With the national capital witnessing a big spike in Covid-19 cases, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday chaired a meeting to review the situation in Delhi and assured the Arvind Kejriwal government of 750 ICU beds at the DRDO centre. Shah announced several measures, including doubling of RT-PCR tests and strengthening medical infrastructure to bring the city’s rising Covid cases under control.
“Today many directions were given in the meeting. 1- RT-PCR tests will be doubled in Delhi. 2- In Delhi, mobile testing vans of the ICMR of health ministry will be deployed in places vulnerable to Covid-19 spread by using maximum capacity of labs,” Shah tweeted.
CM Kejriwal also briefed the media, saying: “Covid cases have been sharply rising ever since October 30. We still have a decent number of Covid beds, but ICU beds are fast getting exhausted. The Centre said that 500 ICU beds will be made available in the DRDO centre in the next couple days and additionally another 250 in the coming days.”
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also participated in the meet at North Block.
Taking to Twitter, the Home Minister said that some MCD hospitals will be converted into dedicated Covid hospitals to treat patients with mild symptoms. He said that capacity of hospitals in Delhi and other medical infrastructure should be increased. “In this direction, 250 to 300 ICU beds will be included in DRDO Covid Hospital located in Dhaula Kuan which was set up in May so that serious Covid-19 patients can be treated there,” the Union minister said.
Shah said that the 10,000-bed Covid Centre at Chhatarpur will be strengthened further and the number of beds with oxygen facility will be increased. Dedicated teams will visit all private hospitals to check the availability of Covid-19 related medical infrastructure and to inspect the condition of patients, he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi saw a dip in daily Covid cases. It recorded 3,235 fresh cases on Sunday, taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4.85 lakh on Sunday, while the positivity rate climbed to 15.33 percent. 95 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 7,614.
Nationwide, 41,100 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Sunday, taking the overall national tally to 88,14,579. 447 new fatalities were also recorded in the last 24 hours. The total death toll has now reached 1,29,635. The number of active cases yet again stayed below the 5 lakh-mark at 4,79,216. 82,05,728 patients have also been discharged from the hospitals. This is the seventh day in a row that the daily caseload has stayed below 50,000.
The health ministry tweeted on Sunday that there has been a continuous decline in average daily cases for the last five weeks. It also shared a graph which showed the daily new cases from October 3 to November 13. A little over 75 percent of the new recovered cases are from just 10 states and union territories, and a similar number of states has contributed to 76.38% of the new cases.
The 10 states reporting the maximum Covid-19 cases so far in the country are Delhi, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. These fresh coronavirus cases were detected from 21,098 tests conducted the previous day, the lowest since August 14, when 14,389 tests were done. Of the total tests conducted, 11,877 were rapid-antigen tests, and 9, 221 were RT-PCR tests.
Haryana reported another 1,957 new cases of coronavirus infections and eight deaths in 24 hours on Sunday, taking the cumulative number of positive cases in the state to 1,99,874 and 2,019 deaths. Among the eight patients who died in the last 24 hours, three died in Bhiwani, two in Faridabad, and one each in Gurgaon, Sonipat and Sirsa. The number of active Covid-19 patients in the state reached 19,557. Among the active cases, there were 334 patients in a critical condition, out of whom, 42 were on ventilator support while 292 were on oxygen support. Gurgaon and Faridabad continued to witness a surge amid the ongoing festive season, as Faridabad added 643 new Covid-19 patients and Gurgaon added 515 in the last 24 hours. However, in the same period, 1,930 patients also recovered, taking the total number of recovered patients in the state to 1,78,298 and recovery rate to 89.21 percent.
Mumbai reported 726 new cases of coronavirus and 16 deaths on Saturday. 2,69,130 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the city so far, including 2,44,659 recoveries and 10,555 fatalities. There are 10,077 active cases at present. Maharashtra›s COVID-19 deaths remained on the higher side, while the recovery rate dropped marginally with an increase in the number of active cases for the first time in over a week. The state witnessed 105 deaths taking the death toll to 45,914. The state also reported 4,237 fresh cases, taking its overall tally to 17,44,698.
Telangana reported 661 new coronavirus cases, 1,637 recoveries and 3 deaths on Saturday. The total number of cases now stand at 2,57,374 including 2,40,545 recoveries, 15,425 active cases and 1,404 deaths.
Jharkhand reported 154 new cases (out of 10,693 tests) and 328 recoveries yesterday. With this, the state’s total cases reached 1,05,935 including 1,01,897 recoveries or discharges, 922 deaths and 3116 active cases.
Mizoram reports 25 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total cases to 3,393. A total of 2,820 people have been discharged in the state, after recovering from the infection. The state also recorded 4 deaths. Active cases now stand at 569.
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Rajnath Singh salutes IAF on 2nd anniversary of Balakot air strikes
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): On the second anniversary of Balakot air strikes, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday saluted the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and said “the success of strikes has shown India’s strong will to act against terrorism”.
“On the anniversary of Balakot Air Strikes, I salute the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force. The success of Balakot strikes has shown India’s strong will to act against terrorism. We are proud of our Armed Forces who keep India safe and secure,” the Defence Minister tweeted.
On February 14, Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) targeted a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Pulwama in South Kashmir killing 40 CPRF personnel.
Days later IAF launched an air-strike on a JeM camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
The air-strike was launched in the early hours of February 26 and Pakistan’s efforts to launch an offensive the next day to target Indian military installations in Jammu and Kashmir was thwarted by an alert IAF.
In the dogfight, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, flying a MiG-21 Bison fighter plane and chasing Pakistani jets, crossed over to PoK where his aircraft was shot down. He was taken into custody by Pakistan. India also shot down a Pakistani fighter jet. (ANI)
10 held in Jodhpur for immoral trafficking
Jodhpur (Rajasthan) [India], February 26 (ANI): Rajasthan Police arrested 10 people for immoral trafficking in the Ghas Mandi Area of Jodhpur on Thursday.
Police arrested the accused after a raid was conducted in the area.
“We conducted a raid in Ghas Mandi area. We had information that some women, in an organised way, were conducting immoral trafficking. We have booked 10 people in the case,” said Manglesh Chundawat, Superintendent of Police (SP), Jodhpur.
The SP said that further probe in the case is underway. (ANI)
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joins BJP
Malappuram (Kerala) [India], February 26 (ANI): ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Malappuram on Thursday in presence of Union Minister RK Singh.
Sreedharan joined the party during BJP’s ongoing Vijaya Yatra led by Kerala BJP Chief K Surendran.
“Metro man Sri E Sreedharan joins BJP at Mallapuram in the presence of Union Minister RK Singh during Kerala Vijaya Yatra led by K Surendran,” tweeted BJP National General Secretary BL Santhosh.
Ahead of Assembly elections in Kerala, former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on February 18 announced that he will join the BJP.
“If BJP comes to power in Kerala, I am ready to become the chief minister. The party has not asked me till now as it is too premature. But if BJP asks me, I am willing to take up the post and show how a state can be run efficiently like we are running DMRC,” Sreedharan had told ANI earlier.
The Assembly elections in Kerala are likely between April-May this year. (ANI)
Former Cong leader Ashok Tanwar launches new party ‘Apna Bharat Morcha’
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Former Haryana Congress leader Ashok Tanwar launched a new political party ‘Apna Bharat Morcha’ in the national capital on Thursday.
Former Tripura Congress leader Kirit Pradyut Deb Barman was among the scores of leaders who attended the launched event.
Speaking at the event Tanwar said that people who left Congress made a tough decision but they did so because they wanted to work for the nation.
He quoted cartoonist RK Laxman and said, “The real Congress will be reduced in size through constant splits.” Tanwar said Laxman’s words are a reality of today’s Congress.
“Apna Bharat Morcha will work with a three-pillared approach of dialogue, debate, and discussion,” he said.
Stating that the Congress has drifted away from its basic principle and ideology, Tanwar had resignation from the primary membership of the party in October 2019, days before the Haryana Assembly polls.
He later extended his support to Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) and campaigned against Congress in the 2019 Haryana Assembly elections. (ANI)
R-Day violence: Youth Akali Dal to ‘gherao’ Delhi Police personnel for singling out Punjabi youth for arrests
Chandigarh [India] February 26 (ANI): The Youth Akali Dal (YAD) will gherao Delhi Police personnel for singling out Punjabi youth for arrests by registering false cases against them in connection with the January 26 incidents in the national capital.
Taking to Twitter, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said, “Youth Akali Dal (YAD) president Parambans Singh Romana today announced that YAD will gherao Delhi Police personnel singling out Punjabi youth for arrests by registering false cases against them in connection with the January 26 incidents.”
“We stand by our youth. I request all affected families to seek the support of the YAD in this connection. We will not allow any discrimination against our youth at any cost, Romana said,” SAD tweeted.
During the farmers’ tractor rally organised to protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws, some people broke barricades to enter Delhi and indulged in vandalism across several parts of the national capital on Republic Day.
Several numbers of FIRs (First Information Reports) have been filed by the Delhi Police with one of them mentioning the incident at ITO (Income Tax Office) where a farmer died after his tractor overturned.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)
Haryana to table bill against ‘love jihad’ in upcoming budget session of Assembly
Chandigarh [India], February 26 (ANI): After Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh another Bharatiya Janata Part governed state, Haryana is set to present an anti-conversion bill against religious conversions. The draft of the “love jihad” bill has been prepared and will be present in the upcoming budget session of the Assembly, Home Minister Anil Vij said here on Thursday.
“We have prepared the draft of the love jihad (anti-conversion) bill. We will be presenting it in the upcoming budget session in Vidhan Sabha,” Vij told ANI.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on November 26 had announced that a three-member drafting committee has been formed to frame law on “love jihad” in the state.
Vij had earlier said that the committee comprising T L Satyaprakash (IAS) Secretary Home, ADGP Navdeep Sing Virk (IPS) and Additional Advocate General Deepak Manchanda will also study the love jihad law of other states.
The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council on February 25 had passed the ‘Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021’, which aims to curb religious conversions by fraudulent or any other undue means, including through marriage.
Last year on December 29, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet had approved the Dharma Swatantrata (Religious Freedom) Ordinance, 2020 to deal with “love jihad” cases in the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh took the ordinance route much like the Uttar Pradesh to enact the law to check forced religious conversion. (ANI)
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