Terming the current wave in the national capital "very dangerous", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday informed that Delhi has reported 13,500 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. "As per the data of last 10-15 days, 65 per cent of the patients are below 45 years of age. Your health and life is very important to us. So, I would like to appeal to the youth to step out of the house only when it is necessary and follow all COVID protocols strictly," said Kejriwal. He further requested those above 45 years of age to get vaccinated, adding that government hospitals in Delhi are providing COVID-19 vaccines free of cost.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to cancel the CBSE board examinations amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital. "6 lakh children in Delhi are going to write CBSE exams. Nearly 1 lakh teachers will be a part of it. These can become major hotspots leading to large-scale spreading of Corona. Children's lives & health is very important to us. I request Centre to cancel CBSE exams," said Kejriwal. "Some alternative methods could be thought of. Children can be promoted this time on the basis of either an online method or internal assessment. But CBSE exams should be cancelled," added the Delhi Chief Minister. Watch the full video for more.
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Amid surging COVID-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed that around 65% of the total COVID-19 patients are below 45 years of age. He appealed to youths to step out only when it is necessary following all COVID protocols. 'This wave is very dangerous and youth, children are getting affected the most. As per the data of last 10-15 days, around 65% of the total COVID patients are below 45 years. Therefore I would like to appeal to the youth to step out only when necessary following all COVID protocols,' said CM Kejriwal during a press conference on April 13.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to cancel the upcoming CBSE examinations in order to curb the widespread of COVID-19. Sharing figures of national capital, CM Arvind Kejriwal informed that alone in Delhi, around 6 lakh aspirants are going to write the CBSE exams and nearly 1 lakh teachers will be involved for conducting it which might make it a breeding ground for dreadful virus. CM Kejriwal said, '6 lakh children in Delhi are going to write CBSE exams. Nearly 1 lakh teachers will be a part of it. These can become major hotspots leading to large-scale spreading of Corona. Children's lives and health is very important to us. I request Centre to cancel CBSE exams.'
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government will be left with no option but to impose lockdown if the condition in hospitals worsens. "Delhi government is not in favour of lockdown, but we will be left with no options if the situation worsens in hospitals," Kejriwal said at a press conference. He urged people to check the availability of beds on the government's app before going to hospitals. "Occupy beds only if there is an emergency," he appealed to the citizens. The Delhi CM also urged the Centre to free the vaccination drive in the country from various restrictions. Watch the full video for more.
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan hit out at state governments seeking widening of the Covid-19 vaccine net amid a surge in infections. He accused governments of states like Maharashtra and Delhi of playing politics, instead of administering vaccines comprehensively among people currently eligible. He also dismissed claims of vaccine shortage by Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had recently written to PM Narendra Modi seeking expansion of vaccine net to include those aged 25 and above in order to cover the 'young, working' population. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had a similar demand. The Aam Aadmi Party also questioned the central govt's move to export vaccines. Watch the full video for more.
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COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the country. The migrant workers began to return to their native places from Surat due to surge in COVID cases. A migrant worker said, "People are going home because they fear lockdown could be imposed once again. And they want to avoid the pain they endured during the lockdown last year." Migrant workers were seen at large number at bus depot to leave the city.
BJP's Surat unit distributed Remdesivir injections free of cost to relatives of needy COVID-19 patients on April 10. A long queue of people was seen outside the BJP office to get the injections. MLA from Udhna, Vivek Patel said, "We're giving free injections to the needy in line with state BJP chief CR Patil's announcement to distribute 5,000 Remdesivir injections." Remdesivir is considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against COVID-19 especially in adult patients with severe complications.
As COVID infections across the country are on surge, a Surat-based company has launched free week-long COVID-19 vaccination drive for its employees. Company director informed that they have made certain rules to encourage vaccination. He said, "They either have to take vaccine/get tested after every 3 days else won't be allowed to work. Hopefully, it will encourage all to get vaccinated." So far 62,30,249 beneficiaries have received the first dose of COVID vaccination and 7,64,347 have got the second dose. 2,815 new cases were reported in Gujarat on April 03 taking the COVID caseload of state to 13,298.
While addressing a joint press conference in the national capital on March 24, the Secretary the Union Health ministry, Rajesh Bhushan, spoke about the two states of India which are of grave concern in terms of recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Bhushan said, "Two states are of grave concern that have shown a recent surge in cases-Maharashtra, that reported more than 28,000 cases in the last 24 hours and Punjab, that is reporting huge number of cases in proportion to its population." "Besides them, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are of concern too. Gujarat reporting around 1,700 cases daily and MP around 1500 cases. Most cases in Gujarat concentrated in Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. In MP, it is concentrated in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Betul," he added.
A major fire broke in a slum area on the night of April 14 in Paschim Puri's Shaheed Bhagat Singh camp located in West Delhi. Fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse massive flames. No casualties have been reported so far. Further details are awaited.
COVID-19 cases continued to surge in the country and the preparations are underway at Delhi airport to fight the 2nd wave. Delhi Airport CEO, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said, "Air travel is still the safest. Passengers have to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. To measure effectiveness of sanitisation of different surfaces, we have a machine called 'Luminometer', it measures the amount of ATP (an enzyme found in any living matter) on any surface. If virus/bacteria load on a surface is high it'll show up. We've ensured that the double-filtered fresh air is introduced inside the Terminal-3 every 10 minutes. Disinfection of surfaces is being done using UV technology." The COVID-19 precautionary measures were followed at the airport. Passengers followed social distancing, wore masks to combat spread of the virus.
Fire broke out in slums in national capital's Jamia Nagar area on April 14. Five fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the furious flames. After hours of efforts, firemen succeeded in controlling the fire. Cooling operation is underway. No casualties have been reported.
As the country is reeling under the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, long queue of ambulances seen outside 1200-beded Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. Oxygen is being administered to patients in the ambulance only. On March 12, state reported 6,021 new infections and 55 deaths. Currently, Gujarat has over 30,000 actives cases of coronavirus, out of which 7,165 are in Ahmedabad alone. Gujarat is among the 10 worst-affected states in India due to pandemic.
Gujarat's Vadodara administration has made a unique punishment for the people who violate COVID norms. If a person found violating the norms, administration clapped for them and garlanded them. Gujarat has reported over 4,500 cases on April 10.
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