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Each quarantine centre in Delhi to have ACP

The letter said it is very crucial to ensure that the COVID-affected persons remain in isolation for a prescribed period.

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New Delhi, April 9 : Delhi District Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday directed the appointment of an Assistant Commissioner of Police in every quarantine centre in all the districts to maintain law and order.

In an order, Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev in his capacity as Chairperson, State Executive Committee, said the ACPs will have to ensure that the COVID-affected persons remain in the centres.

“In every quarantine centre, established in each district, one Assistant Commissioner of Police shall be deployed in a shift (preferably in night shift) to maintain law and order and to ensure that COVID affected persons remain in quarantine centres,” the order said.

On April 2, the Delhi Health and Family Welfare Department wrote to the police for deployment of adequate forces at the hospitals and quarantine centres across the city, citing patients, particularly those shifted from Nizamuddin Markaz who were “creating law and order problem”.

In the letter, dated April 2, to Delhi Police Commissioner, Padmini Singla, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), said a patient who shifted to hospital from the Markaz attempted suicide.

The patient “was timely rescued by the hospital staff. In another incident, two inmates quarantined at Narela DDA facility escaped and were later tracked down in Patparganj.”

The letter also said that it is reported that patients, particularly those transferred from Markaz, are creating law and order problems and commotion in the hospital which is becoming very difficult for the hospital staff to handle.

The letter said it is very crucial to ensure that the COVID-affected persons remain in isolation for a prescribed period.

“In view of the above, I am directed to request you to deploy an adequate police force in all the hospitals and quarantine centres,” she said in the order.

A patient in Delhi’s Rajiv Gandhi Hospital attempted suicide but was saved by the doctors. Following the incident, the Delhi government has directed for more security at the hospitals.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 strikes Jammu and Kashmir

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Srinagar, Jan 16 : An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, but there was no report of any damage, officials said.

At 10:01 pm, the earthquake struck at a latitude of 33.03 degrees north and a longitude of 75.93 degrees east — 93 kms east of Katra, they added.

The depth of the earthquake was 10 kms, the officials said.

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Covaxin consent form says vax administered without ph-3 trial

The vaccine is first offered to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by the below-50 population with comorbidities, and finally to the remaining population based on disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : Amid the vaccinaton drive against Covid-19, it has emerged that there is a separate consent form for those who are administered the ‘Covaxin‘ vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech.

The form says that “In phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trial ‘Covaxin’ has demonstrated the ability to produce antibodies against Covid-19, however the clinical efficacy of Covaxin is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase-3 clinical trial, hence it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that the other precautions related to Covid-19 should not be followed.”

The form says that in case of any adverse and serious condition, the receiver will be provided utmost care at the health centre and in case of casuality the compensation will be provided by Bharat Biotech.

“The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor BBIL if the SAE is proven to be casually related to the vaccine,” it said.

Serious concerns were raised in certain quarters including by opposition parties and Congress leader Manish Tewari has questioned the efficacy of ‘Covaxin’ while the Prime Minister has warned people not to believe in “rumours”.

The world’s biggest vaccination drive come almost a year after the first coronavirus case was detected in India, and since then the deadly virus has claimed over 1.5 lakh lives and infected one crore people. The first case came to the fore on January 30, 2020 in Kerala.

Two vaccines — the Oxford vaccine ‘Covishield’ manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and indigenously developed ‘Covaxin’ by Bharat Biotech — will be administered to priority groups. So far, the central government has procured 1.1 crore Covishield and 55 lakh Covaxin vaccines at a cost of Rs 200 and Rs 206 per dose, respectively.

In Delhi, which has 81 vaccination sites, ‘Covaxin’ has been allotted to six Centre-run hospitals while 75 Delhi government and private hospitals will receive ‘Covishield’.

The vaccine is first offered to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by the below-50 population with comorbidities, and finally to the remaining population based on disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

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Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake Hits Russia-Mongolia Border Region

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers

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AN earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck the Russia-Mongolia Border Region on Tuesday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers, it added.

The epicenter of the earthquake was registered 277 kilometers southwest of the city of Angarsk, in the Russian Irkutsk region, and 30 kilometers from the Mongolian city of Turt, Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik reported. https://bit.ly/2XtgrJs

There were no immediate reports of damage or victims, the report said.

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