Concerns over non-availability of home collection facility, long waiting time for RT-PCR results; private labs say problems temporary in nature
The city reported 7,456 Covid-19 cases on Thursday and the positivity rate was 12.09 per cent. The highest single-day spike in cases till date in Delhi was 8,593 which was recorded on November 11. On the same day, 85 fatalities were registered.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R K Tiwari said the state government is also considering restrictions on the number of people at weddings and other social programmes.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on November 18 clarified that Delhi government has no intentions of imposing a lockdown and also cited better solutions to curb COVID-19 infections.“Delhi government has no intentions of imposing a lockdown. We believe lockdown is not a solution in the fight against COVID-19. Solution is better hospital management and better medical systems. Delhi government has managed the medical system well and will do it in future too,” said Manish Sisodia.Solution to curb coronavirus is better medical system not lockdown: Manish Sisodia
COVID-19 Vaccine: Will vaccinate entire Delhi in 3-4 weeks whenever it is available, says Satyendar Jain
With several potential COVID vaccines expected to see the light of day in coming months, Delhi Health Minister Satydenar Jain on November 28 said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government will vaccinate the entire population of the national capital within 3-4 weeks after the availability of a shot. COVID-19 Vaccine: Will vaccinate entire Delhi in 3-4 weeks whenever it is available, says Satyendar Jain
Acting tough on the directions of the government to ensure social distancing in public places and markets, authorities on Sunday sealed a market in Nangloi area of the national capital after it was found that the traders there were not following proper Covid protocols laid down by the government.Covid-19: Two markets in Delhi sealed for flouting social distancing norms
The Delhi Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulation, 2020, authorises district magistrates to seal off a geographical area, banning entry and exit of the population from the containment zone and to take any measures directed by the health department to prevent the spread of the disease.
The highest single-day spike of 7,178 new infections came out of the 58,860 tests conducted the previous day, and the positivity rate stood at 12.19 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution, according to a health bulletin.
According to officials, these suggestions were made during discussions with various stakeholders including the NDMA, health authorities, Delhi government and Delhi Police.
According to the home ministry, about 150 ICU beds were added in Delhi over the last three days. The current capacity of 3,652 ICU beds in the city will be further ramped up. At the ITBP’s Covid-19 care centre, more than 500 isolation beds with oxygen facility will be made available by this weekend, it said.
According to a report by AFP, officials in India's capital on November 19 quadrupled the fines dished out for people not wearing face masks as coronavirus cases soared in the megacity, overwhelming hospitals and graveyards even as the government resisted calls for another lockdown.
The Governor, who was in New Delhi, had returned to the city on Friday morning and had got himself tested on Saturday, Raj Bhavan sources said.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 93,09,787 and the death toll climbed to 1,35,715 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 492 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.
On Wednesday, 5,673 new cases of the infection were reported in the daily health bulletin, taking the total number of cases reported so far to 3,70,014 and the death toll to 6,396. The 4,853 cases reported on Tuesday were highest so far.
AAP government had on Thursday directed private hospitals to increase the percentage of non-ICU COVID-19 beds from 50 to 60. It had also ordered 42 private hospitals to reserve with immediate effect 80 percent of their ICU beds for coronavirus patients.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 90,04,365 and the death toll climbed to 1,32,162 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 584 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Kejriwal told the prime minister that Delhi saw the peak of 8,600 coronavirus cases on November 10 during the third wave and since then, the number of cases as well as the positivity rate are steadily decreasing, the sources said.
Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, 99 more fatalities on Wednesday pushed the city's total death toll due to the disease to 8,720. It was after five days that Delhi recorded single-day deaths below 100.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendra Jain are expected to attend a meeting with Amit Shah in the evening.
Speaking to ANI about the rising cases of coronavirus in the national capital on November 26, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, “The positivity rate in Delhi has come down to 8.5% in the last 3 weeks. A vaccine will hopefully soon be out.”Coronavirus in Delhi: Positivity rate down to 8.5% in last 3 weeks, says Satyendar Jain
"COVID-19 cases have been increasing for the last few days. I am also concerned about it. We have been taking all appropriate measures to control it. We are considering taking more steps next week. I think the situation should come under control in 7 to 10 days and the cases should start decreasing," Kejriwal said.
There will be no reimposition of lockdown in Delhi, clarified health minister Satyendar Jain on Monday while adding that the third wave of Covid-19 has passed its peak in the national capital.
A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramanium Prasad said that when Delhi, as city state, was "hands down beating" Maharashtra and Kerala in the number of daily new cases in the past two weeks, what concrete steps have been taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to contain the spread of infection.
According to sources, the number of real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests in the city surpassed the number of rapid antigen tests on Friday. A total of 250 ventilators have been delivered to the DRDO hospital and are being installed.
The court said the situation is "going out of control" in Gujarat. "Things have worsened in Delhi especially in November. You file a status report on what steps have been taken," a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan told Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who was appearing for Delhi government.
As per the order, Delhi government offices, autonomous bodies, public sector undertakings, corporations, local bodies will function with officers of grade-one level or equivalent and above to the extent of 100 per cent.
Novel coronavirus has been claiming nearly four lives in the capital every hour in the past one week. On Sunday, 95 people succumbed to the infection, the third highest single-day toll till date. This month, 1,103 fatalities have been reported in Delhi in the last fortnight, which means 73.5 deaths every day on average for the last 15 days (three deaths in an hour).
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said one of the prime reasons behind the fresh surge in coronavirus cases in Delhi is air pollution, which increases during winters. “The main reason behind the spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi is pollution,” Kejriwal said at an online press conference.Pollution main reason behind surge in Coronavirus cases in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
The survey will be completed within five days and will cover over 57 lakh people in containment zones, dense areas and identified clusters of virus transmission, officials said.
While the govt blames festivals and people’s laxity in adhering to social distancing and other Covid-appropriate behaviour for the surge, doctors and public health experts suggest immediate decisive steps to minimise the spread of the virus.
The Centre said that Delhi government was well aware that the confluence of winter, festival season and pollution were likely to witness a surge in cases and this foreknowledge ought to have led to strict enforcement and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) measures being instituted well in time but this was not done.
Arvind Kejriwal likely to meet home minister Amit Shah next week to discuss Delhi's Covid-19 situation
Kejriwal had on Friday said the AAP government was considering initiating several steps next week to arrest the spread of the viral disease in the city.
Over 660 ICU beds will be added in various Delhi government hospitals in the next few days in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday. Interacting with reporters after visiting GTB Hospital in east Delhi along with city Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the chief minister said, "We had a meeting with doctors at GTB Hospital and they have agreed to add 238 ICU beds in the next two days."Covid-19: 663 ICU beds to be added in Delhi govt hospitals soon, says CM Arvind Kejriwal
Interacting with reporters after visiting GTB Hospital in east Delhi along with city Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the chief minister said, "We had a meeting with doctors at GTB Hospital and they have agreed to add 238 ICU beds in the next two days."
Amid a huge surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi government on Thursday directed all district magistrates (DMs) to take steps to double the number of testing centres in their respective districts immediately.
Of the total deaths recorded so far, 83.80 per cent are from 10 states/UT – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, Union health ministry said.
According to 'Unlock 5' guidelines, states can take a call on reopening schools in phases. Several states had begun the process of reopening schools. However, some of them announced closing of schools again due to rise in coronavirus cases.
8 states, UTs reported 69 per cent of new COVID-19 cases in 24-hr span; tests per million cross 1 lakh
The ministry issued a statement saying "69.04 per cent of the daily new cases of COVID-19 are contributed by eight states/UT i.e. Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh".
While the average daily caseload in the country is sharply down, it is still the world’s second highest, in part because Delhi is the big bad hotspot.
The high court was hearing a plea by the Delhi government urging it to empower it to enforce reservation of 80 per cent of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals at least for 15 days in view of the rise in the number of cases. Delhi recorded its biggest single-day jump of 8,593 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
With 47,905 new COVID-19 infections, India's total cases surged to 86,83,917 on November 12. The total active cases in the country stood at 4,89,294 after a decrease of 5,363 in the last 24 hours. The total cured cases are 80,66,502 with 52,718 new discharges in the last 24 hours. Death toll has mounted to 1,28,121, including 550 new deaths in last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 12,19,62,509 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 11th Nov, of these 11,93,358 samples were tested yesterday. Coronavirus in India: Active cases stand below 5-lakh, over 8 millions recovered
A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah stepped in to rev up the fight against the pandemic in the national capital, several meetings were held on Monday in different wings of the government here for the smooth implementation of his 11 directives.
According to Delhi government data, the total number of coronavirus deaths in the city was 8,512 as on November 23, while the civic bodies claimed they carried out 10,318 funerals following COVID-19 protocols.
The multi-disciplinary teams were set up as per the decisions taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday in view of the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Delhi.
Delhi reported 5,482 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, while 98 more fatalities pushed the city's death toll to 8,909. The positivity rate was 8.51 percent.
COVID: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal orders immediate procurement of 1,200 BiPAP machines for new ICU beds
The city recorded 4,454 fresh COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate of 11.94 per cent on Monday, while 121 more fatalities pushed the death toll due to the disease to 8,512 in the city.
On Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced sweeping measures to tackle the pandemic, including a steep Rs 2,000 fine for not wearing masks, reservation of 80 per cent ICU beds in private hospitals and doubling of testing centres in every district.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday ruled out imposing another lockdown in the national capital saying wearing of masks will help in combating the COVID-19. He also added that the third wave of coronavirus has passed its peak in Delhi. While speaking to media, he said, "The third wave of COVID-19 has passed its peak in Delhi. There will be no reimposition of lockdown in the city. I don't think it will be an effective step now, wearing of masks by everyone will be more beneficial."Third wave of Covid-19 past its peak; no lockdown needed: Delhi Health Minister
Acharya said the results were the same across the US and the UK but what was different in case of India was that incumbency was favoured more strongly.
The minister announced that government rates would apply to the normal, non-ICU beds reserved in private hospitals by the Delhi government for COVID-19 patients.
A mandatory RT-PCR test rule began in Mumbai from November 25 (Wednesday) amid rising cases of coronavirus pandemic. Travellers from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat arrived at Mumbai’s Dadar Railway Station to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test. Covid-19: Mandatory RT-PCR test begins at Mumbai’s Dadar Railway Station
"The numbers, we know, are presently in an alarming state," said Justice Navin Chawla while listing the next hearing on December 9 for further consideration of the matter.
"There was heavy pollution due to stubble-burning amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it came as a double attack. Since the pollution due to stubble-burning is less now, the downtrend in deaths will be there in a few weeks," Jain said.
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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and senior officers of the central government attended the meeting chaired by Shah.
In a Delhi Diaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting after Diwali, the city government may propose staggered timing of markets and other such measures to prevent crowding, sources said.
A BMC analysis of 9,869 deaths in Mumbai shows the highest case fatality rate (CFR)—deaths as a proportion of cases—is among nonagenarians at 18.3%, followed by those 80-89 years old at 17.5%. This is almost four to five times the city’s average death rate of 4%.
Updating on rising coronavirus cases in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, contract tracing has been intensified in national capital. He also said it could be third wave, however, need to wait for a week to be sure. “Yesterday Delhi witnessed 5,673 COVID cases and 40 deaths. 5,665 beds are occupied and 10,100 beds are vacant in the national capital. We are also doing test of COVID positives’ close contacts. Our aim is that no single case is left, that is why the numbers are rising. Contact tracing has also been intensified. Testing has also been increased,” said Satyendar Jain. On being asked about third COVID wave, Jain said, “It is too early to say that Delhi is experiencing the 3rd wave of COVID-19 cases. We must wait for another week in order to definitively say that, but it possible that we're already in that phase.”Coronavirus in Delhi: ‘Could be third wave’, says Satyendar Jain on rise in cases
A post on "how not to wear a mask" also carried pictures of people with their mask dangling by an ear, covering just the nose or resting on the lips.
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The national capital has witnessed a sudden spike in coronavirus cases since October 28 when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11.
Updating on coronavirus situation in national capital as cases surge, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain confirmed 3rd peak and hoped that cases start falling in coming days. “3 times more tests are being done now as compared to last peak. No doubt 3rd peak is here, hope cases fall in next couple of days. 17000 RTPCR tests were conducted during last peak, now we are conducting 3 times the tests,” said Health Minister Jain.Covid-19: ‘3rd peak is here, cases might fall in coming days,’ says Delhi Health Minister
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 19 announced that the penalty for not wearing a mask in public places has been raised to Rs 2000 from the existing Rs 500. Rs 2,000 penalty in Delhi for not wearing mask, rises from Rs 500
As per the order, all COVID-19 hospitals of Delhi government have been allowed to "engage fourth and fifth year MBBS students, interns and BDS doctors to assist duty doctors at an honorarium of Rs 1000 (8 hours shift) and Rs 2000 (12 hours shift) per day".
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Nov 17 appealed to Delhiites to wear masks and follow social distancing. CM Kejriwal said, “I am thankful to Central government for helping Delhi people by increasing 750 ICU beds immediately. All governments and agencies have doubled their efforts to control COVID-19 but it can't be done till people take precautions. With folded hands, I appeal all to wear masks and follow social distancing.”With folded hands, CM Kejriwal urges Delhiites to follow Covid-19 protocols
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 93,92,919 with 41,810 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,36,696 with 496 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 89,12,907 with 38,617 infections being reported in a day while the death toll climbed to 1,30,993 with 474 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The national capital has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases since October 28, when the daily caseload breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and recorded the highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases on November 11.
Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Delhi was testing very less in June at around 5,776 tests per day and that number rose to over 50,000 in September which after that plateaud out and the recent spike of COVID cases may be because many positive cases escaped the net.
Third wave of COVID-19 in Delhi worst so far; cases to come down soon: Health Minister Satyendar Jain
The government has increased the number of beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi, but there is no plan to rope in hotels and banquet halls, the minister said. "The third wave of COVID-19 is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst wave so far. But the cases will come down soon," Jain said.
Sources said that during a meeting held recently in Mumbai it was discussed that steps need to be taken to prevent the spread of infection from people entering Maharashtra from the states that have been witnessing a spike in the number of cases.
Interacting with reporters, he also said that the Delhi government has filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court after the high court did not allow reserving 80 per cent ICU beds for COVID-19 patients at several private hospitals here.
Seventy-seven percent of these new cases of COVID-19 are from 10 states and union territories - Delhi, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The national capital has witnessed a surge in cases since October 28, when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time, and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11. On Wednesday, the tally in Delhi rose to over 5 lakh with 7,486 fresh cases reported, while 131 new fatalities, the highest single-day death count , took the toll to 7,943.
The decision came after Union home minister Amit Shah met health minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday, in an urgently convened interaction.
"A total of 1,300 ICU beds and 2,000 non-ICU beds for COVID-19 patients have been added in Delhi in the past two weeks, with the maximum 232 ICU beds in GTB Hospital. In Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, 200 ICU beds have been added in the same period," the official said.
The union home secretary will review the COVID-19 situation in Delhi on Monday as part of the regular review of all Union Territories on a rotational basis, a home ministry official said.
The high court dismissed a petition challenging the order of chairman of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) not to allow any gathering in public places for Chhath Puja on November 20.
The high court was hearing a plea by the Delhi government urging it to empower it to enforce reservation of 80 per cent of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals at least for 15 days in view of the rise in the number of cases.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to review the preparedness along with a need for advanced planning to deal with the spread of coronavirus.
Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain said this will provide a much-needed respite to patients struggling to find beds. But experts said the government should have engaged with the private sector in order to arrive at an amicable solution.
The winter session of parliament usually starts from the last week of November or the first week of December, while the budget session starts from the last week of January and the Union Budget is tabled on February 1.
For the second day in a row, the number of active COVID-19 cases remained below 9 lakh. There are 8,83,185 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which make 12.65 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The COVID-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.54 per cent.
Modi will first meet the CMs of the high-concern states with the highest number of cases and deaths now, followed by another meeting with the CMs of other states.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during a press conference on October 28 informed that schools in national capital will remain closed until further notice in view of COVID spread. “There is a scope of COVID spread if schools are permitted to open. Thus, in view of coronavirus situation, all schools in Delhi to remain close,” said Manish Sisodia. Delhi schools to remain shut until further notice in view of COVID-19 spread: Manish Sisodia
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, addressing a lecture hosted by the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA), a Kathmandu-based non-partisan foreign policy think-tank, said that India is "on the cusp of the availability of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus".
After inaugurating a PWD project to strengthen Rohtak Road in Mundka, he urged people to properly wear face masks as it's the best protection against COVID-19.
The states that are witnessing new spikes include Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Third wave of COVID-19 has started in national capital, informed Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain while updating press on coronavirus situation. “About 6,800 beds are occupied in Delhi due to COVID-19 while 9,000 are available. We can call this the 3rd wave of COVID cases here but we have focused on aggressive testing in the last 15 days so the spike can be attributed to that too,” said Satyendar Jain.‘Third wave of Covid is here’: Delhi Health Minister
These fresh cases came out of the 54,893 tests conducted on Saturday, including 23,433 RT-PCR tests, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.
The Union health ministry has formed 10 teams, which include experts on hospital administration and community health, to visit major hospitals in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) and take stock of bed availability and other issues.
This was the first interaction between the two leaders after Democrat Biden defeated incumbent president Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
Delhi government to hold 'Laxmi Puja' this Diwali; Kejriwal asks Delhiites to join it from their homes
The chief minister said that at present, Delhi has been facing two issues -- the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising air pollution -- and added that the AAP government is making all efforts to deal with the situation.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29.
The police had on Tuesday said legal action would be taken against the protesting farmers if they come to the city for any gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
After showing an upward trend for three days in a row, the active COVID-19 caseload decreased to 4,54,940, remaining below 5 lakh for the 18th consecutive day. It comprisesÂ 4.87Â per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
Delhi: COVID-19 patients perform yoga organised by Indo-Tibetan Border Police at ITBP-run Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre & Hospital, Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur. More than 1200 patients are admitted here currently & 5500 patients have been discharged so far.Watch: Coronavirus patients perform yoga at COVID Care Centre in Delhi
This is the first time any state in the country claimed to have reached the second wave of the pandemic. The total number of cases in Maharashtra, which has reported the highest Covid-19 case load, is 12,63,799 cases. Delhi stands at the fifth spot with 2,56,789 cases.
"Isolation facilities for symptomatic persons and quarantine facilities for those who were in contact with the positively tested persons should be there on campus or a tie-up may be made in advance with some government hospital or approved premises or as advised by the local authorities so that, in case of necessity, prompt action may be taken."
The current active COVID-19 caseload of the country stands at 4,53,956, which comprises 4.83 per cent of the total coronavirus infections reported so far.