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Delhi Eases Lockdown Curbs: What’s Allowed, What’s Not?

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Delhi is slated to further ease lockdown restriction from 5 am of Monday, 14 June. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the same on Sunday, 13 June, as per ANI, saying:

“After 5 am tomorrow (Monday), all activities will be allowed except some that will be prohibited and some that will be done in a restricted manner. A detailed order will be issued.”

Will offices be allowed to open?

  • Private offices will run on 50% capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • In government offices, there will be 100% attendance of group A officers and 50% for the rest.

Will public transport be functional?

  • Delhi Metro will be operational at 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Intra-state buses will move with up to 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Autos, e-rickshaws, grameen sewa, taxis, and cabs can carry up to two passengers at once.

Is inter-state movement allowed?

There are no restrictions on inter-state movement of persons and goods, including those for cross-land border trade under treaties with neighboring countries. No separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movements.

Which markets are allowed to open?

  • All market complexes, stand-alone shops and malls will now be allowed to be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • With regard to weekly markets, only one weekly market will be allowed to function each day per zone, and only with 50% of the vendors will be allowed to set up their shops. No weekly market will be allowed to function at roadsides.
  • Salons will also be allowed to resume their services.

Is eating at restaurants permitted?

Restaurants will be open with 50% of their seating capacity. Restaurant owners will be responsible for ensuring that COVID-appropriate behaviour is followed by the personnel at their establishments.

Can marriages take place?

  • Holding marriage ceremonies at public places, including hotels and banquet halls, is prohibited.
  • For marriages organised at homes or the court, a maximum of 20 people can be in attendance.
  • No DJs, catering services, tent services will be allowed to operate for marriages.

What about funerals?

A maximum of 20 people may be in attendance at funerals/last rites related gatherings.

Will schools and colleges reopen?

Schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain shut. Online and distance learning will continue.

What else will remain closed?

  • Swimming pools, stadiums, sports complexes, cinema theaters, multiplexes,
  • spas, gyms, yoga institutes
  • Public parks and gardens
  • Auditoriums, assembly halls, banquet halls
  • Religious places will remain closed to visitors

Further, all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious gatherings are prohibited.

Source : TheQuint

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67% surveyed Indians have developed antibodies against coronavirus, 40 crore still at risk: Govt

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The fourth national serosurvey has found that 67.6 per cent surveyed Indians have developed antibodies against the virus causing Covid-19.

The fourth nation sero survey has revealed that more than 50 per cent children aged 6-17 years have developed antibodies against the virus causing Covid-19. (Representational image) (Photo: Getty Images)

Two-thirds of the Indian population, including children, have developed antibodies against virus causing Covid-19, while nearly 40 crore people are still vulnerable, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday while releasing findings of the fourth national serosurvey.

In this round of the national serosurvey, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also included children to assess their vulnerability towards coronavirus. It found that overall, 67.6 per cent surveyed Indians have developed antibodies against coronavirus.

The survey has found that more than 50 per cent of children aged 6-17 years have been exposed to Covid-19 and have developed antibodies against it.

The highest sero-prevalence was found in the age group 45-60 years (77.6 per cent), followed by those above 60 years (76.7 per cent) and those in the age group 18-44 years (66.7 per cent).

In this survey, children were divided into two age groups: 6-9 years and 10-17 years.

Sero-prevalence in the 6-9 years category was 57.2 per cent and in the 10-17 years category, it was 61.6 per cent.

Releasing the survey findings, the health ministry said states and districts with low sero-prevalence run the risk of witnessing more waves of Covid-19.

The fourth round of the serosurvey was carried out during June-July. Besides children, the survey also covered 100 healthcare workers in each district.

The survey found that among adults, 13 per cent people have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Highest sero-prevalence was found among this section of the population.

“This serosurvey results show that there is ray of hope but there is no scope for complacency,” said Dr Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR.

Source : IndiaToday

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80 Dead, 204 Missing After Feb 7 Avalanche In Uttarakhand: Government

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Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the avalanche occurred in the upper catchment of Rishiganga river, a tributary of Alaknanda river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, which led to a sudden rise in the water level of Rishiganga river.

The glacier burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district happened on Sunday, February 7 (File)

New Delhi: As many as 80 bodies were recovered and 204 people continue to be missing following an avalanche that occurred in Rishiganga river in Uttarakhand on February 7, leading to a rise in water level, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the avalanche occurred in the upper catchment of Rishiganga river, a tributary of Alaknanda river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, which led to a sudden rise in the water level of Rishiganga river.

“As per the information provided by the state government of Uttarakhand, due to this incident, 204 people were reported missing. 80 bodies have been recovered so far,” he said in reply to a written question.

Due to the flash flood on account of the rising water level in Rishiganga, a small hydropower project of 13.2 Mega Watt (MW) was washed away and a 520 MW under construction hydropower project in the downstream at Tapovan was also affected, the minister said.

Source : NDTV

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Delhi cop robbed of motorbike by three armed men

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The constable, Mon Raj Meena, a resident of Palam village, was going home on his motorcycle after performing his duty at Singhu border.

Three armed assailants allegedly robbed a Delhi Police constable of his motorbike in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri when he was returning home from work. An FIR has been registered and police are conducting raids to nab the accused.

DCP (West) Urvija Goel said the incident took place on the intervening night of July 17-18 when the constable, Mon Raj Meena, a resident of Palam village, was going home on his motorcycle after performing his duty at Singhu border.

“When he reached the elevated road of Peera Garhi to Janakpuri in front of Shahpura, he was stopped by three motorcyclists, who threatened him,” she said.

Goel said the constable left his motorbike and maintained distance from them. “They took his motorcycle with them. He then informed the police, making a PCR call. He was not wearing his uniform at the time. An FIR of robbery was registered at Vikaspuri police station,” she added.

Police said they are scanning CCTV footage from the area.

Source : IndianExpresss

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