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Delhi Logs 39 Fresh COVID-19 Infections; Active Cases Below 500-Mark

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New Delhi:  The national capital reported 39 COVID-19 infections and one fatality on Monday, while the number of active cases in the city dropped below 500 for the first time since April last year, according to data shared by the Health Department.

With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbs to 14,36,800. Of this, over 14.11 lakh patients have recovered from the disease.

The death count now stands at 25,067.

On Sunday, the capital reported 66 cases of the disease with a positivity rate of 0.10 percent.

On Saturday, the city had reported 72 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.10 percent and one death. On Friday, Delhi registered 44 cases with a positivity rate of 0.06 percent and five deaths.

There are 498 active cases of the disease in Delhi at present, and 178 of them are under home isolation.

According to covid19India.org, a crowdsourced initiative that collects data on COVID-19 cases and vaccination in India, Delhi had reported 480 active cases on April 5 last year.

The number of containment zones stands at 271, the bulletin said.

Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic that claimed a massive number of lives, with the shortage of oxygen at hospitals across the city.

On April 20, Delhi had reported 28,395 cases, the highest in the city since the beginning of the pandemic. On April 22, the case positivity rate was 36.2 percent, the highest so far.

The highest number of 448 deaths was reported on May 3.

The city government has been ramping up health infrastructure to prevent a repeat of the crisis witnessed during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic in April-May.

Steps have been taken to increase the number of hospital beds to accommodate up to 37,000 cases a day and to become self-reliant in terms of oxygen supply.

According to officials, around 160 PSA oxygen generation plants with a total capacity of 148.11 metric tonnes are being installed at various government and private hospitals in the city.

While 66 plants are being installed in Delhi government hospitals, 10 are being set up in central government hospitals and 84 in private healthcare facilities.

Forty-five PSA plants with a capacity of 55.46 MT have already been commissioned. Eighteen such plants of 21.06 MT capacity will be commissioned by August 15, according to health department officials.

However, the tardy supply of COVID-19 vaccines is a cause of concern, the officials said.

According to government data, 1.07 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the capital since the inoculation exercise started on January 16. Over 29 lakh people have received both doses.

The Health Department had recently told the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) that it will take another year to vaccinate all eligible beneficiaries aged above 18 against the coronavirus at “the present rate of vaccine supply”.

The officials said around 1.5 crore beneficiaries are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in the national capital and three crore doses are required to fully inoculate them.

 

Around 45 lakh doses are required every month to complete the vaccination by December 2021.

 

 

Source: NdTV.com

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Delhi: Najafgarh section on Grey Line opens on Saturday

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The Grey Line connects Dwarka to Najafgarh. The 891-metre-long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh.

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The Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section on the Grey Line of the Delhi Metro will be inaugurated Saturday. Passenger services on the section will commence at 5 pm on the same day. The Grey Line connects Dwarka to Najafgarh. The 891-metre-long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh.

The section will be inaugurated via a video conference at 12.30 pm, by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore, will also be present at the inauguration.

Source : Indian Express

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Delhi Cabinet Rejects the list of police for the farmer’s protest violence.

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Delhi Cabinet, last Friday refused to approve Delhi Police’s list of special public prosecutors for appearing within the lawsuits associated with violence during the January 26 farmers’ protest.

It observed that the method won’t be fair and impartial if the lawyers of Delhi Police which is investigating the cases, were appointed. It had been decided that a panel of prosecutors appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party government will do the work.

In a separate decision, the Cabinet of New Delhi had also refused to offer its nod to a different panel of three lawyers recommended by Delhi Police for the northeast Delhi riot cases.

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SBI reduces its home loan interest rates to 6.7%

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State Bank of India (SBI), has launched a wreath of festive offers for home equity credit customers where offers are aimed to form home loans cheaper within the festive season. during an unparalleled initiative, SBI offers a credit score that is linked to home loans at just 6.70%, regardless of the loan amount.

Earlier a borrower availing of a loan greater than ?75 lakh, had to pay a rate of interest of 15%. With these new festive offers, a borrower can now avail of home equity credit for any amount at a low rate of 6.70%. The offer leads to a saving of 45 bps which translates to an enormous interest saving of quite Rs. 8 lakh, for a ?75 lakh loan with a 30-year tenure.

Earlier, the speed of interest applicable for a non-salaried borrower was 15 bps above the rate of interest applicable to a salaried borrower, in this festive offer SBI has removed its dissimilarity between a salaried and a non-salaried employee.

Now, there’s no occupation-linked interest premium being charged to prospective home equity credit borrowers. this is able to cause an extra interest saving of 15 bps to non-salaried borrowers.

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