC and Delhi Police Act.
Delhi Police registers first case for violation of Epidemic Act
In a first, the Delhi Police on March 23 booked five people including an Air India official for violating the Epidemic Act in the national capital. The five persons identified as Himanshu (Air India employee), Anil Rathee, Geeta Rathee, Mohit Rathee and Manpreet Rathee were found violating their home quarantines. The said persons have been booked under section 188, 269, 271, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
Curfew Passes for vehicles moving in NCR region
All the vehicles moving between NCR region will have to carry curfew passes issues by the government. The owners of the vehicles can collect passes from the nearest DCP officers in their region.
Massive traffic jams were witnessed at the Delhi-Noida and Gurugram border on March 23. With the orders, the borders of adjoining cities have been shut and no vehicles are being allowed to ply through the tolls. While people stood at the border requesting authorities to allow them to cross the state border, the authorities advised commuters to follow Sunday orders and return back from the borders.
Despite lockdown commuters throng at Delhi borders
Massive traffic jams were witnessed at the Delhi-Noida and Gurugram border on Monday. With the orders, the borders of adjoining cities have been shut and no vehicles are being allowed to ply through the tolls.
While people stood at the border requesting authorities to allow them to cross the state border, the authorities advised commuters to follow Sunday orders and return back from the borders.
Parliament House wears deserted look
The Parliament House wore a deserted look on March 23 noon as not a single member was visible within the premises. Business in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were to begin at 2 p.m, but amid Coronavirus scare, the parties appealed to adjourn the proceedings sine die — 12 days ahead of the original schedule.
Uber, Ola suspends services in Delhi
Services of Ola and Uber will not be available in Delhi till March 31 amid the lockdown announced by the state government to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The two companies — which account for a majority of taxis running in the national capital — had already suspended share rides temporarily on their respective platforms.
Outer Delhi people violate Section 144 and lockdown rules
A large number of people in areas such as Nangloi, Paschim Vihar, Vikaspuri, Mundka, Peeragadhi, Janakpuri and Tilaknagar were seen violating the lockdown norms without fear.
Salons, vehicle mechanics and paan shops opened in outer Delhi in the morning. A Reliance Fresh's store in Syed village of Nangloi was full of customers and they were seen pushing each other to purchase the goods.
E-rickshaws and gramin sewa tempos were seen plying on roads without any hesitation, while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the press conference on Sunday clearly stated that they are banned.
Supreme Court switches to video conferencing on urgent matters
The Supreme Court on March 23 said that it will conduct virtual hearing on urgent matters as it shut down its services. The apex court administration would temporarily consider cancellation of all proximity cards for advocates and sealing of lawyers' chambers on the court complex.
Only Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Dushyant Dave would certify lawyers' who could come inside the courtroom to argue urgent matters through video conferencing. All lawyers' chambers inside and in close proximity to the court premises would be sealed. Further, there would be no gathering of lawyers on the court premises until further orders.
Lockdown leads to improved air quality in Delhi
A complete lockdown in the country and enforcement of drastic measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus resulted in localised improvement of air quality. With almost no industrial units working or vehicles plying on the road, the air quality index improved drastically in the national capital.
According to the System of Air Quality and Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), both PM 2.5 and PM 10 pollutants in Delhi are in the "satisfactory" category and stood at 52 and 92, respectively. "Enjoy the day," SAFAR's advisory stated.
Delhi seals borders with Haryana, Uttar Pradesh
Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will be sealed from early Monday (March 23) as the national capital goes for a lockdown till March 31. While the Centre suspended metros and trains, inter-state bus services will also be barred between the cities.
Kejriwal, however, announced that essential items from neighboring states — food items like vegetables, milk etc. will be allowed. All the private offices, schools and colleges have been closed in Delhi. However, people in need of essential services will be allowed to move.
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