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Delhi’s Covid-19 cases reach 2,156, with 75 new confirmed reports and no fresh fatalities




PPE kits being distributed to essential workers in New Delhi (representational image) | Photo: ANI
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New Delhi: The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital rose to 2,156 on Tuesday, with 75 new cases being reported, according to the Delhi government authorities.

It was the first time since April 8 that no fresh death due to the disease was reported in the city.

Of the 47 fatalities reported till date, 25 were aged 60 years and above, making over 53 per cent of the total, they said.

Twelve of them were in the age group of 50-59 and 10 were aged less than 50 years, officials said.

By Monday night, the number of cases of the deadly virus in the city stood at 2,081.

As many as 611 patients have recovered so far and the number of active cases is 1,498, according to the Delhi Health Department bulletin issued on Tuesday.

The number of containment zones in the city has increased to 87, with three new ones being added, the authorities said. The West Delhi district has the highest number of such containment zones, they added.

House-to-house surveillance and sanitisation of areas under containment is being done regularly in these zones.

Approximately, a population of 3,23,000 people is covered under the various containment zones, the officials said.

Sample collection and testing is also under process. A total of 5,560 samples had been collected from the different containment zones till Monday, the Health Department said earlier.

Also, the department shared the age profile of 2,145 of the total cases reported in the city.

Of these, 1,393 are aged less than 50 years, 344 are in the age group of 50-59 and the remaining 408 are aged 60 years and above.

According to the department, at least 513 patients are admitted to various hospitals like LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital, RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) and AIIMS Jhajjhar. It added that 27 patients are in the ICU and five on ventilator support.

The total number of samples sent for testing till date stands at 26,627, the Health Department said in a statement.

As many as 33,871 people, who came in contact with affected persons, are under home quarantine till date and 22,797 have completed their 14-day quarantine, it said.

The statement said an order has been issued for deputing additional medical staff to COVID Care Centres at Sultanpuri, Narela and Mandoli.

Also, the Delhi government has directed government and private COVID-testing labs and COVID hospitals to feed the requisite data of COVID-19 patients and suspected cases on the COVID App.

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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’




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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”

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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.

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