Soumya Pillai covers environment and traffic in Delhi. A journalist for three years, she has grown up in and with Delhi, which is often reflected in the stories she does about life in the city. She also enjoys writing on social innovations.
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The Delhi government will set up monkeypox information desks across the city and play pre-recorded messages on district helplines, in a move to ease concerns about the viral infection that has spread to 19 countries so far, said health department officials aware of the matter
NRAI’s statement came a day after the government’s department of consumer affairs said it was calling a meeting with restaurant owners to discuss why some consumers were being forced to pay service charge despite the government making it optional in 2017.
A senior official of the Delhi government’s health department said that the idea is to ensure basic cardiac life support to a patient in the case of a medical emergency before they are hospitalised.
IMD readings showed that in most parts of the Capital, wind blew with speeds up to 40kmph on Saturday.
During his visit, Rao also interacted with students from the school, and said that he was “impressed by the mindset of leadership that students have developed”. Rao is currently in Delhi for a week to attend political meetings and social programmes.
IMD recordings showed that heatwave conditions continued in the Capital on Friday, with the maximum temperature at the Safdarjung weather station settling at 44.4°C — five degrees above the season’s normal.
IMD data from the past week shows that 80-90% of the 11 stations in Delhi recorded temperatures higher than the official maximum
As the national capital copes with a severe heatwave -- temperatures went above 49 degrees Celsius in parts of Delhi on Sunday -- hospitals have reported a noticeable spike in the number of heat-related ailments
To identify the dead, police are working with the forensic science experts. A team of FSL senior experts visited the site and collected forensic samples
When the fire spread, the people inside the building were on different floors. On the first floor the employees were working at the offices of the CCTV and Wifi router assembly unit. Most people were on the second floor attending the motivational speaker’s session.
The fire, which broke out at the illegal building near the Mundka Metro station on Friday evening, was likely caused by a short-circuit on the first floor, the police said.
Taking note of the low turnout for Covid-19 booster shots in the national capital, senior officials from Delhi health department said they will conduct a detailed survey to explore the reasons for the depleted numbers at vaccination centres for the third dose and undertake necessary remedial steps
On the occasion of Mothers’ Day on May 8, doctors say mothers form the largest donor group in liver transplants
The weather system had intensified into a depression, and at 11.30am on Saturday, lay 170km west of Car Nicobar Island and 300km south-southwest of Port Blair, it said in a special bulletin.
As a whole, India has recorded the fourth hottest April ever.
India as a whole recorded the fourth hottest April month, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said adding that higher than normal maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to continue in northwest and central India in May.
- Advocate Satya Ranjan Swain, appearing for AIIMS, told the court that Kajla instigated, threatened and created an atmosphere of fear among nurses and other staff.
- In an order issued by the AIIMS administration on Monday, nursing officer Harish Kumar Kajla was suspended with “immediate effect” for heading the protests and misbehaving with the duty officer on Saturday.
- Delhi on Monday recorded 1,011 new Covid cases and one death from the disease, according to the Delhi government’s daily health bulletin.
- Delhi government data shows that on Saturday, of 3,705 active cases in the city, only 101 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals. This means that nearly 99% of Delhi’s 9,489 hospital beds are vacant.
- Data from Delhi’s government hospitals show that of the 91 patients currently admitted in hospitals, only eight are children who have been advised institutional care because of pre-existing co-morbid conditions.
While experts stood divided over the reintroduction of fines for violating the mask norms, a majority of doctors believed that mandatory masking could help control the rise in Covid infections.
- Due to the targeted testing, the test positivity rate – a bellwether figure for outbreak trends – has shot up.
The people added that the messaging from the removal of the ₹500 fine for not wearing masks appeared to have led to a lowering of the guard, and consultations are now underway on bringing back the mandate.
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At the same time, however, the state health department is likely conduct genome checks on samples from all fresh Covid-19 cases, in a bid to ascertain if there is any pattern to the rise in cases, and if the XE variant of the coronavirus has made its way to Delhi.
Private vaccination centres will be allowed to charge a maximum of ₹150 per dose as service charge in addition to the cost of the vaccines, the ministry said. The price of Covishield and Covaxin has been reduced to ₹225 at private facilities.
The decision to open the third dose for all comes at a time when China is seeing a fresh surge in infections, though India’s pandemic situation is under control
Delhi added 126 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, with 1.12% of the tested samples returning positive samples. The test positivity rate was 1.05% on Tuesday and 1.34% on Monday, when it breached the 1% mark for the first time in 38 days
A senior health department official said the Covid care centres and health centres will be closed in a phased manner by mid-April, noting that there have been no admissions in these centres since March 12.
According to health department officials, the number of vaccination centres was reduced as the Delhi government had decided to do away with centres being run from government schools due to reopening of schools in the Capital.