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Prashant Bhushan terms odd-even a ‘gimmick’

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New Delhi, April 15 : Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan termed the Delhi government’s odd-even traffic restriction scheme a “gimmick”.

Citizens could offer better solutions to pollution, suggested Bhushan, formerly a key member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and a close associate of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“Citizens may offer better solutions for pollution, bike lanes, better public transport/BRT, than gimmicks like odd/even,” the lawyer posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Delhi government’s second phase of odd-even traffic scheme which aims at reducing air pollution in the national capital started on Friday.

The scheme disallows private vehicles with even registration numbers to run on odd-numbered dates and vice versa, thus restricting the flow of traffic on roads.

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20 new containment zones formed in Delhi; 122 total

Covid cases in the national capital crossed the 18,000 mark on Saturday.

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New Delhi, May 30 : The number of Containment Zones in the national capital rose to 122 on Saturday with 20 new being formed in the last 24 hours, according to Delhi Government.

Among the 20 new containment zones, one is in East, three in North, three in south-east and 13 in West zone.

The highest 24 containment zones are in the North district. The South East has 17 containment zones while the South district has 12 zones.

Among those having the least zones is the New Delhi district with three zones.

The South West has 12 such zones while the North West districts has 13 containment zones.

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

Six containment zones are in the East district.

So far, total 53 zones have been de-contained, as per the data shared by the Delhi government on Saturday — the highest 12 from the West district. On Saturday, three zones were freed — two in the south-east district and one in the South district.

Covid cases in the national capital crossed the 18,000 mark on Saturday.

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Gujarat’s corona death toll now 1,007, total cases 16,356

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Gandhinagar, May 30 : Gujarat’s death toll due to novel coronavirus climbed to 1,007 on Saturday as 27 more persons succumbed to the dreaded virus. With 412 new cases, the total crossed the 16K-mark to 16,356.

The state has 6,119 active cases at present, of which the condition of 6,057 is stable. The condition of 62 patients is critical and are on ventilators.

The state has been registering over 20 deaths daily since beginning of May. Of the 27 new casualties, Ahmedabad reported 24. A patient each from Gandhinagar, Banaskantha and Mahesana also succumbed to the virus on Saturday.

A total of 621 patients were discharged on Saturday, taking the total cured patients to 9,230.

According to the state government, the recovery rate of Gujarat has now improved to 56.43% from 39.20% 15 days back.

A total of 793 persons have succumbed to the virus in May till date. Out of the total deaths, 822 deaths were reported in Ahmedabad (81.62%), followed by 67 in Surat, 39 in Vadodara, 14 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Anand, 8 in Bhavnagar, and 6 in Panchmahals.

Of 412 new cases, Ahmedabad had the maximum 284, followed by Surat 55, Vadodara 28, Gandhinagar 12, Aravalli 6, Banaskantha, Rajkot, Sabarkantha and Panchmahals 3 each, Anand, Patan, Jamnagar and Chotta Udepur 2 each, and Bhavnagar, Kutch, Mahisagar, Amreli, Porbandar and other states one positive case each.

Out of Gujarat’s total 16,356 cases, Ahmedabad leads with maximum 11,881, followed by Surat 1,565, Vadodara 1,009, Gandhinagar 261, Bhavnagar 120, Mahisagar 115, Mahesana 112, Rajkot 108, Banaskantha 107, Aravalli 103, Sabarkantha 101, Anand 99, Panchmahals 85, Patan 78, Kutch 80, Kheda 65, Botad 59, and Jamnagar 54 cases.

Health authorities have so far carried out 2,05,780 tests in the state, of which 16,356 tested positive and 1,89,424 negative.

People quarantined total 2,53,845, out of which 2,45,701 are home quarantined and 8,144 in institutional quarantine.

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Delhi asks hospitals for timely disposal of Covid death bodies

The order said the hospital must fix a date and time in such a way that an effective notice of at least 24 hours is available to the family or relatives.

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New Delhi, May 30 : To ensure better management of dead bodies of coronavirus victims and suspected cases at the mortuaries of various city government hospitals, the Delhi government on Saturday asked the hospitals for timely disposal of the bodies.

In an order issued on Saturday, Padmini Singla, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, said that in case a death occurs due to coronavirus or that of a suspect person or that of a person brought dead at a hospital, the concerned medical facility should send the body to mortuary within two hours.

“If the family or relatives are contacting the mortuary themselves within 12 hours of the death, the hospital shall schedule cremation/burial in consultation with the family or relatives and the area municipal corporation in the next 24 hours,” the order said.

It further said that if the family or relatives are not contacting the mortuary themselves within 12 hours of death, an intimation to them should be sent through the area SHO with date and time and place of cremation/burial, in consultation with the municipal corporation of the area to enable them to attend the funeral.

“The delivery of the intimation shall be ensured by the area SHO within 12 hours after receipt of a message from the hospital,” it added.

The order said the hospital must fix a date and time in such a way that an effective notice of at least 24 hours is available to the family or relatives.

“In case of unidentified or abandoned body of Covid-19 positive or suspect person, the Delhi Police shall complete all legal formalities within 72 hours of death and dispose the body in the next 24 hours as per the protocol,” it said.

The order said that if the address of the Covid-19 positive or suspect person is outside Delhi, the medical director shall send a notice to the resident commissioner of the state or the Union Territory for communicating back within 48 hours. If no reply is received, the body shall be cremated by the hospital in the next 24 hours.

“The responsibility of timely disposal of dead bodies of Covid-19 positive or suspect persons who died at the hospital or were brought dead at the hospital shall be of the medical director of the hospital. The respective municipal corporation shall make all the arrangements to cremate/bury such bodies,” it said.

The order said the in-charge of the linked mortuary will report to the medical director/director of the hospital for the disposal of the bodies of Covid-19 positive or suspect persons.

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