Covid-19 cases cross the 700 mark in Delhi when death toll rises to 12

NEW DELHI: The number of fatalities due to 12 hit in the national capital on Thursday, while the number of people infected with the virus crossed the 700 mark even as prime minister Arvind Kejriwal announced '' in 21 containment areas to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Lieutenant Governor also directed officials to strictly implement the containment strategy in high-risk areas.

The prime minister also warned of strict actions against those who misbehave with health care personnel in the city, a day after a 42-year-old man allegedly assaulted two resident doctors at Safdarjung Hospital, accusing them of spreading Covid-19. .

The national capital reported 51 new cases, including a Delhi police officer and two paramedics from Sir Gangaram Hospital, bringing the number of positive Covid-19 cases to 720.

Three more deaths were reported during the day, bringing the number to 12, according to Delhi government authorities.

Of the total cases, 430 are related to the religious congregation that took place in Nizamuddin Markaz (center) of Tabighi Jamaat in March, they said.

Taking an objection to naming Nizamuddin Markaz in the health bulletins, the Delhi Minority Commission (DMC) has asked the city's health department to stop mentioning the center in its daily reports on coronavirus cases.

The development comes after a 22-year-old man, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Bhopal, was beaten in northwest Delhi, Bawana, earlier this week after being accused of spreading the coronavirus in the village.

The Prime Minister called on people living in containment areas to cooperate in the implementation of 'Operation SHIELD' and said that these are strict measures, but are necessary to protect them and others from Covid-19.

In crafting 'Operation SHIELD' during an online briefing, Kejriwal said that under the first 'S' of the operation, the government immediately seals the area and its surroundings after geographic marking after positive cases there.

In the next stage, we place people from sealed areas into home quarantine, and then, in the third stage, the process begins to isolate those who have symptoms of Covid-19 and trace their contacts, he said.

On the character 'E' of 'Operation SHIELD', Kejriwal explained that the government guarantees home delivery of essential items. After this stage, the government disinfects areas where one or two positive cases have been found.

Under 'D', a door-to-door check of houses is performed to determine if anyone in the containment has a cough or any other symptoms of Covid-19, the chief minister said.

By shedding light on the economic impact of the blockade on the state treasury, he said the government has also cut spending as tax collection is almost stopped. He added that everyone will also have to reduce expenses to their level in view of the current situation.

During a meeting with officials from the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, the health department, the police and others, LG Baijal said that capacity building of medical professionals along with all protective measures for clinical management should continue .

According to a statement issued by LG's office, Baijal emphasized the containment action plan, sharing best practices and the continued focus on follow-up and follow-up on contacts.

Strict geographic quarantine with preventive control, rigorous follow-up of contacts and improved surveillance should be the priority at this time, the statement quoted Baijal as saying.

At the Bengali market in central Delhi, one of the government-declared Covid-19 hotspots, a FIR was filed against a bakery owner after 35 workers were found to be living in unsanitary and unhygienic conditions. they complied with the rules of social distancing to contain the spread. of coronavirus.

At the Mayur Vihar extension in eastern Delhi, which has a large number of closed apartments, residents were caught in panic.

A resident of the Parwana Apartments, a few blocks from the Vardhman Apartments, said there is a sense of apprehension among people in the area.

A resident of Samachar Apartments, which is very close to Vardhman Apartments, said that a tent has been erected outside the building and that there is a heavy deployment of police personnel in the area.

People in some localities began to panic over rumors that the seal was spreading to their areas where suspected coronavirus cases were reported.

After some suspected cases of coronavirus were reported near Block H of Lajpat Nagar-1 in South Delhi, all stores near Krishna Market were asked to close and the entire area was disinfected.

An umbrella body of city residents' welfare associations also urged authorities to interact with community leaders through videoconferences every day to share information and note complaints and anomalies, if any, in the implementation of the blockade. .

Atul Goyal, president of the United Residents Joint Action (URJA), said it will only be appropriate and appropriate if district authorities disseminate or share information related to the coronavirus and confinement with community leaders and RWAs in each neighborhood in the colony level and day block.

Meanwhile, 190 cases and 3,954 people were arrested in the national capital for violating government orders during the shutdown.