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COVID-19: People going hungry in Panaji, says Parrikar’s son

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Panaji, March 30 : With Panaji reeling under severe food and groceries shortage amid the ongoing lockdown like other parts of Goa, former Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal on Monday, participated in a drive to deliver essential groceries to 500 people living in the late Defence Minister’s home constituency.

“Many people who live day to day cannot afford to buy large amounts of grocery at a time. They have to survive. It is easy to say ‘stay at home’, but many people are facing hunger. Ground reality is it is difficult to get supplies. I do not know if it is hoarded by people,” Utpal Parrikar told IANS on Monday.

The outreach by Utpal, who is a member of the state executive committee of the Goa Bharatiya Janata Party, comes at a time when the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led administration is facing accusations of inefficiency vis a vis ensuring availability of food supplies and basic essentials to hundreds of thousands of Goans across the state who are in a state of panic due to grocery stores running out of stock. The home delivery system initiated by the government, with the help of volunteers from political parties, has also been accused of diverting and hoarding essential goods, releasing them only to party workers and other favourites.

Former Panaji MLA and BJP leader Sidharth Kuncalienkar has also alleged a scam in the diversion of essential goods in the home delivery mechanism devised by the city corporation which is controlled by the BJP.

Utpal Parrikar said that he himself faced a lot of issues related to sourcing of material for the outreach programme, on behalf of the Mahalaxmi temple trust. Mahalaxmi is the city deity of Panaji, a constituency represented by Manohar Parrikar since 1994.

“I am just giving it on behalf of the Mahalaxmi trust as a social cause to a few needy people so that they can stay at home for a few days. We are trying to reach 500 families which are in need,” Utpal said.

“I was doing it silently for the past two three days. I was facing a lot of issues getting the material. We will try to repeat it next week, so that these people can stay inside. That is the next goal,” he said, adding that people who live on day-to-day finances find it difficult to buy large volumes of groceries to last several days.

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Coronavirus: Guard at Delhi Covid hospital dies of infection

In Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), a mess worker and a staff member died from the coronavirus infection.

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New Delhi, May 28 : A security guard at Delhi government’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, a dedicated hospital for Covid cases, died of the infection on Thursday, the hospital said.

In a statement, the Hospital said the “deepest sympathies go out to the family of the deceased”.

The death of the guard came as several health workers have tested positive for the infection since the outbreak.

In Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), a mess worker and a staff member died from the coronavirus infection.

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Delhi reports 1,024 new cases in 24 hrs, tally crosses 16k mark

It is the first time since the outbreak of the infection that the cases reported in a day has crossed the 1,000-mark.

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New Delhi, May 28 : The coronavirus cases count in the national capital witnessed a record jump of 1,024 in a day, taking the total tally to 16,281 while the death tally has reached 316, the Delhi Health Department said on Thursday.

Out of the total cases, 8,470 were active, it said.

As per the Delhi Health reports, 13 new deaths were added in the tally, taking the total Covid toll in the national capital to 316.

The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of case sheets received from various hospitals.

“Total 1,024 new cases were reported and the positive cases in the city reached 16,281. At least 7,495 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 8,470 cases are active,” the Health Department said.

It is the first time since the outbreak of the infection that the cases reported in a day has crossed the 1,000-mark.

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Delhi witnesses light rains, heat wave abates

However, the heat wave intensified between May 24 and 27 with the mercury making new records.

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New Delhi, May 28 : The national capital on Thursday evening witnessed some relief from the rising mercury with light rains and dust and thunderstorm with no heat wave witnessed in the day.

According to the weather office, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded a maximum of 40.3 degrees Celsius, normal for the season, down by 5 notches from Wednesday.

The Palam Observatory recorded the maximum temperature at 41.8 degrees Celsius, down from 47.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

“Heat wave abated from Delhi,” the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

The IMD said the observatories at Lodhi Road and Ayanagar recorded their respective maximums at 38.4 degrees Celsius and 40.4 degrees Celsius, below the season’s average.

It said the weather changed due to the effect of the easterly winds.

The IMD predicted thunderstorms along with lightning, hail, squall/gusty winds likely over the Delhi-NCR region during May 28 and June 1.

According to the Skymet, pre-monsoon rains are expected between May 29 and June 1. “Temperatures to drop further,” it said.

The national capital on May 23 witnessed maximum temperature at 46.2 degrees celsius — new highest for season — with the weather office predicting severe heat waves in the coming days.

However, the heat wave intensified between May 24 and 27 with the mercury making new records.

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