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CM Arvind Kejriwal urges govt to cancel CBSE board exams as Delhi records 13,500 cases

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Delhi reported a surge of 13,500 new coronavirus cases in the highest single-day spike which has taken Delhi’s caseload to 7,36,788 total infections. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged the central government to cancel the CBSE board exams.

Delhi CM Kejriwal said, “In the last 24 hours, the city saw a surge of 13,500 fresh Covid cases. At the peak of third Covid wave in November, Delhi had seen the biggest single-day surge of 8,500 cases. The fourth wave, as we all know, is much more dangerous. Youth and children are getting affected amid the fourth wave.”

He requested people to set out of homes only if necessary. He said, “I urge all of you to step out of homes only if absolutely necessary.”

On CBSE board exams the Aam Adami Party leader said the decision to conduct the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams should be reconsidered in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

“Six lakh students in the city will appear for board exams. 1 lakh teachers will be on duty. Conducting board exams can lead to large scale spread of coronavirus. alternative methods of assessment can be explored. Students can be promoted on basis of either online exams or internal assessment. The board exams should be cancelled,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that the number of cases among those under the age of 45 was higher and they comprised 65 per cent of the caseload over the past 10-15 days.

He also appealed to all those over the age of 45 to get vaccinated. “The vaccine is free at government hospitals and many centres are open through the night for vaccination.”

The government is also attaching a few hotels and banquet halls with hospitals so that patients who are not serious can be admitted there. Kejriwal also said that doctors in hospitals will be assessing the hospitalisation needs of those admitted in hospitals already.

“Every patient in the hospital is being checked to see if they need hospitalisation or not. Those who can recover at home will be requested to go back. We will monitor you regularly. If you feel ill again, you will be brought back to the hospital. Please cooperate with doctors. We have to take care of the entire city. Every life is precious,” he said.

He also made an appeal to the people of the city to donate plasma for Covid patients. He said, “Once again, the daily demand for plasma has increased and there is very little plasma available in stock. I request those citizens of Delhi who have recently recovered from COVID to step forward and donate plasma.”

The Delhi government on Monday said that 14 private hospitals in Delhi have been made ‘full Covid-19 hospitals’ and asked them not to admit patients other than those infected with the coronavirus.

India has reported 1,61,736 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the country’s tally to over 1.36 crore, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

source: The Statesman

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Rajasthan imposes two-week lockdown from today

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The Rajasthan government has imposed a 15-day lockdown that began on Monday and will remain in effect till May 24.

Under the lockdown, marriage ceremonies will remain banned in the state till May 31. Meanwhile, these ceremonies can be performed at home and courts with a limited number of 11 guests.

Marriage gardens, marriage halls, and hotel complexes shall remain closed for wedding ceremonies.

Liquor shops will be open from 6 am to 11 am from Monday to Friday during this lockdown. And Fruit and vegetable carts will be allowed to operate from 6 am to 5 pm.

DJ, procession, party, etc. is not allowed till May 31.

Petrol pumps will remain open, but private vehicles will be able to fill diesel-petrol or gas from 7 am to 12 noon.

Medical stores will remain open all seven days. Dairy and milk shops will be allowed to open from 6 am to 11 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm. Government ration shops will be open without any holidays. Medical stores, medical equipment shops will be open all seven days.

Wholesale and retail shops related to food, grocery items, flour mills, and cattle feed will be open from Monday to Friday from 6 to 11 am. Shops retailing products required by farmers, fertilizers, and agricultural implements will be opened from Monday to Thursday from 6 am to 11 am.

India recorded 3,66,161 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall caseload to 2,26,62,575, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The country’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 37,45,237.

With 3,754 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll is 2,46,116.

In the last 24 hours, 3,53,818 recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1,86,71,222.

(With IANS inputs)

source: The Statesman

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Convent school converts its auditorium into 40-bedded Covid care

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Citing the rising burden of Covid-19 on the crumbling medical infrastructure of the national capital, a convent school based in the South-West district of Delhi has converted its space into a Covid care facility.

The Mount Carmel School in Dwarka has set up a 40 bedded centre equipped with oxygen concentrators, healthcare staff, medicines and other medical facilities at its auditorium which started functioning Monday onwards.

The facility was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today who said that the centre will be linked to a large hospital if the need arises.

“We may be able to link this Covid Care Centre with to one of our big hospitals in the city, based on assessing the needs and requirements of the centre. This Covid Centre started under the aegis of Mount Carmel School Society, is a mark of humanity and generosity. The availability of beds and other facilities give us confidence that we have the recourses to fight this deadly crisis,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Sisodia spoke on the current health crisis of Covid-19  reigning in the capital and said that signals have started to appear that the city is gradually coming out of its worst scenario.

“We see that nations across the world are experiencing one of the worst crisis ever. The period from 22 April to 5 May was the most challenging for Delhi. We received the highest number of cases and the infection rate was staggering in the city. We responded immediately by increasing hospital beds in the city however, scarcity of oxygen has been one of the most challenging problems we have faced.

“The decreasing positivity rate shows that we are slowly coming out of the crisis and all the credit goes to the doctors and the corona warriors for ensuring such a decline,” he added.

source: The Statesman

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Vaccine scarcity derailing our resolve to immunize whole of Delhi in 3 months: Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rued on Saturday that the scarcity of vaccines is derailing the government’s intent to vaccinate Delhiites in three months.

In a disappointing tone, he informed that the national capital is not getting an adequate amount of vaccines.

“The major obstacle we’re facing today is that of vaccine scarcity. If we get adequate doses, then as I have said repeatedly, we will be able to vaccinate the entire Delhi in three months. The people of Delhi want this, the Delhi Government wants this,” Kejriwal said.

Addressing a digital press conference, the CM estimated that according to the population, the city needs around 3 crore vaccine doses to achieve full immunisation.

“Delhi’s population is 2 crores, more or less 1 crore people are in the age group of 18-45, 50 lakh are under 18, and 50 lakh are older than 45; so those above 18 are roughly 1.5 crore. These 1.5 crore people have to be given three crore vaccines, which is our requirement. From these 3 crore vaccines, the Delhi Government as of now has received approximately 40 lakh vaccines. Therefore we need 2 crore 60 lakh additional vaccines. More or less, 80-85 lakh vaccines are needed per month for the next three months,” Kejriwal told the reporters.

Speaking on the arrangements for ongoing vaccination drive against Covid-19 which entered its third phase this month allowing people above 18 years to take the jab, Kejriwal informed that the centres will be increased up to 300 shortly.

“The vaccination drive in Delhi is in full swing. Since the day the vaccination drive began for those below the age of 45, I have witnessed great enthusiasm amongst the youth, many of whom are getting vaccinated. The people are visibly happy with the arrangements made by the government. We have made these arrangements in around 100 schools and are going to increase it to about 250-300 schools,” he said.

source: The Statesman

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