The national capital registered a record spike of 6,725 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the infection tally in Delhi to over 4 lakh, even as the positivity rate stood at 11.29% amid the festive season. The 6,725 fresh cases came out of the 59,540 tests conducted the previous day. This is the first time when the number of daily cases has crossed the 6,000-mark. The death toll reached 6,652 after 48 people succumbed to the virus.
The last highest single-day spike in the city was recorded on Friday at 5,891 cases.
As per official data, there are 3,452 containment zones in Delhi as of now. As many as 21,521 patients are on home isolation.
However, if health experts are to be believed, the national capital will see further spike in Covid-19 cases, with some predicting that the infection rate would almost double the current rate. Earlier, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain too had said that the government expected as many as 14,000 daily coronavirus cases in the winter season.
“An expert committee had informed earlier that coronavirus cases in Delhi are expected to rise by 12,000 to 14,000 during the festive and winter season ahead. Dr Pal committee had told the Delhi government that we have to prepare according to 15,000 cases,” Jain had said.
Meanwhile, India reported a decline in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases to 38,310 in the past 24 hours. The total caseload stands at 8,272,903. The country’s death toll has mounted to 123,179. While there are 542,346 active cases of coronavirus, as many as 7,601,429 people have recovered from the infection.
The number of new Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra continued to remain below 5,000. The state saw a spike of 4,909 new cases. Whereas, 6,973 people were discharged after recovering. So far, 15.31 lakh people have recovered. The recovery rate in the state stands at 90.46%. However, 120 patients also succumbed to the virus across the state.
The Covid-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 7,089 with 13 more people succumbing to the disease, while 1,726 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 4,87,335 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in the state has reached over 92%. The number of active cases currently stands at 22,538, of which 9,599 are in home isolation.
Haryana reported 1,684 fresh novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the infection tally to 1,72,130, while the death toll from the disease rose to 1,827 in the state with seven more fatalities. Haryana has an active case count of 13,338 while the rate of recovery from the infection is 91.20%.
West Bengal reported 3,957 new Covid-19 cases and 57 deaths in the last twenty-four hours. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 3,81,608 including 36,576 active cases, 3,38,075 discharged cases, and 6,957 deaths.
Gujarat reported 954 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, raising its case tally to 1,75,633. With six new deaths, the state’s Covid-19 death toll rose to 3,734. Recoveries during the day again outnumbered new cases, with 1,197 patients getting discharged. The number of recovered cases in the state rose to 1,59,448. With this, Gujarat has achieved a recovery rate of 90.78%.
Meanwhile looking at the tally of southern states of the country, Tamil Nadu reported 2,435 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 7,31,942 while the toll touched 11,214 with 31 more fatalities. The 7.31 lakh plus tally covers the state capital’s 2,01,848 cases.
Kerala reported 6,862 more people tested covid positive after 61,138 more samples were tested in the past 24 hours, taking the test positivity rate below 12 for the first time in recent weeks. The active cases in the state stand at 84,713, whereas 3,64,745 have been cured. The day saw 26 more Covid-19 deaths, taking the state’s death toll to 1,559.
Andhra Pradesh’s Covid-19 tally rose to 8.30 lakh even as the total recoveries crossed the 8 lakh mark. As 2,849 fresh cases were added in the last 24 hours, the gross confirmed positives in the state touched 8,30,731. With 3,700 more patients getting cured of the infection, the overall recoveries increased to 8,02,325. The state reported 15 fresh coronavirus fatalities, taking the tally to 6,734.
Karnataka reported 2,576 new cases of Covid-19, 8,334 discharges, and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours. This takes the total number of cases to 8,29,640 including 44,805 active cases, 7,73,595 discharges, and 11,121 deaths.
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Asian Games gold medalist Hima Das inducted to Assam Police
Guwahati (Assam) [India], February 27 (ANI): Sprinter Hima Das who had won a gold medal in Asian Games in 2018 has officially been inducted into Assam Police on Friday. She will be posted in Guwahati.
On the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal honoured her with a badge.
Briefly speaking to ANI, Das said, “This has come as a part of government’s policy. I will focus on sports for now. I will join the service after retiring from sports.”
“I feel honoured to be a part of Assam Police. I thank Union Minister Kiren Rijiju for showering his support on me,” Das said.
However, the decision that she will be inducted in Assam Police was decided two weeks ago.
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on February 11 said that sprinter Hima Das will continue running for the country even after the Assam government decided to appoint her as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in the state.
The 21-year-old is currently preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics qualification at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala. (ANI)
Police rescued businessman within 3 hours after kidnap in Hyderabad
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 26 (ANI): The Hyderabad police have rescued a businessman within three hours after he was kidnapped by unidentified assailants. The police also arrested four accused who were indulged in the incident.
The police informed about the incident on Friday according to which the victim, Amaranath Reddy was taken away by the assailants from his residence in Banjara Hills on Thursday and later the family alerted the police about his disappearance. The police swung into action and launched a search operation by forming teams.
Speaking to the media, Anjani Kumar, Hyderabad City Police Commissioner said, “The Hyderabad City Police on Thursday were able to arrest four kidnappers alongside rescuing the victim. The police were able to arrest the four accused — V Kumara Guru, Paluru Lokesh Kumar, S Jagadish and PK Ganesh Kumar.”
Two accused — Pradeep Natarajan and Keerthana are currently absconding, Kumar said.
Giving details of the incident, Commissioner said, “As per the complaint filed by the K Kalapana Reddy wife of K Amaranath Reddy, the kidnappers have demanded Rs 4 lakh for Amaranath Reddy to be released. The Kidnappers continuously called her and said that her husband has to give four lakhs rupees and demanded to immediately send to the bank account which they have given before 5 PM or else they will take her husband along with the car to Chennai and will kill him.”
During the course of the investigation, a police special team has been formed to trace out the victim K Amaranath Reddy and as well as the apprehension of the accused persons, he said.
“Due to non-availability of money, Police were able to arrange the Cash and sent the photos from the complainant cell phone to the kidnappers. On that kidnappers instructed the complainant to come to Srinagar Colony, Banjara Hills along with cash, at about 06:30 PM,” he said.
“The complainant along with the police special team proceeded to Srinagar Colony wherein police laid a trap where two kidnappers Pradeep Natarajan and Paluru Lokesh Kumar came to Srinagar Colony along with the victim car. While handing over the money, police apprehend Paluru Lokesh Kumar and interrogated him leading to the location of the rest of the gang members. The police have arrested three other accused while two others have absconded,” he added. (ANI)
Odisha: Elephant tusks seized from Mayurbhanj, 2 held
Mayurbhanj (Odisha) [India], February 27 (ANI): Two persons were arrested in Mayurbhanj for possessing elephant tusks, according to the police official on Friday.
“We have recovered 8 pieces of elephant tusk weighing 44.9 kgs from the possession of two persons. We have seized their bike,” said Santosh Joshi, District Forest Officer.
“Further investigations are underway,” he said. (ANI)
Temperatures in parts of northwest India soar by 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Temperatures in various parts of northwest India have increased by 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal, according to the World Meteorological Organization on Saturday.
“Parts of northwest India have seen daytime temperatures 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi,” informed WMO.
Odisha also witnessed a rise in temperature. The state broke the record of last 10 years.
“Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Odisha recorded temp of 40.4 degree Celsius today, second-highest temperature for February in the past 10 years,” stated WMO.
Similarly, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday tweeted, “The temperatures are above normal by 4-6 degrees Celsius over most parts of Northwest India and adjoining parts of Central and East India. It is likely to continue during the next 3 days and then fall by 2-4 degrees subsequently.” (ANI)
Metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line to be curtailed on Feb 28
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 27 (ANI): Metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line will be curtailed on February 28, according to the official on Friday.
“There will be curtailment of metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line on Feb 28 due to civil maintenance work,” informed the Chief Public Relation Officer of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
“The services will be effected between Baiyappanahalli and MG Road metro stations from 7 am to 9 am,” the statement added.
Trains on Bengaluru’s Namma Metro resumed operations from September 7, 2020, between 8-11 am and 4:30-7:30 pm with a frequency of five minutes.
According to a release by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, while trains on the purple line resumed from September 7, those on the green line ran from September 9 onwards. (ANI)
Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma takes over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard in Kochi
Kochi (Kerala) [India], February 27 (ANI): Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma took over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi) from Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, VSM on Friday.
“Before assuming charge, Rear Admiral Sharma paid floral tributes at the memorial of ‘The Unknown Worker’,” read the press release by the Ministry of Defence.
Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma was commissioned in the Indian Navy on August 1, 1986. Prior to this appointment, the flag Officer has held various important appointments at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, Advanced Technology Vessel Program and Headquarters Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.
The incumbent Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, who spent fourteen months at the helm of Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi), would assume charge as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy). (ANI)
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