Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE: PWD told to install CCTV in Covid-19 wards

People at Select Citywalk after the authorities permitted to reopen malls, in New Delhi on Monday/Photo: Dalip Kumar
Delhi coronavirus LIVE updates: Delhi recorded its highest single-day spike of 2,224 in coronavirus cases on Monday, taking its total to 41,182. In the past 7 days alone, the national capital has added 13,528 cases, or 33% of all its cases. While 15,823 patients have recovered, 1,327 have died so far. Today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is holding an all-party meeting to review the management of Covid-19 situation in Delhi.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that there was no plan for another lockdown in Delhi even as the number of novel coronavirus cases continue to spurt.

Unable to keep up with the rising number of coronavirus cases, the Delhi government had earlier asked the Indian Railways to allocate isolation coaches for Covid-19 patients of the national capital. At least, 500 railway coaches, with a combined capacity of 8,000 beds, have been allocated to Delhi. Private hospitals, too, have been told to earmark 60 per cent of beds for Covid-19 patients at lower rates.

The Arvind Kejirwal-led Delhi government has estimated that the city could witnessed around 550,000 cases by the end of July.

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10:51 PM IST As Delhi prepares to ramp up testing for the coronavirus infection, Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said laboratory facilities under the Centre in the national capital are being extended to the city government, while all labs and hospitals have been directed to work on their full potential to step up testing.   The Delhi government is likely to use rapid antigen kits for testing in containment zones and healthcare settings from June 20, officials said.   The move comes after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advocated the use of rapid antigen test kits for diagnosis of Covid-19 in containment zones and healthcare settings in combination with the RT-PCR test.   Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah met leaders of various political parties in the national capital.

10:40 PM IST A crucial meeting of the Delhi Diaster Management Authority to discuss capping private hospital and ambulance charges amidst allegations of exorbitant cost of Covid-19 treatment has been postponed, officials said on Monday.   Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the DDMA chairman, had called the meeting on Tuesday (June 16) to discuss several important issues such as setting up of large makeshift hospitals, reduction in testing charges by private labs, and empowerment of resident welfare associations (RWA) by providing oxymeters and oxygen cylinders to deal with the pandemic.   "The DDMA meeting, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, has been postponed. A new date will be decided later this week," an official said.  

9:00 PM IST The railways have decided to provide isolation coaches in Delhi amidst an increase in the spread of coronavirus infections in the national capital, officials said on Monday. On the instructions of the Railway Board, the North Western Railway (NWR), which is headquartered in Jaipur, will be sending 150 such coaches to Delhi, the officials said.   According to Chief PRO (NWR) Abhay Sharma, NWR has converted 266 coaches as isolation coaches keeping in view the spike in coronavirus cases at its different divisions in pursuance of the directions from the Board. The Railway Board has taken the initiative on the recommendation of the Delhi government, the NWR spokesperson said.   Of these, Ajmer division has converted 85 coaches, Jodhpur division 83 coaches, Bikaner division 50 coaches and Jaipur division 48 coaches into isolation coaches," he said. Apart from the first batch of 150 coaches that are being sent to Delhi, the remaining coaches will be sent as per requirement in future.

8:53 PM IST Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in Covid-19 wards of every designated hospital in the national capital for proper monitoring, and alternative canteens for uninterrupted supply of food to the patients.   After paying a surprise visit to the Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital here to review arrangements related to Covid-19, Shah also suggested psychosocial counselling of doctors and nurses engaged in the service of humanity through fight against coronavirus.   The home minister directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in Covid-19 wards of every coronavirus-designated hospital, so that there is proper monitoring and problems of patients can be resolved, a home ministry statement said.

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8:36 PM IST The Delhi government on Monday issued a slew of guidelines for government and private labs after the Central Government's decision to ramp up testing in the city.   Delhi has the third-highest Covid-19 count after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The capital's tally of coronavirus infections has touched 41,182 as the number of deaths due to the disease climbed to 1,327. The AAP government ordered all laboratories to work with full potential and increase testing capacity so that demand can be met. The city government further directed that no samples should be taken without RT-PCR and that they should be taken by strictly following the ICMR guidelines.   There is no limit on the maximum number of samples that can be sent for testing in private labs, they said, adding that the labs will have to give results in 24-48 hours. There are a total of 42 labs to test the corona samples in Delhi, out of which 18 are government labs and 24 private ones. Home Minister Amit Shah had on Monday chaired an all-party meeting in the wake of a spurt in novel coronavirus cases in the national capital.

8:14 PM IST In a rather bizarre move, the Delhi unit of the BJP has decided to start distributing 'Kadha' (a liquid made of herbal extracts) among residents of Delhi to fight Covid-19.   "Delhi BJP has started a campaign to distribute the decoction to the needy, so that people can be protected from coronavirus by boosting their immunity," said the Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Kumar Gupta on Monday.   He added that BJP cadres will distribute as much as 10 lakh bottles of 'kadha' along with sanitizers and face masks. He announced that the Delhi BJP has also created a team of doctors that will work as a help desk and advise people. Meanwhile, cadres will carry on the campaign with social distancing norms, said Gupta.   Earlier in the day, Gupta said that he demanded that rates in private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients be fixed, during the all party meeting called by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who seems to have taken charge to salvage the rising corona tally in the national capital.

7:51 PM IST Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah on Monday directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in coronavirus wards of every Covid-19 hospital.   "Amit Shah directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in Corona wards of every Corona hospital, so that there is proper monitoring and problems of patients can also be resolved," a government release said.   The minister also visited Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital to review arrangements related to Covid-19. He directed the Delhi Chief Secretary that back-ups for canteens supplying food should also be established so that in case there is an infection in one canteen, patients can continue to get food without disruption.   "We told the Home Minister in detail about the facilities at the hospital. He was very happy with our work and appreciated our staff," said Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Delhi's LNJP Hospital.

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Delhi looks at stepping up testing

As Delhi prepares to ramp up testing for the coronavirus infection, Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said laboratory facilities under the Centre in the national capital are being extended to the city government, while all labs and hospitals have been directed to work on their full potential to step up testing.
 

The Delhi government is likely to use rapid antigen kits for testing in containment zones and healthcare settings from June 20, officials said.
 

The move comes after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advocated the use of rapid antigen test kits for diagnosis of Covid-19 in containment zones and healthcare settings in combination with the RT-PCR test.
 

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah met leaders of various political parties in the national capital.

DDMA's meeting to discuss capping hospital charges postponed

A crucial meeting of the Delhi Diaster Management Authority to discuss capping private hospital and ambulance charges amidst allegations of exorbitant cost of Covid-19 treatment has been postponed, officials said on Monday.
 
Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the DDMA chairman, had called the meeting on Tuesday (June 16) to discuss several important issues such as setting up of large makeshift hospitals, reduction in testing charges by private labs, and empowerment of resident welfare associations (RWA) by providing oxymeters and oxygen cylinders to deal with the pandemic.
 
"The DDMA meeting, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, has been postponed. A new date will be decided later this week," an official said.
 

Amid spike in Covid-19 cases, North Western Railway to rush 150 isolation coaches to Delhi

The railways have decided to provide isolation coaches in Delhi amidst an increase in the spread of coronavirus infections in the national capital, officials said on Monday. On the instructions of the Railway Board, the North Western Railway (NWR), which is headquartered in Jaipur, will be sending 150 such coaches to Delhi, the officials said.
 
According to Chief PRO (NWR) Abhay Sharma, NWR has converted 266 coaches as isolation coaches keeping in view the spike in coronavirus cases at its different divisions in pursuance of the directions from the Board. The Railway Board has taken the initiative on the recommendation of the Delhi government, the NWR spokesperson said.
 
Of these, Ajmer division has converted 85 coaches, Jodhpur division 83 coaches, Bikaner division 50 coaches and Jaipur division 48 coaches into isolation coaches," he said. Apart from the first batch of 150 coaches that are being sent to Delhi, the remaining coaches will be sent as per requirement in future.

Amit Shah visits LNJP hospital; orders CCTV in Covid-19 wards of all designated hospitals

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in Covid-19 wards of every designated hospital in the national capital for proper monitoring, and alternative canteens for uninterrupted supply of food to the patients.
 
After paying a surprise visit to the Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital here to review arrangements related to Covid-19, Shah also suggested psychosocial counselling of doctors and nurses engaged in the service of humanity through fight against coronavirus.
 
The home minister directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in Covid-19 wards of every coronavirus-designated hospital, so that there is proper monitoring and problems of patients can be resolved, a home ministry statement said.

Modi govt will leave no stone unturned to help people in need: Amit Shah after visiting LNJP hospital in Delhi


Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt orders labs to ramp up Covid-19 testing to meet demand

The Delhi government on Monday issued a slew of guidelines for government and private labs after the Central Government's decision to ramp up testing in the city.
 
Delhi has the third-highest Covid-19 count after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The capital's tally of coronavirus infections has touched 41,182 as the number of deaths due to the disease climbed to 1,327. The AAP government ordered all laboratories to work with full potential and increase testing capacity so that demand can be met. The city government further directed that no samples should be taken without RT-PCR and that they should be taken by strictly following the ICMR guidelines.
 
There is no limit on the maximum number of samples that can be sent for testing in private labs, they said, adding that the labs will have to give results in 24-48 hours. There are a total of 42 labs to test the corona samples in Delhi, out of which 18 are government labs and 24 private ones. Home Minister Amit Shah had on Monday chaired an all-party meeting in the wake of a spurt in novel coronavirus cases in the national capital.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Delhi BJP to distribute 'kadha' to fight Covid-19

In a rather bizarre move, the Delhi unit of the BJP has decided to start distributing 'Kadha' (a liquid made of herbal extracts) among residents of Delhi to fight Covid-19.
 
"Delhi BJP has started a campaign to distribute the decoction to the needy, so that people can be protected from coronavirus by boosting their immunity," said the Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Kumar Gupta on Monday.
 
He added that BJP cadres will distribute as much as 10 lakh bottles of 'kadha' along with sanitizers and face masks. He announced that the Delhi BJP has also created a team of doctors that will work as a help desk and advise people. Meanwhile, cadres will carry on the campaign with social distancing norms, said Gupta.
 
Earlier in the day, Gupta said that he demanded that rates in private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients be fixed, during the all party meeting called by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who seems to have taken charge to salvage the rising corona tally in the national capital.

Coronavirus LIVE: Amit Shah directs Delhi Chief Secy to install CCTV cameras in coronavirus wards

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah on Monday directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in coronavirus wards of every Covid-19 hospital.
 
"Amit Shah directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in Corona wards of every Corona hospital, so that there is proper monitoring and problems of patients can also be resolved," a government release said.
 
The minister also visited Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital to review arrangements related to Covid-19. He directed the Delhi Chief Secretary that back-ups for canteens supplying food should also be established so that in case there is an infection in one canteen, patients can continue to get food without disruption.
 
"We told the Home Minister in detail about the facilities at the hospital. He was very happy with our work and appreciated our staff," said Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Delhi's LNJP Hospital.

Home Minister Amit Shah paid surprise visit to Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan Hospital in New Delhi

Delhi BJP, AAP to fight Covid-19 together after Amit Shah meeting; Congress slams them for rising cases

After a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday, Delhi's ruling AAP and the main opposition BJP said Covid-19 needs to be fought keeping political differences aside, while the Congress hit out at the Centre and the Delhi government for pandemic surge in the city. Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta and AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh sharing details of the meeting said testing will be increased to 18,000 per day from June 20.
 
Singh said it was decided in the meeting that politics should be kept away in fighting the pandemic. He said increasing number of hospital beds for coronavirus patients was also discussed in the meeting. Gupta said a Central team will give a report on capping private hospital charges after which action will be taken to control arbitrary rates charged by them. The party also demanded halving the lab test charges for Covid-19, he said.
 
"In this hour of crisis, we should fight against the pandemic together instead of trading charges," the Delhi BJP chief said after the meeting.

Delhi BJP, AAP to fight Covid-19 together after Shah meeting; Cong slams them for case surge

After a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday, Delhi's ruling AAP and the main opposition BJP said Covid-19 needs to be fought keeping political differences aside, while the Congress hit out at the Centre and the Delhi government for pandemic surge in the city. Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta and AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh sharing details of the meeting said testing will be increased to 18,000 per day from June 20.
 
Singh said it was decided in the meeting that politics should be kept away in fighting the pandemic. He said increasing number of hospital beds for coronavirus patients was also discussed in the meeting. Gupta said a Central team will give a report on capping private hospital charges after which action will be taken to control arbitrary rates charged by them. The party also demanded halving the lab test charges for Covid-19, he said.
 
"In this hour of crisis, we should fight against the pandemic together instead of trading charges," the Delhi BJP chief said after the meeting.

Amit Shah asked Delhi's LNJP Hospital to focus on work and not pay heed to negative reports: AAP MP

Centre will take all necessary steps to check Covid-19 spread in Delhi: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that the central government will take all necessary steps to check the spread of Covid-19 in Delhi.
 
Chairing a meeting of all political parties in Delhi on the Covid-19 situation, the minister said, We all have to stand united under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the fight against the pandemic." The Union Home Minister directed the Centre, Delhi government and all three Municipal Corporations of Delhi to ensure proper implementation of the decisions including house-to-house survey and coronavirus testing to the lowest level.
 
"The main aim of this meeting is to win the fight against coronavirus with mutual coordination. We have to turn the country and the national capital corona free, healthy and prosperous at the earliest under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will be possible with the cooperation and coordination of all concerned," Shah said.
 
The Home Minister asked the Delhi government, all three mayors and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi to work together and implement the decisions taken in this morning's meeting, according to an official release by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Delhi govt reversed multiple decisions during Covid-19 pandemic after facing flak

From rescinding its directive to convert small and medium nursing homes into dedicated Covid-19 facilities to withdrawing its order on "indiscriminately" sending doctors and other medical workers in quarantine, the Delhi government has reversed its own instructions during the pandemic, much after facing flak from the medical community.
 
On June 14, the city government withdrew its order to convert small and medium nursing homes into dedicated Covid-19 facilities.
 
This was not the only order that the AAP government had to withdraw. However, the reversal of the decision came after intense criticism from the Delhi Medical Association (DMA), which said the move will harm the healthcare needs of non-Covid-19 patients. According to a new order issued by the Delhi government on Sunday, the decision to declare nursing homes as Covid facilities was "withdrawn with immediate effect".

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt asks labs to increase their Covid-19 testing capacity

The Delhi Government on Monday issued an order to private and government laboratories, asking them to work with their full capacity and increase their COVID-19 testing capacity.
 
As per the order, private labs will have to give results within 48 hours. Samples will be collected based on ICMR guidelines and no sample will be collected without RT-PCR App. There are 42 labs in Delhi including 18 government and 24 private. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, along with Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, chaired a meeting on Sunday in which Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were present.
 
Shah announced a series of measures to tackle the disease in the national capital including increasing testing three times in six days, providing 500 converted rail coaches to add 8,000 beds and steps for the availability of 60 per cent coronavirus beds in private hospitals at lower rates.

HC notice to Delhi govt on plea challenging circular suspending legal consultation of inmates

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to Delhi government on a plea seeking quashing of a circular dated March 25 suspending legal consultation of the inmates with advocates of their choice in Delhi prison in view of Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The petition, filed by lawyer Ajit P Singh through advocate Lav Kumar Agrawal, is seeking to allow legal interviews between jail inmates with the advocates of their choice. A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan asked Delhi government to file a reply on the petition and listed the matter for hearing on June 29.
 
The petitioner submitted that the circular issued by the Director-General (Prison), who is working under the respondent government, has violated Article 21 of the Constitution of India by not allowing the inmates of Delhi Prison to take legal advice and consultations by way of personal meetings and peruse their cases by way of Advocate of their choice.

Centre providing 500 isolation coaches to Delhi govt, says CPRO Northern Railway

In a bid to combat Covid-19, the Central government is providing a total of 500 isolation coaches to Delhi Government, said Northern Railway CPRO Deepak Kumar on Monday.
 
"Central government is providing 500 isolation coaches to Delhi government to help in the fight against Covid-19. A total of 50 coaches have already been deployed at Shakur Basti containing 900 beds. Around 180 coaches will be placed at Anand Vihar and some at another station by tomorrow," Kumar told ANI. "By tomorrow, 250 coaches will be in place. The remaining 250 coaches will be deployed quickly after identifying the areas in a joint survey by the Delhi government and Railways," he added.
 
Meanwhile, train services have been suspended from today at Anand Vihar railway station as all of its platforms have been reserved for the deployment of isolation coaches for coronavirus patients.
 
According to a Railways official, all five trains running from Anand Vihar station in east Delhi will now operate from Old Delhi Railway Station.

Amit Shah visits LNJP Hospital, holds meeting with officials to review coronavirus preparedness

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday afternoon visited Lok Nayak Jaiprakash (LNJP) Hospital and interacted with the management.
 
The minister reached LNJP Hospital after holding an all-party meeting over COVID-19 situation in Delhi. The hospital administration briefed the Home Minister about the number of patients they have handled in the fight against COVID -19 and surgeries and deliveries done. Amit Shah also enquired about the number of patients the hospital has received and how many of them recovered and succumbed to death.
 
He also asked about the number of people who were from Delhi and from other parts of the country who got treatment at the hospital. The hospital administration gave Shah details sought by him. They claimed that 97 per cent of COVID-19 patients went back home after getting treatment. At the all-party meeting, Shah appealed to workers of all political parties to ensure that decisions taken by the Central Government in the interest of the residents of Delhi are implemented in the earnest at the ground level.

We have to improve Covid-19 testing capacity with newer techniques: Home Minister Amit Shah

Gear up for more Covid-19 testing, process samples within 48 hours: Delhi govt to labs, hospitals

The Delhi government has directed all laboratories and hospitals to work on their full potential and ramp up COVID-19 testing capacity to meet the increased demand of processing samples. In an order issued on Sunday, Health Secretary Padmini Singla also called for processing the samples within a maximum of 48 hours.
 
"It has been decided to scale up lab testing immediately to effectively contain COVID-19 cases in Delhi. There is no upper limit to send samples to private sector labs, provided they undertake to process the same within the stipulated time frame, that is 24 hours (preferably) and maximum within 48 hours," the order said.
 
It also directed public and private sector laboratories "to work on their full potential and also further ramp up their testing capacity on priority to meet the increased demand of processing".

Amit Shah appeals to all Delhi political parties to urge workers to ensure Delhi govt Covid-19 guidelines implemented on ground

I appeal to workers of all political parties to ensure that decisions taken by the Central Government in the interest of the residents of Delhi are implemented in earnest at the ground level: Home Minister Amit Shah after an all-party meeting on the Covid-19 situation in Delhi.

Three days institutional quarantine for those coming to Karnataka from Chennai and Delhi: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said those coming to the state from Chennai and Delhi will have to undergo three days of institutional quarantine followed by 11 days of home isolation. Up till now a seven-day institutional quarantine was prescribed for those returning from Maharashtra, while there was no mandatory institutional quarantine for asymptomatic people returning to Karnataka from other states.
 
Those returning from states other than Maharashtra were asked to quarantine themselves at home.
 
"Those coming from Maharashtra are subjected to seven days of institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine, while those coming from Chennai and Delhi will have to go for three days of institutional quarantine and eleven days of home quarantine," Yediyurappa said.

Home Minister Amit Shah visits Delhi's LNJP hospital to review Covid-19 preparedness

Home Minister Amit Shah at Delhi's LNJP hospital to review preparedness related to coronavirus

Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday visited the LNJP hospital here to review the preparedness to fight Covid-19, officials said.
 
He met senior doctors in the conference room of the hospital who briefed him about the number of patients treated at the facility, deaths there and admissions from outside Delhi, among others,
 
Shah asked about the deaths of Covid-19 patients in the hospital, recovery rate and other details, they said.

Home Minister Amit Shah at Delhi's LNJP hospital to review preparedness related to coronavirus

NATHEALTH urges Delhi govt to mandate hospitals topublish Covid-19 treatment charges

Apex healthcare industry body NATHEALTH on Monday said it has urged the Delhi government to mandate the hospitals to publish their treatment charges for Covid-19.
 
In a representation to DelhiHealth MinisterSatyendar Kumar Jain on 'Covid Package Pricing', NATHEALTHalso recommended the appointment of an ombudsman at zonal level to inspect the complaints of overcharging. The representation highlights the unprecedented challenges being faced by private healthcare providers in Covid-19 treatment, it added.
 
"Pricing is a factor of quality of infrastructure, level of services, medical protocol followed, brands of medicines used, skill and salaries of doctors and staff and more importantly the medical outcomes," NATHEALTH said.

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi HC declines to entertain plea seeking waiver of traffic challans to doctors

The Delhi High Court Monday declined to entertain a plea by a doctors' association seeking waiving of the e-challans issued against "all corona warriors", including healthcare workers, during first two phases of the Covid-19 lockdown.
 
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan asked the association to make a representation to the traffic police with regard to its prayers for formulation of guidelines on display of speed limit signboards and immediate intimation of violation to the violator, Delhi government additional standing counsel Santosh Tripathi said.
 
The bench stated that as and when such a representation is made, the authorities concerned will decide on it in accordance with the law and rules and as expeditiously as possible and practicable, he said.

Bury differences, join hands to battle Covid-19 in Delhi: Amit Shah tells all-party meet

All political parties in Delhi should forget their differences and join hands in the Covid-19 battle of the national capital, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday after chairing an all-party meet. Leaders of the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party, the Congress and the BSP attended the meeting.
 
Shah appealed to the four parties to ask their workers to help in ensuring the ground implementation of the Delhi government's coronavirus guidelines. These steps will enhance public trust and the Covid-19 situation in Delhi will improve soon, Shah said. All parties should forget their political differences and work together for the people of Delhi, he said after the meeting.
 
We will have to increase Covid-19 testing in Delhi by adopting new solutions, the home minister said. The meeting was held in the wake of a spurt in novel coronavirus cases in Delhi. Shah also apprised the leaders of the steps taken to check the coronavirus pandemic and sought their views on the issue, a home ministry official said. The deadly virus has infected over 41,000 in the national capital so far and claimed more than 1,300 lives.

United face of all political parties will enhance people's trust and Covid-19 situation in Delhi will be soon normal: Amit Shah


Central govt providing 500 isolation coaches to Delhi govt: CPRO Northern Railways

Centre, Delhi govt to work together to combat Covid-19 crisis: Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said that yesterday's meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah was fruitful and added that the Centre and Delhi government have resolved to work together to combat the coronavirus crisis.
 
"Yesterday's meeting was fruitful. The Central and Delhi government will work together to combat the coronavirus crisis. In testing facilities, there were some lapses on the part of the Centre. They are extending facilities to us. These lapses will be removed and testing will increase," Jain told reporters here.
 
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had on Sunday chaired two meetings on coronavirus situation in the national capital along with Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in which Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were present.

Coronavirus LIVE: HC notice to Delhi govt on Ganga Ram Hospital's plea seeking quashing of FIR

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to Delhi government on a petition moved by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital seeking quashing of an FIR filed against it by Delhi Police for allegedly violating Covid-19 norms.
 
A bench of Justice C Harishankar issued the notice to the respondent on the plea, which also challenged Delhi government's June 3 order prohibiting the hospital from conducting Covid-19 test through the RT/PCR app, and slated the matter for further hearing on August 11. An interim application was also moved by the hospital seeking a stay on the proceedings of the FIR, on which hearing will be held tomorrow.
 
The plea said that the present FIR is nothing but a gross and patent abuse of process of law and is liable to be quashed to secure the ends of justice.

Delhi govt asks private and govt labs to increase coronavirus testing, give results within 48 hours

Delhi government issued an order to private and government laboratories, asking them to work with their full capacity and increase their coronavirus testing capacity. As per the order, private labs will have to give results within 48 hours.
 

Covid-19 LIVE update: No plan for another lockdown in Delhi, says Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that there was no plan for another lockdown in Delhi even as the number of novel coronavirus cases continue to spurt.
 
"Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi in being planned. There are no such plans," Kejriwal tweeted.
 
It comes a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah held meetings with Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and three mayors to discuss the strategy to deal with the COVID-19 situation. On Sunday, Delhi recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,224 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 41,000, while the death toll mounted to 1,327.

Number of Covid-19 tests to be increased to 18,000 per day in Delhi from June 20

The ruling AAP and main opposition BJP in Delhi on Monday said the battle against Covid-19 needs to be fought keeping political differences aside, while informing that the number of coronavirus tests will be increased to 18,000 per day in the city from June 20, even as the Congress hit out at the Centre and the Delhi government for the surge in the number of cases in the national capital.
 
After a meeting held by Union Home Minister Amit Shah with the leaders of all political parties of the national capital, Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta and AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said the number of Covid-19 tests will be increased to 18,000 per day in the city from June 20. Singh said it was decided at the meeting that politics should be kept away in the battle against the pandemic, adding that increasing the number of beds in hospitals for coronavirus patients was also discussed.
 
Gupta said a central team will give a report on capping of charges in private hospitals, after which action will be taken to control the "arbitrary" rates charged by such facilities.
 
Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar said he raised the issue of surging numbers of Covid-19 patients in Delhi while holding the BJP-ruled Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi responsible for it. He also demanded universal testing for Covid-19 and deploying final-year medical students in the battle against the deadly coronavirus.

No plans for another lockdown in Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi is being planned. There are no such plans: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

HC seeks AAP govt stand on NGO's offer to cremate those who die of Covid-19

The Delhi High Court Monday sought response of the AAP government on a plea by an NGO, which operates green crematoriums in Delhi, offering its facilities to cremate the bodies of those who have died of Covid-19. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its stand on the NGO's plea by June 29.
 
The bench also gave the Delhi government time till June 29 to file an updated status report in the PIL initiated by the court on its own after coming across news reports about the lack of facilities to cremate those who have died of Covid-19 and that such bodies were piling up in the mortuaries.
 
An anguished high court had said if this was the correct situation then it was "highly dissatisfactory and violative of the rights of the dead". Apart from the NGO's plea, the bench also took up another petition filed by a lawyer, seeking contempt action against the AAP government and medical director of LNJP Hospital for not adhering to the undertaking given to high court on handling of bodies of Covid-19 patients.

Treat as representation plea to waive e-challans against Covid-19 warriors: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court on Monday disposed of a PIL seeking directions to Traffic Police to waive e-challans issued against coronavirus warriors, including practicing doctors during the first two phases of lockdown, with a direction to authorities concerned to treat the plea as representation and decide on it in accordance with the law. A division bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, while disposing of the plea, directed Delhi Traffic Police to consider the petition as per rule and law.
 
The PIL, filed by Indian Medical Association (Dwarka) through advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi, sought directions to the respondents for immediately waiving off the penalties imposed in respect of the various alleged traffic violations upon several practicing doctors including other coronavirus warriors like health workers, police, defence personnel, bank employees, etc.
 
The plea said that these people were on essential duties during the lockdown even as traffic routes were blocked, red lights were not functioning and all purported challans were issued by technical gadgets without any specific information fed with respect to the diversions.

Amit Shah said Delhi govt will conduct 18,000 Covid-19 tests per day by June 20: Delhi BJP chief

The Union Home Minister has said that the Delhi government will start conducting 18,000 Covid-19 tests per day by June 20, according to Delhi BJP chief Adesh Kumar Gupta on Monday.
 
"Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that by June 20, Delhi Govt will start conducting 18,000 Covid-19 testing per day and door to door tracing and mapping will be conducted in containment zones," Gupta told reporters here after the all-party meeting over the management of the pandemic in the national capital.
 
The all-party meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, over management of Covid-19 situation, at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) concluded. Gupta also said that in the all-party meeting, "BJP demanded that 50 percent charges should be waived off on testing. This demand has been approved by Union Home Minister Amit Shah."
 
He said that during the course of the meeting, Shah had urged all political parties to set aside their differences during this hour of crisis and come together to fight Covid-19.

HC seeks Delhi govt, others' response on PIL for cremation of Covid victims in 'green crematoriums'

Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from Delhi government, civic bodies, and others on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to allow performing last rites of those who have died due to coronavirus in "green crematoriums".
 
The PIL, moved by an NGO, submitted that the petitioner is working in the field of installation of green crematoriums that can be used for the cremation of bodies of Covid-19 victims after performing the last rites. A division bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan slated the matter for further hearing on June 29 and sought replies from all the respondents on the plea while also hearing three matters regarding the reports of disposal of bodies.
 
Meanwhile, the High Court also heard a contempt plea seeking action against Delhi government's top bureaucrats, including the Chief Secretary, for non-compliance of the court's earlier order regarding non0disposal of bodies.
 
As a similar matter related to the disposal of bodies has also been taken by the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court posted the matter for hearing on the next date.

Lockdown impacted livelihood of 65 per cent elderly: Study

The coronavirus lockdown impacted the livelihood of 65 per cent of the elders and they either had no work or faced a drastic loss in their wages during the period, according to a new study.
 
'The Elder Story: Ground Reality during Covid 19' was released on the occasion of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday. It was conducted by HelpAge India, which surveyed 5,099 elders across 17 states and four Union territories.
 
It found that of those 65 per cent elders whose livelihoods had been impacted, 67 per cent were in the age group of 60-69 years, a stark 28 per cent in the 'old-old' category (70-79 years) and five per cent in the 'oldest-old' age group (80 plus).

Arvind Kejriwal is misleading people of Delhi: Congress Delhi chief

CM has been misleading, & holding pvt hospitals responsible. We've submitted evidence to HM, he has sent that for probe by Health Secy. Construction of 3 large hospitals, with 2609 beds, should've been completed by Dec 2019. What game is Delhi govt playing?: Delhi Congress chief

At the current doubling rate, Delhi may be 550,000 cases by July-end

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that going by the current doubling rate in the city, 550,000 cases and over 80,000 hospital beds are expected by the end of July, for which Delhi is not adequately prepared.

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