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With 108 more positive cases, Gujarat’s tally touches 1,851

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Gandhinagar, April 20 (IANS) With 108 fresh corona cases reported on Monday, the COVID-19 tally in Gujarat moved up to 1,851 while the total number of deaths due to the deadly virus was reported to be 67.

Of the total new cases, 91 were reported from Ahmedabad, six from Aravalli, two each from Surat, Kutch, Panchmahals and Rajkot and one each from Vadodara and Mehsana.

The majority of the cases from Ahmedabad were reported from the containment zones following intensified testing.

Out of the total 1,851 cases, Ahmedabad continued to lead with 1,192 cases, followed by Surat (244), Vadodara (181), Rajkot (38), Bhavnagar (32), Anand (28), Bharuch (23), Gandhinagar (17), Patan (15), Narmada (12), Panchmahals (11), Banaskantha (10), Chotta Udepur (7), Kutch and Mehsana (6 each), Botad (5), Porbandar, Mahisagar and Dahod (3 each), Gir-Somnath, Kheda and Sabarkantha (2 each) and Jamnagar and Morbi (one each).

“Out of the total 1,676 active cases, the condition of 1,662 is stable while 14 patients are still on ventilator,” said Jayanti Ravi, the principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Gujarat.

Four more corona positive patients succumbed to the virus on Monday. A woman (80) and a man (70) admitted in New Civil hospital, Surat died while two men aged 54 and 59 admitted in SVP Hospital, Ahmedabad died on Monday.

Till date, out of the total 67 deaths, 34 are from Ahmedabad while 10 are from Surat, seven in Vadodara and four in Bhavnagar.

One positive patient after treatment was discharged on Monday. A total of 106 positive patients have been discharged so far after treatment.

“In the last 24 hours, the health authorities have taken 3,992 samples for testing, of which 247 have been found positive and 3,745 were negative. The total number of tests carried out by the health department till now is 32,204 of which 1,851 are positive while 29,353 are negative,” Ravi added.

The total number of quarantined people in the state is 23,749, with 20,199 in home quarantine, 3,303 in government facilities and 247 in private facilities.

Meanwhile, even two days after the Rapid Antibody Testing kits (RAT) have been made available to the state, the health authorities seemed to be struggling to calibrate them.

“The current kits which we have received right now are different from the earlier ones. The quality is good but due to its different technicalities, it needs to be calibrated. We are still waiting for the calibration to get finished,” Ravi said.

“A training session of ASHA workers and health workers to train them about usage of new kits is planned for today. The kits have already been dispatched to various districts,” Ravi added.

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Delhi Govt decides to cancel all Delhi university exams

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New Delhi: Delhi government has decided to cancel all Delhi state university exams including final exams in view of Novel coronavirus COVID-19.

The degree will be awarded based on evaluation parameters decided by the universities: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia

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WHO Acknowledges Success of Dharavi Model in Arresting Covid-19 Spread

“Across all walks of life, we are all being tested to the limit,” Tedros said, “from countries where there is exponential growth, to places that are loosening restrictions and now starting to see cases rise.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday acknowledged the success of the steps followed in Mumbai’s Dharavi to contain the coronavirus, saying community engagement and testing is key to breaking the chain of transmission of the disease.

Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, on Friday reported 12 new cases, taking its tally to 2,359. Dharavi currently has 166 active cases and 1,952 patients have been discharged from hospitals following recovery so far.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the examples of Italy, Spain, South Korea and India’s biggest slum showed that however bad a outbreak was, the virus could still be reined in through aggressive action.

“In the last six weeks cases have more than doubled,” Tedros told a virtual press conference in Geneva.

However, “there are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” said Tedros.

“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi — a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai — a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus.”

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 555,000 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Friday.

Nearly 12.3 million cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories.

“Across all walks of life, we are all being tested to the limit,” Tedros said, “from countries where there is exponential growth, to places that are loosening restrictions and now starting to see cases rise.

“Only aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity can turn this pandemic around.”

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Supreme Court notice to Centre, Assam on plea opposing delimitation

The petitioner has urged the apex court to defer the delimitation exercise until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

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New Delhi July 10 : The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from Centre and Assam government on a plea by the state”s AIUDF party, seeking to defer the delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in the state.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and A.S. Bopanna, after brief hearing, issued notice.

“The decision to conduct the pending process of delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies, is not only an arbitrary and hasty decision, but stands contrary to the very idea behind conducting delimitation inasmuch as the present delimitation exercise is sought to be conducted on the basis of Census 2001, while Census 2011 has already been conducted and Census 2021 is underway,” said the plea filed by the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).

The petition sought quashing of February 28 order which rescinded the February 8, 2008 notification that had deferred the process of delimitation in Assam. The petitioner has urged the apex court to defer the delimitation exercise until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

The plea contended that the NRC for Assam is yet to be completed and the delimitation process was earlier deferred in 2008 on the grounds that the 2001 census was outdated. The process of delimitation in Assam, in 2008, had invoked strong opposition in the state, with apprehensions of breakdown of public order.

“Because this exercise has a direct impact on all the citizens of the state of Assam and if an election is held based on a flawed delimitation, it would be very difficult to reverse the damage that it will cause. Because there is no reason for the urgency shown on behalf of the respondents, that although the next census is due, the respondents prefer not to wait for the fresh data but instead insist on relying upon outdated data for delimitation,” said the plea.

The petitioners argued that delimitation is a complex procedure which impacts citizens rights to vote for their preferred candidates for a long time and unless the data is up to date, delimitation of constituencies and redrawing them will cause a large number of voters to be left out. “Delimitation proposed to be carried will change the constituencies and will have an impact on the voting rights and preferences of large number of voters and have great impact on candidates,” said the plea

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