Offices reminded to strictly follow Covid-19 safeguards
With government and private offices starting to reopen with full staff strength, the health department on Thursday reached out to the district administration and police commissioner’s office to circulate an advisory on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed by offices for preventing transmission of the Covid-19 infection.
“As directed by the state health department on Thursday, both government and private offices have to follow the office SOPs to prevent Covid-19 infection from spreading. The district administration will be circulating the advisory to all corporate offices and industrial units that are running with full attendance. Even as the daily Covid-19 cases are on a downward trend, offices will have to follow appropriate Covid-19 behaviour, observe social distancing and ensure their staff is fully vaccinated,” Dr Virender Yadav, the chief medical officer of Gurugram, said.
The district on Thursday reported six new cases of coronavirus infection. At least 72 cases are currently active, while the total tally is 181,039. The death toll is 922.
According to Yadav, offices will have to follow SOPs issued by the union ministry of health and family welfare on February 13 this year. This includes symptom checks at entrances, extra precautions for workers who are at a higher risk of contracting the infection, like older people, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions, mask hygiene at all times inside the offices, restrictions on the number of people in elevators and regular sanitisation of office premises in case positive cases are detected.
The district administration officials are also preparing for a possible third Covid-19 wave and met representatives of private companies regarding the installation of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants for medical use.
Additional deputy commissioner Vishram Kumar Meena said that 14 oxygen plants will be installed in the district under Corporate Social Responsibility, of which six plants have been set up by Maruti Suzuki India Private Limited and one by Powergrid, which is the biggest oxygen plant in the state with a capacity to generate 1,650 litres per minute ( LPM). In a statement issued by the district administration, the remaining plants to be set up by other companies are in the process of being installed.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a meeting of the state cabinet at 5pm on Thursday ahead of the crucial floor test set to be held a day later. A meeting of Congress leaders was underway in Mumbai to discuss their strategy ahead of the scheduled floor test. Follow live updates here: Party leaders, including Ashok Chavan, Nana Patole, Balasaheb Thorat, Sunil Kedar, Charan Singh Sapra and Nitin Raut are attending the meeting.
The cyber cell of Dehradun police has launched a probe after some anti-social elements created a fake WhatsApp profile of the police informed on Wednesday, Dehradun district magistrate R Rajesh Kumar. The alert was issued by the district magistrate, who raised a complaint to the cyber cell for immediate action into the matter. An investigation has begun, and the number has been traced to Rajasthan, he said.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, could have to rely on private fuel stations to refuel its fleet of about 6,700 buses as oil companies have instructed retail outlets not to supply diesel in bulk because it is against the rules, news agency PTI reported. A senior BMTC official told PTI buses are refuelled at depots where they have diesel stock for about a week.
Chandigarh and its adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali received the much-awaited pre-monsoon showers on Wednesday morning that brought a significant drop in the mercury and relief from the sweltering heat. According to the India Meteorological Department, rain is forecast with the onset of monsoon by July 1 when the entire region will be covered. In Chandigarh, the night temperature was 28 degrees, a 3.4 degree fall in the past 24 hours.
Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar, who is slated to appear before a Delhi court later this week in connection with a money laundering case, on Tuesday said Shivakumar is not aware about the contents of Enforcement Directorate's charge sheet against him and is yet to receive a copy of it. A Delhi court last month summoned him and others in a money laundering case registered against him in 2018.