The office of New Delhi district magistrate was sealed on Wednesday after eight civil defence volunteers working there tested positive for Covid-19

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The office of New Delhi district magistrate was sealed on Wednesday after eight civil defence volunteers working there tested positive for Covid-19, officials said.

All those who came in contact with the eight personnel will be tested for coronavirus, a senior official said, adding that contact tracing has also been undertaken to ascertain who came in their contact.

The eight personnel who tested positive were deployed at the district disaster management authority control room for Covid-19 inside the DM’s office complex, officials said.

The office was sanitised and sealed after their test report came and all the senior officers, including the district magistrate and staff members, worked from home, officials said.

The eight personnel were involved in field work like distribution of masks and other relief works. They have been admitted at the YMCA care centre.

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With the number of Covid-19 patients growing rapidly in Agra, the district is continuing to remain on top of the media attention, as well as being an eyesore for the central and state governments.

The ruling BJP holds all the cards in Agra with two MPs, nine MLAs, Mayor and corporators, all belonging to the party, which has made the party representatives look outside to blame someone for the Covid-19 outbreak and the local officials are having to bear the brunt.

Two Union Ministers have already called up journalists in Agra to know about the condition at ground-level and the central government does not appear too happy about the lack of progress in controlling the outbreak in the city.

All the public representatives, including the MPs, MLAs and the Mayor, met the Uttar Pradesh government’s team of senior nodal officers recently and made them aware of the dismal condition at the quarantine centers of Agra and also highlighted the careless attitude of the SN Medical college staff in providing treatment to Covid and non-Covid patients.

The case of a cancer patient was also highlighted, who had been seriously mauled by rats inside the cancer ward of the medical college. Another case, where a Muslim’s dead body was handed over to Hindus for cremation was also raised. Apart from these, the cases of patients being turned away from the hospital without treatment and their subsequent deaths were presented with evidence before the officials.

One of the public representatives, who was present at the meeting said that the nodal officers were asked to appoint a magistrate at the SN Medical College and the Agra District Hospital, so that the treatment of all patients could be done properly. Nodal Officer Alok Kumar assured the representatives that he will look into this issue and do the needful.

Fatehpur Sikri MP Raj Kumar Chahar raised the issue of Covid-19 spreading in rural areas of Agra and demanded the state government and local administration to take steps to control this spread, otherwise things could get a lot worse in the coming weeks.

Mayor Naveen Jain said that the highest number of complaints were against the former CMO Dr Mukesh Vats and SN Medical College Principal Dr GK Aneja and some concrete steps should be taken now to ensure that such complaints are not repeated. Agra MP SP Singh Baghel stressed on the appointment of a magistrate at the SN Medical College who can keep an eye on the treatment protocols being followed at the medical college and take action accordingly, if something was found lacking.

Baghel said that a lot of complaints are coming about the people appointed as ‘Corona fighters’ by the local administration and these complaints should be investigated properly.

MLA Yogendra Upadhyay complained that the police was not allowing anyone to enter SN Medical College, beating up anyone they found on the road, without even asking for a reason. This atrocity needs to stop immediately as caregivers of patients were being regularly beaten up by the police at the Medical College, he said.

The BJP MLA enumerated some of the demands raised by the public representatives, which included the screening of everyone within a hotspot and sanitisation of every household. He said that the appointment of a magistrate and the Public Relations Officer at the Medical College was imperative so that the relatives of patients admitted in the Medical College could get proper information.

Upadhyay further said police brutality on roads in the name of lockdown enforcement should stop immediately. He said the police may issue challans, but beating up people should be strictly prohibited. Also, people who had been forced to overstay at the quarantine centers should be released immediately after a final checkup.

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Irfan Pathan and Shikhar Dhawan caught up in an Instagram live session and discussed on a range of topics from Pathan’s commentary to Warner’s comments on India opener.

Shikhar Dhawan and Irfan Pathan represented SRH in IPL 2014. (Courtesy by BCCI)

Shikhar Dhawan and Irfan Pathan represented SRH in IPL 2014. (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • When we used to play, we did not use to like the commentators: Pathan
  • Dhawan responded to Warner’s claims, saying that being an opener, he has to face the pacers
  • As a commentator, my motto is to try and make the game beautiful: Irfan Pathan

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who has taken up commentary after his retirement, on Wednesday explained that his motto as a commentator is to present the game as it is happening live. Pathan, who bossed the proceedings with the ball on the field, is also shining in the commentary box and even the fans are taking a liking to it.

Irfan Pathan caught up with India opener Shikhar Dhawan in an Instagram live session and said that he used to dislike the commentators in his playing days.

“When we used to play, we did not use to like the commentators. We used to think what are they thinking, they don’t know anything, they forgot their time. But now when we are commentating, we understand. If Shikhar scores a hundred then we would have to praise his innings but if the same Shikhar gets out on 0, then we will have to talk about how Shikhar failed. As a commentator, my motto is to try and make the game beautiful according to what is going on live,” Irfan Pathan told Shikhar Dhawan in an Instagram live session on Wednesday.

Shikhar Dhawan responded to David Warner’s claims mentioning that being an opener, he has to face the pacers irrespective of the fact that if he is taking the strike on the first ball of the match or not

“See, everyone has their own views, but, it’s been 8 years since I’ve started opening for Team India, I will obviously face pacers, if I am not facing in the first over, I’ve to face at least in the second over. I played for Team India in all three formats as an opener. Of course, if we are playing on seaming wicket, it’s tough but we will fight it out,” Shikhar Dhawan said.

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The returnees, mostly students and migrant workers, had started their journey from Chennai on May 10.

The train reached Jiribam Railway Station in Manipur on Wednesday.

The first special train carrying over 1,100 people, who were stranded in other states, reached Manipur on Wednesday.

The returnees, mostly students and migrant workers, had started their journey from Chennai on May 10.

After the Indian Railways partially resumed operations, the special train carrying a total of 1,141 people from Manipur reached the Jiribam Railway Station on Wednesday.

After arriving at the Jiribam Railway Station, Manipur government’s Covid-19 response teams received the passengers, screened them and conducted other necessary health check-ups. The Covid-19 response teams screened all the passengers whilst maintaining social distancing.

The Manipur government had arranged nearly 50 buses to transport the passengers to their respective districts.

The Manipur government has ordered 14-day compulsory quarantine at designated institutional and community quarantine centres for everyone coming from other states.

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