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COVID-19: Defence Colony turns fortress after 3 of family test positive

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New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) A thick layer of dust on vehicles parked on deserted roads, police patrolling units deployed at almost every junction of roads, nothing similar to the famous scenes of Delhi’s posh Defence Colony.

But such has been the impact of deadly COVID-19 that most of the residents of the colony remain indoors, rest are forced to be indoors with continuous monitoring by Delhi Police. The scenes emerged after three members of a family in the colony, whose private security guard had attended the congregation at the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Nizamuddin in March, were found Covid-19 positive.

“For someone who would have come here earlier, Defence Colony never looked so dull. But then it is essential to be in quarantine especially after four people are already confirmed to be affected,” Prakash who has lived in the colony for over 8 years told IANS. The fear of the pandemic was such that many residents have told their domestic helps to not return to work until the lockdown is lifted completely.

“Private guards or domestic help in most of the houses have been instructed to stay at home during these times. Most of the houses in the colony are following the trend. Only the colony guards are being called in for work and they are also being given proper protection kits,” Punkaj Malhotra, a former RWA member said.

Many also claimed that they have told their domestic help to take 2 months of paid leave so social distancing can be followed strictly.

“I made sure both of my domestic helps were at home and also paid them 2 months of salary in advance,” Geeta Bhargava, General Secretary of Defence Colony RWA said.

She added that the RWA has not advised all residents to follow the same.

Meanwhile the locality has closed all its entry and exit gates, except for two which can be used to enter or exit the colony after due checking by private security guards and policemen.

“We have taken up the sanitation work, and the colony residents led by the RWA President Major Ranjit Singh have decided to make sanitation their priority,” Bhargava said.

The Delhi Police has also started to make announcements of COVID-19-related guidelines and precautions on a regular interval.

“Announcements to follow lockdown and COVID-19-relatedadvisories are being made by our patrolling parties. We are also making sure that anyone who steps out of their residence has proper mask and gloves,” Atul Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Southern district, told IANS.

The police has also registered an FIR against the guard for withholding the information from his employers, Thakur added.

“The family lived on the ground floor of a building. They have been admitted to a private hospital. Other members of the family and those living on other floors of the building have been asked to remain in home quarantine,” the DCP said.

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Liquor shops in Delhi to operate daily till 8 PM

It also said in case the shops allowed to operate comes under the containment zone in future, the same shall be closed immediately.

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New Delhi, June 1 : All government and private liquor shops, which were allowed to operate so far in Delhi, will be allowed to open all days a week, except dry days, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., the Excise Department said on Monday.

An Excise Department official told IANS that an order has been issued which says all the shops having L-6 and L-8 licenses are allowed to function all day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

While L-6 is for the government-run retail vends of Indian liquor, L-8 is for the retail vends of country liquor.

For the private shops, the order, a copy of which is with IANS, said only those which were allowed to operate on an odd-even basis after May 19 will be allowed all day and the timing has been changed from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. to between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. now.

Total 76 private liquor shops were allowed after May 19, the official added.

There are about 850 liquor shops in Delhi. However, close to 150 shops, which were in malls across the city, will continue to remain shut, the official said.

While the rules for timing have been changed, the other directives remain the same, the official added.

“They will deposit 70 per cent Special Corona Fee on total sales daily, which will be deducted from their ledger account linked with their Vend-ID in ESCIMS. They should, therefore, maintain the requisite balance in their ledger account,” the official told IANS.

“In case of any un-scanned sale, the MSR Gap generated shall be treated as the stock sold and 70 per cent Special Corona Fee shall be levied and payable on the same,” it added.

The Excise Department asked the shop owners to strictly comply with the National Directives for Covid-19 Management and to take all possible measures including deployment of adequate number of guards, proper barricading, marking to ensure social distancing, etc. in coordination with Delhi Police and local administration.

It also said in case the shops allowed to operate comes under the containment zone in future, the same shall be closed immediately.

From May 4, the standalone liquor shops were allowed in the city, while from May 19, even those in the market places were allowed on alternate days. On May 5, the government imposed the ”Special Corona Fee”, which was 70 per cent of the MRP. Till May 25, the government has earned Rs 127 crore as the special corona fee.

The Delhi government on Monday allowed all the shops to operate even in markets without any odd-even system.

–IANS

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Delhi DMs asked to identify additional land for cremation, burial

As of date, Delhi has reported 523 covid deaths since the outbreak of the infection. Also the cases count has crossed 20,000 mark, with 11,565 of them active cases.

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New Delhi, June 1 : The various District Magistrates in the national capital on Monday were asked to identify lands for cremation or burial grounds, which are reasonably away from the residential areas.

In a letter to all the District Magistrates of Delhi, Rajesh Goyal, Additional CEO, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) demanded a report on the same by 4 p.m. on June 3.

The letter asked the DMs to identify places, spaces for creating additional capacity for patient beds as well as additional land for cremation and burial grounds.

“As you are aware that in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 patients in Delhi, it is imperative to plan in advance for enhancing the capacity of patient beds and also to identify additional cremation and burial grounds,” the letter reads.

It asked the DMs to identify and provide the information on top priority.

“Indoor air conditioned locations, preferably large multipurpose halls, banquet halls and indoor stadiums etc. for putting up extra beds for Covid-19 patients along with capacity of each such location,” it said.

It also demanded the present locations of cremation and burial grounds as well as “additionally identified locations or lands for cremation and burial grounds which are reasonably away from the residential areas”.

As of date, Delhi has reported 523 covid deaths since the outbreak of the infection. Also the cases count has crossed 20,000 mark, with 11,565 of them active cases.

–IANS

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Unlock 1.0: Status quo for DTC, restaurants in Delhi

For marriage related gatherings, maximum 50 guests are allowed. For funeral or last rites related gatherings maximum 20 persons are allowed, it added.

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New Delhi, June 1 : As the Delhi government on Monday issued guidelines for ‘Unlock 1.0’, it maintained status quo for restaurants, permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery and takeaway of food items, and DTC with not more than 20 passengers at a time.

In an order, signed by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority extended the lockdown period in the containment zones in the national capital up to June 30, while allowing some more relaxations across the city outside containment zones. Dev, in his capacity as Chairperson, State Executive Committee, said all private as well as government offices will be permitted to function in full strength.

“However, for private offices, as far as possible, the practice of work from home should be followed,” it said.

The order said restaurants will be permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery and takeaway of food items.

The government allowed the intra-state movement of buses — DTC as well as cluster — with the condition that not more than 20 passengers shall be allowed at one time inside.

Before entering into the bus, each passenger will be screened through a thermal gun on ”best effort” basis.

“The Transport Department shall deploy an adequate number of bus marshals inside each bus at all times for maintaining social distancing inside the bus and restricting the number of passengers to 20,” the order said.

The transportation of passengers, other than by buses, shall also be allowed. “After disembarking every passenger, the driver should disinfect the passenger sitting area.”

For shops and markets, the order said all markets and market complexes will remain open.

“Social distancing (2 Gaz ki doori) will be maintained in all cases. If social distancing is not maintained by any shop, then the said shop shall be liable to be closed in view of public health hazard involved in containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic and the shopkeeper shall also be liable for prosecution under the relevant laws,” the order said.

It said the industrial establishments will be permitted to function.

“Construction activities shall be permitted wherever the workers are available on site or could be transported to the site from within Delhi.”

For marriage related gatherings, maximum 50 guests are allowed. For funeral or last rites related gatherings maximum 20 persons are allowed, it added.

The order said the RWAs cannot prevent any person from performing their services and duties which has been permitted under these guidelines.

The order said the containment zones lockdown will continue to remain in force in the containment zones till June 30.

“In the containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.”

In the containment zones, there should be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance and other clinical interventions, as required by guidelines of Union Health Ministry.

“All other activities will be permitted, except those which are specifically prohibited. However, in containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed,” the order said.

Also, persons above 65 years of age with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes, it added.

The order said that there will be unrestricted movement of persons and goods within Delhi and no separate permission will be required for these movements.

“In view of the current public health situation in Delhi, the inter-state movement of non-residents of Delhi, into the territory of Delhi shall be allowed only on the production of e-passes issued for essential services or in case of emergent circumstances by authorities of respective State, UT or District Magistrates of Delhi. However, government employees shall be allowed on the production of Government ID cards,” it said.

However, the movement by passenger trains and flights will continue to be regulated as per the SOPs issued.

The order also said that Aarogya Setu enables early identification of potential risk of infection and thus acts as a shield for individuals and the community and advises its use.

–IANS

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