Day 16 of lockdown: Ground report from cities

NEW DELHI: The number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 5,734 on Thursday forcing state governments and various city administrations to enforce even stricter measures to enforce the lockdown. Several state governments enforced complete lockdown of hotspots in their states. So far 166 people have died of the virus in the country.

Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from various Indian cities —
1

Delhi<br>

  • Rapid testing for Covid-19 will be started as soon as the testing kits arrive. Testing will be first done in city’s hotspots: Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain
  • Till now, there are 669 Covid-19 cases, including 426 cases from Markaz, in Delhi: health minister Satyendra Jain
  • A doctor, a member of nursing staff and a sanitation worker at Delhi State Cancer Institute test positive for Covid-19, a total of 21 healthcare workers here have tested positive. The samples of 19 admitted patients also sent for testing. 45 hospital staff home quarantined.
  • Delhi has eight private labs and seven government facilities approved for Covid-19 testing. Together, they have conducted 9,332 tests till date, in which 588 (6%) proved positive and 7,897 (85%) negative. The results of the remaining are awaited.
2

Mumbai

  • 464 cases registered under section 188 of IPC against violators of lockdown in Mumbai yesterday. 3,634 cases have been registered against violators since March 20. A total of 2,850 people have been arrested and released on bail till yesterday: Mumbai Police
  • BMC orders ban on all vegetable/fruit markets, hawkers and sellers in containment area/buffer zone in Dharavi, during the lockdown period, as a precaution against Covid-19. Pharmacies in the area are allowed to remain open.
  • Public sector lender Bank of Baroda on Thursday said it has rolled out a mobile ATM which will move in various parts of Mumbai to help customers withdraw money in their localities. The mobile ATM will move around various residential colonies of the city.
  • Mumbai NGO prepares personal protection kits for undertakers, people handling bodies of Covid-19 victims.
  • With Covid-19 cases increasing in Mumbai, BMC has marked out 381 containment zones. These are areas where Covid-19 positive cases and their high-risk contacts live.
  • Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to procure 1 lakh Rapid Test Kits for Covid-19 from South Korea
3

Chennai

  • To meet the grocery needs of city residents hit by the lockdown, Chennai Corporation will roll out 7,000 mobile grocery units across the city from Thursday.
  • Civic officials have identified 695 people with flu-like symptoms such as cough and fever after a field survey of 37.11 lakh households across the city as part of the Covid-19 containment plan. Of them, 291 have been ruled out as positive cases. The other 404 will be monitored by civic body doctors and if symptoms persist will be shifted to hospital.
4

Lucknow

  • To expedite the production of sanitizers, the state government has so far approved 66 units to manufacture sanitizers.
  • Police have stepped up vigil and barricades were erected in eight major and four minor COVID-19 hotspots in the Uttar Pradesh capital that have been completely sealed to check the spread of the deadly virus
  • UP government is using technology to limit the coronavirus contagion in 113 hotspots across 15 districts which account for over 85% of the state’s overall load of cases.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government directed school authorities across the state not to force parents to pay three-month advance fees as many are grappling with reduced earnings due to the lockdown.
5

Chandigarh

  • Punjab education department issues show-cause notices to 15 more private schools for demanding fees during lockdown period by defying govt directions. So far, 38 schools have been served notices for violation.
  • Visitors to Sector 26 vegetable market in Chandigarh will have to walk through a 16ft long and 6ft wide sanitisation tunnel that will spray a disinfectant solution on them, a move to check the spread of novel coronavirus.
  • Chandigarh district education officer Alka Mehta on Wednesday sent a circular to principals of all government and government-aided schools activities to be taken up for online classes for Class IX onwards during the lockdown.
6

Ahmedabad

  • Out of 55 new cases in Gujarat, 50 are from Ahmedabad, two from Surat and one each from Anand, Dahod and Chhota Udepur, a government official reported.
  • With 50 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Ahmedabad, the tally in the city rises to 133. This means city accounts for 55.18% Covid-19 cases in the state.
  • The Ahmedabad railway station at Kalupur has become the first in the country to install a walkthrough mass sanitizing tunnel.
  • State health department officials said that 31,257 persons are covered under cluster containment in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) area. The area includes 28 clusters and 31 health department teams have initiated a door-to-door survey.
7

Bengaluru

  • More than 70% of surgeries in Bengaluru hospitals have been deferred owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and the consequent lockdown, say doctors.
  • Social distancing went for a toss in Nandini Layout, northwest Bengaluru, on Wednesday as nearly 1,000 people formed a 1-km-long queue outside the local BBMP office to collect free milk.
  • Residents of a gated community in Whitefield on Sunday clocked over 500km to stay fit and fight the lockdown blues.
8

Hyderabad

  • TRS working president and CM KCR are ensuring that all major roads in Hyderabad whether BT or Cement are Re-laid ASAP now that there’s less/no traffic: Principal secretary urban, Telangana
  • The 21-day lockdown announced by the Centre last month to check the spread of coronavirus has triggered a reverse exodus of sorts to rural areas. Many, who still have homes and ancestral property in the countryside, have packed their bags and left their homes in the city — albeit temporarily — in a bid to stay safe from the virus. And the trend was visible in districts close to Hyderabad like Rangareddy, Nalgonda and Medak
  • In the interest of public health and safety, especially bearing in mind the spread of Covid-19, the state government on Wednesday promulgated the ban on spitting pan, any form of chewable tobacco or non-tobacco products and sputum in public places, institutions and streets once again.
  • Researchers at Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani, Hyderabad have developed a non-hazardous and reusable 3D printed Face Shield for frontline healthcare professionals fighting Covid-19. The cost estimated for manufacturing the face-shield, which is air and water insulated, is about ₹40 per shield.
  • Even as the national lockdown is winding down, authorities in Hyderabad have identified as many as 12 Covid-19 hotspots in the city based on the number of positive cases they have reported
9

Kolkata

  • MR Bangur Hospital continued to relocate more patients to various government hospitals across Kolkata on Wednesday in a bid to clear space and make it ready to exclusively host Covid-19 patients, as instructed by the state last week.
  • Several schools across Kolkata are planning to advance the summer vacation.
  • Reports of two pavement dwellers — one from Metiabruz and the other from Bowbazar — contracting novel coronavirus have prompted Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police to take a closer look at shelters housing more than 10,000 vagrants and homeless across the city.

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