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Indian Army headquarter closed amid COVID-19 scare

In order to avoid crowding at entry and exit points, personnel attending office to adhere to staggered timings — 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and 9.45 a.m. to 6.15 p.m.

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New Delhi, March 25 : Indian Army headquarter at iconic South Block at Raisina Hill remained closed on Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call for complete lockdown to fight COVID-19.

The Army headquarter will function with bare minimum staff of around 15 per cent from Thursday onwards, sources said.

The office of Department of Military Affairs was also closed on Wednesday. Talking about COVID-19, the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said the country is at a juncture where the armed forces will have to operate beyond their mandate and help the country in the fight against coronavirus.

Earlier, the force had reduced 50 per cent staff at headquarter and had issued guidelines for their personnel pertaining to social distancing.

Indian Army Chief had directed to reduce attendance in offices with effect from March 23, 2020, excluding personnel engaged in essential and emergency services directly involved in taking measures to control spread of COVID-19.

It shall be ensured that personnel are available on telephone and electronic means at all times for exigencies of work.

In order to avoid crowding at entry and exit points, personnel attending office to adhere to staggered timings — 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and 9.45 a.m. to 6.15 p.m.

Indian Army on Monday closed its canteen stores and decided to provide home delivery of grocery and essential items. The force has asked his men to maintain social distancing while performing all tasks.

“All tasks related to response to COVID-19 should continue without hindrance,” the advisory stated.

Army has also imposed restricted movements in Cantonments and military stations.

The force had permitted personnel engaged in essential services like medical establishments, fire, electricity/ water supply, communication, post offices and sanitation services will continue to work.

“Additional districts/ extension of lockdown time frame by state governments will be adhered to as when promulgated,” it stated.

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Containment zones in Delhi jump to 102

Covid-19 cases in the national capital crossed 17,000 on Friday.

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New Delhi, May 29 : The total number of containment zones in the national capital jumped to 102 on Friday with the highest 21 active in the North district.

So far, a total of 50 zones have been de-contained, as per the data shared by the Delhi government on Friday — highest 12 from the West district.

Followed by the north district, the South East has 16 containment zones while the South districts has 13 zones.

Among those having the least zones were — New Delhi and West, each having three active zones. The South West has 12 such zones while the North West district has 10 containment zones.

The Central district has seven zones and the North East district has four zones while Shahdara district has eight zones.

Five containment zones are in the East district.

Covid-19 cases in the national capital crossed 17,000 on Friday.

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COVID-19: Delhi’s total tally crosses 17k-mark, death toll 398

The 34-day period, as per the health bulletin, is between April 10 and May 27, not including all the dates between them.

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New Delhi, May 29 : The count of novel coronavirus cases in Delhi witnessed a record jump of 1,106 in a day, taking its total tally on Friday to 17,386. The death toll due to coronavirus has reached 398, the Delhi Health Department said.

“At least 7,846 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 9,142 cases are active,” the Health Department said.

As per the Delhi health reports, 82 new casualties were added to the death toll. However, 13 deaths have occurred in the last 24 hours.

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.

On Thursday, for the first time since the corona outbreak, the cases reported in a single day crossed 1,000-mark with 1,024 cases. On Friday, it was the second time that positive cases saw another huge jump.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had explained that out of the 82 new deaths, 13 took place in the last 24 hours.

“The remaining 69 deaths have taken place over a period of 34 days. These cases are being recorded now due to late reporting by various hospitals or due to incomplete submission of information,” Sisodia said.

The 34-day period, as per the health bulletin, is between April 10 and May 27, not including all the dates between them.

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Tamil Nadu corona count cross 20,000, death toll rises 154

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Chennai, May 29 : As many as 874 persons tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours in Tamil Nadu, while nine Covid-19 patients died on Friday, the state Health Department said.

In a statement issued here, it said with the new cases, taking the total tally to 20,246 in the state, which include 1,203 children in the age group 0-12.

Out of the total tally, the number of active cases stands at 8,776.

Included in the new infections are 141 persons who have returned to the state from other states like Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal, Telangana and Karnataka.

With nine persons breathing their last on Friday, the total Covid-19 death toll goes up to 154.

On Friday, 11,334 samples were tested, taking the total to 4.66 lakh. Testing of 636 samples are under process.

Chennai with its high density of population continued to see the highest number of infections at 618 taking the total tally to 13,362. Chengalpattu district reported 61 cases.

However, 23 districts did not report any positive cases on Friday.

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