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Drone deployed to spray disinfectant over Nizamuddin Markaz

“The drone took 18 rounds of 20 minutes each with a 5-liter solution of the disinfectant. We may deploy more drones in the area,” he said.

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New Delhi, April 2 : A flying object over a locality in Nizamuddin left the residents wondering what it was. Later they came to know that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation deployed a drone to spray a disinfectant over the locality, now said to be the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak.

SDMC said it used the drone to spray 1% sodium hypochlorite solution as a disinfectant in Nizamuddin East, Nizamuddin Basti and the surrounding areas. The spraying radius also included the controversial Markaz building.

“The drone deployment was meant to bring down human contact in the area. We don’t want our dedicated sanitation workers to be infected,” a senior SDMC official told IANS. He said drones also help in covering a large area effectively.

“The drone took 18 rounds of 20 minutes each with a 5-liter solution of the disinfectant. We may deploy more drones in the area,” he said.

The sanitation drive in the Nizamuddin area has been going on since Monday, a day after Delhi Police started evacuating people from the Nizamuddin Markaz.

The police had cordoned off a large part of Nizamuddin West as several people showed coronavirus symptoms after taking part in the religious gathering, Delhi Health Minister Satendra Jain had said.

The police have identified over 1,830 attendees of the religious congregation that had gathered in Nizamuddin earlier this month.

On Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered registration of an FIR against ‘maulana’ who led the congregation.

The maulana has been accused of organising a Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the area, flouting the social distancing norms.

According to sources, when the 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced, there were thousands of persons present inside the Tablighi Jamaat’s international headquarters in southwest Delhi.

(Rohan Agarwal can be contacted at [email protected] )-IANS

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No quarantine for asymptomatic passengers coming to Delhi

The guidelines said, in case any symptoms develop, they should inform the district surveillance officer or the state call centre.

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New Delhi, May 25 : The Delhi government on Monday issued guidelines for the passengers coming to the national capital on flights, trains and buses, saying the asymptomatic ones will be allowed to go with advice that they will self-monitor their health for 14 days.

In an order, the Delhi Directorate General of Health Services also linked the health facilities with the airport, railway station and ISBTs for symptomatic passengers.

As per the order, the symptomatic passengers coming in flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport will be transported in CATS ambulances to the Safdarjung Hospital.

For the New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Stations, it will be the Northern Railway Central hospital, and for symptomatic passengers at the Anand Vihar Railway Station and ISBT, Dr. Hedgewar Arogya Sansthan has been assigned.

Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital will be the destination for the passengers coming at the Sarai Rohilla Railway Station.

For those from the Maharana Pratap ISBT, the Aruna Asaf Ali government hospital has been assigned.

The guidelines for domestic travel through air, train or inter-state buses, also make thermal screening, social distancing and Arogya Setu app on mobile essential.

It directs that the dos and don’ts should be provided along with tickets to the travellers by the agencies concerned.

“All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. Suitable announcement about Covid-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports, railway stations, bus terminals and in flights, trains and buses,” the guidelines said.

It says the agencies concerned — airport health authority, railways and the transport department should ensure that all passengers should undergo thermal screening at the point of departure and exit and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the flight, train or bus.

“During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers/masks. They will also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and maintain environmental hygiene.”

At all the points, required measures to ensure social distancing should be taken, the guidelines for domestic travel — air, train, inter-state bus — say.

“The airports, railway stations and bus terminals should be regularly sanitised and disinfected and availability of soaps and sanitisers shall be ensured.”

The asymptomatic passengers, who will be permitted to go with the advice that they will self-monitor their health for 14 days, have been directed to inform the DDMA helpline number concerned or the state helpline number, if they develop any symptoms.

Those found symptomatic, it said, will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility linked with each transport hub, and assessed there for clinical severity.

“Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly.”

The guidelines also said that those having mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centre (both public and private facilities) appropriate and tested as per ICMR protocol.

“If positive, they will continue in Covid Care Centre and will be managed as per clinical protocol. If negative, the passenger may be allowed to go home, isolate himself/herself and self monitor his/her health for further seven days.”

The guidelines said, in case any symptoms develop, they should inform the district surveillance officer or the state call centre.

While special trains have been running to and from Delhi since May 12, domestic flights started on Monday. More trains will be running from June 1.

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163 new COVID19 cases in Bihar, tally 2,737

Death toll in the state is 13, with Patna, Vaishali and Khagaria accounting for two fatalities each and one death reported from Munger, Rohtas, Begusarai, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Siwan and Saran districts each.

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Patna, May 25 : With 163 fresh cases on Monday, the COVID-19 tally stood at 2,737 in Bihar, where the number of infection has seen a rapid rise in the recent past mainly on the account of the influx of migrant workers, the health department said.

The department put the number of migrants testing positive since May 3 at 1,754, which is close to 80 per cent of the total number of cases reported during the period. Special trains carrying them from far and wide began reaching the state on May 2.

The majority of the infected migrants are returnees from Delhi (411), Maharashtra (403), Gujarat (276), Haryana (146), Rajasthan (95), Uttar Pradesh (89), Telangana (81) and West Bengal (76), according to a break-up provided by the department.

Among the 163 cases reported during the day, Patna district accounted for 11, which caused its tally to reach 211. Two of these were reported from Lodipur and Samanpura localities of the state capital, while the remaining were from rural areas of the district, the worst-hit in Bihar.Advertisement
Bihar had reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 from 15 districts on Sunday.

Cases have been reported from all 38 districts of the state and nine of these — Patna, Rohtas, Begusarai, Munger, Madhubani, Katihar, Khagaria, Buxar and Jehanabad — have tallies in three-digits. Only Sheohar has reported less than 10 cases.

Death toll in the state is 13, with Patna, Vaishali and Khagaria accounting for two fatalities each and one death reported from Munger, Rohtas, Begusarai, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Siwan and Saran districts each.

The number of samples tested so far is 66,148.

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Covid-19: Gujarat’s tally mounts to 14,468, death toll 888

On Monday, a total of 224 patients were discharged. Till now, 6,636 people have recovered from the disease in Gujarat.

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Gandhinagar, May 26 : With an addition of 405 new cases on Monday, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Gujarat has climbed to 14,468, while 30 deaths in the last 24 hours took the states death toll to 888.

Health authorities carried out a total of 3,492 tests in the past 24 hours, of which the results of 405 returned positive. Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of cases at 310, followed by Surat (31), Vadodara (18), Sabarkantha (12), Mahisagar (7), Gandhinagar (4), Panchmahals and Narmada (3 each), Bhavnagar, Anand, Surendranagar and Amreli (2 each), and Rajkot, Mahesana, Botad, Kheda, Patan, Valsad, Navsari and Porbandar (1 each).

The state has been reporting over 20 deaths daily since the beginning of May and the trend continued on Monday with 30 more people falling prey to the deadly virus, taking the state’s death toll to 888.

Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of fatalities at 25 (15 males, 10 females), while two males and a female died in Gandhinagar. Surat (1 female) and Anand (1 male) also reported Covid-19 deaths.

Out of the total death toll, 674 people have succumbed to the dreaded virus in May. Till date, 722 people have died in Ahmedabad alone, followed by 62 in Surat, 35 in Vadodara, 13 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Anand, 8 in Bhavnagar and 6 in Panchmahals.

Out of the 6,944 active cases in the state, the condition of 6,835 is stable, while 109 patients are on ventilator support.

On Monday, a total of 224 patients were discharged. Till now, 6,636 people have recovered from the disease in Gujarat.

Right now, there are over 4.4 lakh people quarantined in the state, 4,31,046 under home quarantine, 10,789 in government facilities and 762 in private facilities.

Since the past couple of days, more and more cases are getting detected outside the three major cities of the state, Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara, signalling the increasing spread of the virus across the state.

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