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Delhi records 7,340 new Covid-19 cases despite conducting fewer tests; death toll crosses 7,500

Experts say the number of coronavirus cases will increase after Diwali.

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Delhi reported 7,340 new coronavirus cases (Covid-19) on Saturday despite conducting lower numbers of tests. The Delhi government conducted 49,645 cases on Friday, according to Delhi government’s Covid-19 bulletin, as compared to 56,553 tests on Thursday and 60,229 tests on Wednesday.

Delhi also reported 96 deaths due to Covid-19, taking the total toll of the viral infection in the city to over 7,500. As of Saturday, 7,519 people had died of the infection in Delhi.

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“The increase in the number of deaths is not unexpected. There is always a lag between the spike in the number of cases and deaths. It’s the time between people getting diagnosed, hospitalised, and dying,” said Dr Rajinder K Dhamija, professor of medicine and head of the department of neurology at Lady Hardinge Medical College.

He further added, “Also, when the denominator — the number of cases — is huge, the number of deaths will also be more. But the case fatality ratio continues to be 1.57%.”

The case fatality ratio (CFR) — proportion of people who died among those who tested positive for the infection — however remained at 1.56%.

Experts suspect the number of cases to rise after Diwali.

“There was a slight dip in numbers, but it is too soon to say whether the infections have peaked. In fact, I think that it isn’t even a true decline. With Diwali around the corner, fewer people are likely to go get tested, and tomorrow many labs would also not work. We will see an increase on Monday again,” said Dr Vikas Maurya, director, department of pulmonology and sleep disorders at Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.

Hospitals across Delhi are running out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds as the city experiences its third surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Almost 88% of the total ICU beds earmarked for the treatment of Covid-19 remained occupied as of Saturday night, according to the government’s Delhi Corona app.

The number of beds are likely to increase from the current 3,484 ICU beds — with and without ventilators — after the high court allowed the Delhi government order to reserve 80% ICU beds in 33 major private hospitals. The Delhi government wrote to the Centre for 300 additional ICU beds for its hospitals.

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Alarming rise of crime against women in Assam: Congress

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

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Guwahati: The Assam Mahila Congress on Monday expressed concern over the “alarming increase” of crime against women during the last few years under the present BJP government.

The state has reported “the highest rate of crime against women for the last three years consecutively” and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that it is constantly increasing, Assam Mahila Congress president and MLA Nandita Das told reporters here.

Incidents of registered violence against women were 20,869 in 2016, which increased to 23,082 in 2017 and to 27,728 in 2018, while in 2019, it again reported the highest crime rate “at 177.8 per lakh population”, she said.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

The girl was sleeping with her aunt, who was killed, and the girl was dragged out of the house, raped and then killed by the miscreants, Sharma alleged.

“A house is considered to be the safest place but under this government, even the four walls are not safe for women in Assam,” she said.

Sharma said the fact that such cases are increasing proves that the state government and its agencies have failed to instil fear among the perpetrators.

She added that the Congress in its manifesto for the forthcoming polls will include several measures for the protection of women, including a woman police battalion force and women cell in all police stations.

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13 labourers crushed to death by truck in Gujarat’s Surat district: Police

Six people, who suffered injuries in the accident, have been hospitalised.
Further details are awaited.

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Surat (Gujarat) [India], January 19 : Thirteen people from Rajasthan were crushed to death after they were run over by a truck in Surat’s Kosamba late Monday night, police said.

All the deceased were labourers hailing from Banswada district in Rajasthan, police said.

During the time of the incident, the labourers were sleeping on a footpath.

“A truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and drove it over the pavement where the labourers were sleeping,” CM Jadeja, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kamrej Division, Surat said.

Six people, who suffered injuries in the accident, have been hospitalised.
Further details are awaited. (ANI)

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Karnataka’s Covid vaccine recipient dies of heart stroke: Minister

The vaccination was launched in the southern state on January 16 with fanfare after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the drive across the country from New Delhi through video-conferencing.

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Bengaluru: A recipient of Covid vaccine in Karnataka’s Ballari city died of heart stroke (myocardial infarction) and not due to the vaccine, said state Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Monday.

“The death of the 43-year-old vaccine beneficiary at Ballari was not due to vaccine but from heart stroke or myocardial infarction. He took the jab on Saturday (January 16) but had no side-effects since then. He was diabetic and had hypertension,” clarified Sudhakar in a statement in Kannada here.

Ballari is about 310km northwest of Bengaluru in the southern state.

The victim was a resident of Kamalapura and was working as a group-D worker in the state-run Sandur general hospital.

“Though doctors at the state-run Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences tried to revive the victim’s heart and gave emergency healthcare, he did not respond to the treatment. His autopsy report is awaited,” said Sudhakar, a medical doctor by profession.

“Though the victim worked for two days after taking the shot, he was admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain earlier in the day,” a health department official said.

According to a statement by the health department, the cause of the worker’s death is due to anterior wall infarction with cardio-pulmonary failure.

ECG and ECHO reports also concluded that it was a death due to myocardial infarction.

“The AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunisation) committee met following the worker’s death and took his history. After looking at his ECG and ECHO reports, they concluded that it was a death due to myocardial infarction,” said Ballari district health officer H.L.Janardhan.

The vaccination was launched in the southern state on January 16 with fanfare after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the drive across the country from New Delhi through video-conferencing.

The state health department has decided to use Covishield in 24 of the 31 districts across the state and Covaxin in 6 districts, including Ballari under the emergency use situation.

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