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COVID-19: 135 CRPF Troops In Delhi Test Coronavirus Positive; More Results Awaited

CRPF Additional Director General Jawed Akhtar’s stenographer tested positive for Covid-19 early Sunday.



NEW DELHI: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarter in Delhi was sealed on Sunday after a staff associated with a senior official tested positive for the novel coronavirus. CRPF Additional Director General Jawed Akhtar’s stenographer tested positive for Covid-19 early Sunday.

With that, the number of COVID-positive personnel in a Delhi-based battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the country’s largest paramilitary force, has risen to 135. As many as 480 personnel were tested from the 31st Battalion for COVID-19. Of the 458 test reports out so far, 135 tested positive and 323 negative from the Battalion.

ALL of the affected men belong to the 31st battalion of the paramilitary, based in Mayur Vihar Phase-III area of the national capital, that has been entirely sealed after the huge numbers of the COVID-19 infection started building up over the last few days. The 31st Battalion is one of the largest contingents of CRPF.

Personnel of this unit were deployed for rendering law and order duties along with Delhi Police in the recent past.

The force is investigating all these angles apart from an instance where it was claimed that the nursing attendant was not kept under strict quarantine in the battalion camp, leading to the spread of the infection.

Jawed Akhtar and 10 other personnel have been home-quarantined, even as authorities began contact-tracing of all the personnel who came in contact with the staffer at the headquarter building.

Earlier, CRPF DG AP Maheshwari had spent 21 days in self-quarantine after coming in indirect contact with a patient. He had later tested negative.

A mobile coronavirus testing lab has been stationed on the premises of the battalion to ensure quick collection of samples.

A special sanitisation drive is being conducted on the campus and in its vicinity, the officials said.

The brighter side is that the maximum of these infected troopers are asymptomatic and it is expected that they will be cured soon, the senior official said.

The personnel are admitted to an isolation facility of the Delhi government at Mandoli.

Twelve troopers had tested positive on Friday and a 55-year-old Sub-Inspector of this unit had succumbed to the disease early this week.


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COVID-19: 200 Special Passenger Trains To Run From Today

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.



NEW DELHI: Two hundred special trains will run across the country from tomorrow. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains.

These trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved seat for sitting accommodation. There will be no unreserved coach on the train.

Railway Ministry said, more than 1 lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel tomorrow. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period 1st to 30th June.

The passengers have to reach the station 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. All passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

Only passengers with confirmed and RAC tickets will be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train.

All passengers must wear face masks at the entry and during travel. Passengers have to observe social distancing both at the station and on trains.

On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State and Union territories.

No Linen, blankets and curtains will be provided inside the train. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel.

Online Booking of tickets for these trains is being done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. Railways has also allowed booking of reservation tickets through the reservation counters, Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents.

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.

This development comes in a move to let citizens travel to their hometowns amid the nationwide lockdown which was imposed to combat spread of novel coronavirus in the country.

The Ministry of Railways today said that more than 1.45 lakh passengers will be travelling on Monday when the 200 special trains will start their operations.

Around 26 lakh passengers have booked tickets on these special trains till 30 June, the national transporter said.

These trains also include the popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva Express and more. Railways also said that these will have both AC and non-AC classes and fully reserved coaches.

Here are the details about the special trains:


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COVID-19: Rajasthan Govt Issues New Guidelines Regarding Lockdown

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.



JAIPUR (Rajasthan): The Rajasthan government has today issued new guidelines regarding the lockdown. Additional Chief Secretary of the Home Department Rajiv Swaroop told that public transport will now operate on all the routes in the state except containment zones.

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.

Zoo, biological parks, sanctuaries, tiger reserves and national parks will be re-opened for tourists from tomorrow – along with many other activities.

All medical services will be resumed in SMS Hospital of Jaipur from tomorrow. Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma told that the SMS hospital has been declared non-COVID.

Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has issued the time table for the remaining examinations of class 10th and 12th. These examinations will be held from 18th to 30 June.

Meanwhile, the current system in the State courts has been extended till June 14. Subordinate courts will hear the most urgent cases through video conferencing.

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COVID-19: India’s Recovery Rate Now Nearly 48%

The highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram. 



NEW DELHI: COVID-19 cases in India has reached 1,73,763. But there is a silver lining that the overall recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 47.76 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were found cured.

A cumulative total of around 87,000 people have been cured so far.

The number of cases under active medical supervision is around 90,000.

On March 25, when the lockdown was enforced across India, 43 people affected with coronavirus were cured, which was 7% of the total 606 cases. Health and Family Welfare Ministry data reveals that in different phases of lockdown, the recovery rate has improved continuously.

In the first phase of lockdown, the recovery rate reached to 11.42 per cent and in the second phase, it crossed the 27 per cent mark.

During the third phase of lockdown which ended on 18th May, the figure of recovery rate reached to 38.29 per cent.

At present, the highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram.

There are 17 States and Union Territories including Punjab, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, which are above the national recovery rate of 47.40 per cent.

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