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COVID-19 crisis: Delhi will need 80,000 beds by July end, says Manish Sisodia

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in India stand at 2,66,598 with the highest single-day spike of 9987 new coronavius cases and 331 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data from state governments.

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There is no community spread of coronavirus in Delhi, which has seen an exponential increase in the number of cases over the past week, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said quoting officials from the Centre after a meeting with State Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday.

“Officials from Centre say no community transmission of Covid-19 virus in Delhi,” said Sisodia.

The meeting was chaired by Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, who is also chairperson of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.

Sisodia, who attended the meeting as CM Arvind Kejriwal was unwell and in self-isolation, said the city-state will see 5.5 lakh Covid-19 cases by July-end and said the government will need 80,000 bed by that time to cater to the patients. The deputy CM, however, provided no explanation as to how he arrived at the said numbers.

The lieutenant governor has refused to reconsider his decision to overrule the Delhi government’s order reserving state-run and private hospitals for Delhiites, the deputy chief minister said.

Sounding a note of caution, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, before the meeting, said of the new cases being reported in the city, nearly 50 per cent are those in which the source of infection is not known.

When asked if Delhi has reached community transmission level as far as coronavirus infection is concerned, Jain said declaration on this is made by the Centre.

“Epidemiologically, community transmission is third stage of the infection… In Delhi, of the new cases being reported, nearly half of the cases, the source of infection is not known,” he said.

Delhi’s L-G Anil Baijal has called for an all-party meeting at 3 pm today to discuss the present situation of Covid-19 in Delhi and measures to contain the spread of the same.

The national capital recorded 1,007 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the Covid-19 cases in the city to over 29,000-mark, and the death toll due to the disease mounted to 874, authorities said.

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Delhi govt bans use of hookah in hotels, restaurants to stem COVID-19 spread

Delhi has so far recorded 1,38,482 COVID-19 cases and 4,021 people have died due to the disease.

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New Delhi, Aug 3 : The Delhi government on Monday banned the use of hookahs, with or without tobacco, in all public places, including hotels, restaurants and bars, with immediate effect to control the spread of COVID-19.

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as smoking means the fingers are in contact with the lips which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus, the health department said in an order.

“Smokers may also already have lung diseases or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase the risk of serious illness,” it said.

Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouthpieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings, the health department said.

Therefore, the use and sharing of hookah, with or without tobacco (herbal hookah), “which might further increase the spread of SARS-CoV2, is strictly prohibited in all public places, including hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, eateries, discotheques, etc. in Delhi with immediate effect to prevent and control the outbreak of COVID-19”, it said.

Delhi has so far recorded 1,38,482 COVID-19 cases and 4,021 people have died due to the disease.

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Assam situation limps towards normalcy, 4 lakh still affected

With one more death on Monday in Bongaigaon district, the floods have so far left 110 persons, including women and children, dead in 22 districts, while 26 others were killed in landslides since May 22.

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Guwahati, Aug 3 : Around four lakh people in 17 districts are still in distress even as the situation in Assam, which faced an over month long spell of devastating floods, has improved in the past 11 days due to a break in the monsoon, officials said on Monday.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials, of the four lakh affected people in 17 of the 33 districts, 3.40 lakh are in the state’s seven districts — Goalpara (172,866), Morigaon (48,198), Bongaigaon (49,815), South Salmara (23,104), Baksa (16,000), Golaghat (14,700) and Barpeta (14,427).

A total of 32,028 hectares of crops in around 500 villages are still inundated.

The let-up in the monsoon rains caused the improvement in the annual flood situation in Assam and other northeastern states, India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said.

The ASDMA officials said that four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, are still in spate at many places in five districts, including Sonitpur, where both the Brahmaputra and Jia Bharali are flowing over the danger level for the past several weeks.

With one more death on Monday in Bongaigaon district, the floods have so far left 110 persons, including women and children, dead in 22 districts, while 26 others were killed in landslides since May 22.

Forest officials said that at least 150 wild animals have died due to the deluge and 172 have been rescued, even as over 50 per cent of the 884 sq km Kaziranga National Park remains inundated. On July 24, 95 per cent area of the park had been flooded.

The animals that have died in the annual monsoon floods include 18 rhinos, 105 hog deer, 11 wild boars, six wild buffaloes, three porcupines and two swamp deer.

Officials said that besides Kaziranga, located on the edge of the eastern Himalayan bio-diversity hotspots of Golaghat and Nagaon districts, the Manas, R.G. Orang and Tinsukia national parks, and the Pabitora and Tinsukia wildlife sanctuaries were also affected.

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LG Anil Baijal sets up special court for trial of Delhi riot cases

By the means of another notification dated July 31, the Delhi Home Department declared the police quarters adjoining Mandoli Jail as a “temporary jail”.

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New Delhi, Aug 3 : On the recommendation of the Delhi High Court, Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Monday designated the court of Additional Session Judge, Shahdara, as a special court for the trial of cases relating to violence which had erupted in the city in February.

In a notification, the Department of Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs stated: “In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 22 of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008, the Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, on the recommendation of High Court of Delhi, is pleased to additionally designate the Court of Additional Session Judge-03, Shahdara District, as Special Court for the trial of cases relating to communal violence/riots which took place in Delhi early this year in which Scheduled offences under the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 are also made out.”

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In June, the Delhi High Court had designated four special courts for holding trials in the cases relating to the violence and clashes that broke out in the northeast district of the national capital in February.

Violence had broken out in parts of Delhi after clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act agitators spiralled out of control, leaving 53 dead.

By the means of another notification dated July 31, the Delhi Home Department declared the police quarters adjoining Mandoli Jail as a “temporary jail”.

In the notification, Deputy Secretary, Home, M.K. Aggarwal, stated: “In pursuance of the provisions of the Delhi Prisons Act, 2000 read with the Delhi Prisons Rules 2018, Minister of Home of Delhi government declare Police Quarters in the Police Housing Complex adjoining Mandoli Jail, Delhi as ‘Temporary Jail’ till further orders, in view of Covid-19 pandemic.”

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