Coronavirus India lockdown day 236 live updates | Situation in Delhi "worrying"

A woman being tested for COVID in Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

India’s COVID-19 caseload is currently 88.74 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 82,90,370 according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The last time coronavirus cases dipped below 30,000 on July 15 when the country registered 29,429 cases.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the updates:

 

Dr. V.K Paul and Rajesh Bhushan list measures to curb COVID-19 in Delhi.

In June-July, a mobile App was created by the Delhi government to provide information on beds available in various hospitals. The Central government also advised the State government to put up LED boards at all the hospitals providing information on bed availability, which is being implemented.

A house-to-house survey beyond containment areas will be conducted in Delhi. About 8,000 teams will be involved to conduct the survey, for identification, isolation of cases, trace contacts and provide necessary assistance, to break the chain of transmission.

The support system for in-house care will be ramped up to cover about 35,000 to 40,000 cases.

Any proposal about lockdown in view of the increasing cases in any area of Delhi will be discussed by appropriate authorities in the State and at the Centre.

There is also an immediate plan to activate about 5,000 beds at the Radha Swamy Beas facility in Delhi's Chhattarpur.

 

Situation in Delhi "worrying"

NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr. V.K. Paul terms the situation in Delhi as "worrying."

 On November 15, a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister was held. The Delhi Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Minister, besides senior officials, were also present. The situation in Delhi was reviewed and important decisions were taken, he says.

Testing has to be doubled, about 57,000 tests were being conducted per day on an average, the existing capacity will be used to increase the tests. In all, 10 mobile test laboratories are being arranged.

He urges people, particularly elders, to stay indoors. Anyone having any symptom should get the test conducted immediately.

Per positive person, about 16 contacts are traced in Delhi. The persons who came in contact with any infected person should get quarantined on their own to prevent further spread.

 

'Centre keeping close watch on Delhi'

Union Home Ministry, under the leadership of Amit Shah, has kept a close watch on the situation in Delhi and taken proactive measures, says Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

In the last one week, about 90 deaths have been reported per day in Delhi, which is a matter of concern.

Several decisions have been taken in this regard: increase in overall beds, including ICU beds, double testing to 1 to 1.2 lakh per day, right mix of RTPCR and Antigen tests, strengthen and augment home care support, mobilise doctors/nurses, enforce quarantine of contacts, enforce containment zones SOPs, ensure Covid appropriate behaviour.

 

India's recovery rate now more than 93%

In his weekly COVID-19 update, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, says: "Recovered cases have crossed 82.90 lakh, the recovery rate is now more than 93%, average 46,701 cases recovered daily in the last week."

Average 40,365 new cases were reported daily in the last week, more than 12.65 crore tests conducted so far, the cumulative positivity rate is 7.01% and the daily positivity rate in the last week is 4.1%

Cases per million population is among the lowest in the world. Against the world average of 6,956, it is 6,430 in India.

Delhi

Kejriwal proposes scaling down crowd in gatherings to 50

With Dehi seeing increase in COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he has proposed to reduce the number of people attending wedding-like gatherings to 50. "I have sent this proposal for approval to LG Anil Baijal," he said at a press meet.

He also proposed to impose lockdown at markets where COVID precautions are not followed.  - Jatin Anand

Karnataka

Colleges reopen in Karnataka with very thin attendance

Students attending classes at the Maharani Women’s Arts, Commerce and Management college, on the day one of the colleges reopen, in Bengaluru on November 17, 2020.

Students attending classes at the Maharani Women’s Arts, Commerce and Management college, on the day one of the colleges reopen, in Bengaluru on November 17, 2020.   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

After being closed for eight months, degree colleges in Karnataka reopened on Tuesday amidst several precautionary measures during the pandemic.

Students of many colleges were however unable to attend classes as many of them who had given swabs for COVID 19 testing did not get their results. To attend classes, students and staff are required to produce a COVID negative certificate.

T.M. Manjunath, president, Karnataka Government College Teachers’ Association said that classes were held only for final year students. He said that majority of the colleges reported low attendance. Mr Manjunath said that only around 10 to 20 percent of the students opted to attend these classes. - Tanu Kulkarni

Haryana

Gurugram reserves 75% ICU beds for COVID-19

The Gurugram administration on Monday ordered reservation of 50% beds in general category and 75% beds in ICU/Ventilator category in public and private hospitals for COVID-19 patients in view of the sudden spike in infections.

The number of beds available under the general category and ICU/ventilator category is expected to increase by around 800 and 300, respectively.

As of now, 2,100 beds are reserved in various Gurugram hospitals, including 1,649 beds for isolation.

The total reserved ICU beds and ventilators are 312 and 139, respectively. Of these, 1,001 isolation beds, 119 ICU beds and 63 ventilators are unoccupied.

New Delhi

JNU begins phased entry of students

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Monday started welcoming back its final-year PhD research scholars who were residing in the hostels before the lockdown as part of its phased reopening process.

The entry has been allowed for those students in particular who need to access laboratories and submit their PhD thesis on or before December 31 or June 30, the university said.

Dean of Students Sudheer Pratap Singh, said that upon arrival, the students will need to fill up and submit a self-declaration form available with the JNU security and get a pass issued for their entry into the closed campus.

New Delhi

No lockdown, peak of third wave over: Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said the government will not impose any lockdown in the city because of the COVID-19 situation. He also said that the peak of third wave of the infection had passed and positivity of cases would slowly come down.

The Minister said the “lowest positivity” is among healthcare workers of COVID-19 hospitals because they are “taking measures for protection”. “The people who are in the most dangerous condition have the lowest positivity because they are protecting themselves. So, protection is sufficient,” Mr. Jain said.

A total of 2,324 healthcare workers in Delhi have been infected by COVID-19 and 75 of them have died till October, according to a report prepared by the National Centre for Disease Control under the Central government.

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