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Coronavirus Update: India tally crosses 900,000 mark; 540 deaths in one day

Coronavirus latest news: Total number of cases in India has now crossed the 900,000 mark. Maharashtra has 260,924 cases, Delhi 113,740, and Tamil Nadu 142,000. 

Coronavirus India Update:

India has recorded over 28,000 new cases in a day to take its total number of Covid-19 cases to 907,645. This is the third consecutive day when India has recorded over 28,000 new cases. The country’s death toll stands at 23,727. Maharashtra has seen a spike of 6,497 cases in the past 24 hours, while Delhi has added 1,246 cases to its tally.

Coronavirus World Update:
As many as 13,236,252 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 around the world so far. While more than 7,691,451 have recovered, 575,540 have died, according to Worldometer. 
Country-wise, the United States remains the most affected. It has recorded over 65,000 cases in a day and now has 3,479,483 coronavirus cases and 138,247 deaths. Brazil has 1,887,959 cases, and 72,921 deaths, while India is the third-worst-hit with 907,645 cases and 23,727 deaths.

Air India Delhi-Moscow Flight Returns As Pilot Has COVID, Probe Ordered

Coronavirus: The Air India Delhi-Moscow plane returned midway after the pilot was found infected with coronavirus.

The aviation regulator DGCA will order a probe into a “lapse” after an empty Air India plane flying from Delhi to Moscow returned midway when the pilot was found infected with coronavirus.

The state-run carrier’s ground team realised the pilot was a COVID-19 patient only after the Airbus A320NEO had taken off.

Sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA said “prima facie, this appears to be a lapse” as the pilot was not supposed to be on the plane if he was found positive.

Air India conducts at least 200 coronavirus tests a day in Delhi alone for all its crew ahead of all flights that they operate. The results of these tests are centrally processed by the airline.

The Air India plane took off from Delhi after 7 am today and returned to the national capital at 12:30 pm, sources said.

The crew has been quarantined. Another plane will be sent to Moscow to bring back Indians, officials said.

Pilots are tested for coronavirus before they are allowed to fly.

So far 45,000 Indians have been flown home from abroad under the centre’s “Vande Bharat Mission” that was launched on May 7 to repatriate stranded Indians amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. It said one lakh more will be flown home till June 13.

Reference: NDTV

Newborn twins become Gujarat’s youngest Coronavirus Patients

A woman from Molipur village in the district, who had tested positive for the virus, gave birth to twins at the Vadnagar Civil Hospital on May 16, said Manoj Daxini, district development officer.

Twin brother and sister, born six days ago in Gujarat’s Mehsana district, have tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the state’s youngest patients for the viral infection, an official said on Friday.

A woman from Molipur village in the district, who had tested positive for the virus, gave birth to twins at the Vadnagar Civil Hospital on May 16, said Manoj Daxini, district development officer.

“This is the first case in Gujarat where newborn infants, that too twins, have tested positive for coronavirus.

While the male infant tested positive on May 18, the baby girl’s reports came on Friday,” he said.

Both infants were in a stable condition, he said.

“The woman hails from Molipur village, where several COVID-19 cases were detected after three persons who had returned from Mumbai tested positive,” Daxini said.

At least 93 coronavirus cases have been detected in Mehsana district so far.

Delhi Metro rides in Lockdown 4.0: No beeps, no frisking at security check

With indications coming that the Delhi Metro will start in lockdown 4.0 beginning from Monday, the CISF is already equipped with providing security cover to the public transport facility premises, but this time with a new set of measures that include “no beep at DFMD, no frisking” method.

 

It will be the first time in the Delhi Metro when passengers will not have to go through physical frisking by the security personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) — whose over 12,500 personnel, including women, currently guard the Metro in round-the-clock eight-hour shifts. The CISF has been guarding the Delhi Metro since April 15, 2007.

The new method will be followed among other mandatory norms by all CISF personnel deputed near X-Ray baggage scanner machine gates from where passengers get entry inside stations.

As physical frisking will not be there, it does not mean that security is being compromised. This is to maintain social distancing between the CISF personnel and the passengers only to contain the spread of novel COVID-19 disease which till Sunday has affected 116 personnel of the paramilitary force

As a total of 29 CISF personnel deputed in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have been found COVID-19 positive till Sunday, “no physical frisking” move of the force is only to maintain distancing from passengers. It will protect both passengers as well as the on duty CISF personnel.

Explaining “No beep at DFMD (Door Frame Metal Detector), no frisking” move, a senior CISF official, requesting anonymity, told IANS that “it does not mean that security will be compromised”.

“If beep sound comes when a passenger crosses through the DFMD door, he or she will be stopped and they will be asked to take out the metal carried by them. If the DFMD door does not make a beep sound, the passenger will be allowed to proceed without frisking which used to be done earlier,” the official said.

The official, however, maintained there will be more changes in the norms soon after the new guidelines of lockdown 4.0 are announced.

Stopped since March 22, Delhi Metro’s 248 stations are guarded by the CISF and the force is also responsible for provide security to the passengers on the 345 km network in what is the safest mode of transport which used to ferry around 32 lakh people per day before the lockdown.

Among the other precautions checked by the CISF would be the Aarogya Setu app in the mobile phone of every passenger, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The crowds at the Metro stations will also be checked by the CISF personnel and people will not be allowed to enter if there are enough people already inside the station.

If needed, the entry gates will be closed, the official said.

The official added that thermal screening of all passengers will be done and those having flu-like symptoms will be barred from entering.

A dedicated CISF team will intermittently check the seating arrangements to ensure that passengers sit on alternate seats. The force will also allow only limited people to stand inside the trains, the official said.

Hand sanitisers will be arranged at the entry and exit points of each station to avoid virus spread and the guards on direct contact duty will be wearing face masks and hand gloves.

Quick Reaction Teams of the CISF will be provided Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) kits so as to maintain security as well as provide help to passengers in need.

Though a decision has not been taken by the Centre on when Metro services will resume as the third phase of the nationwide lockdown ends on Sunday, the CISF is prepared with detailed norms when Metro rides will be given the nod.

 

Delhi Lockdown 4.0 guidelines: Here are all your questions answered

Nearly two months after a sweeping lockdown brought Delhi to a grinding halt, the city is set to reopen, with the local administration lifting curbs on markets, public transport, offices and construction activities.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that his government will implement the latest guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on easing restrictions, which have remained in force in the city of two crore since March 22.

What will open?

All shops in markets and shopping complexes have been allowed to open. In case of shops selling non-essential items, the odd-even policy will be followed, meaning that on a given day, half the shops in your neighbourhood market will function. However, there will be no such restrictions on shops selling essential items, such as kirana stores. This effectively means that all kinds of shops, including private liquor outlets, can now lift shutters. Government and private offices can also open with full staff strength. However, Kejriwal urged private business owners to encourage work from home for their employees.

Can I book a cab or an auto?

Yes. Kejriwal said the Delhi government has allowed cab aggregators and autos to restart services. This means your Ola and Uber booking apps will soon come back to life. However, not more than two passengers will be allowed in the cabs and autos.

Autos and taxis not attached with cab aggregators can also start plying, so can e-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws — with maximum one passenger each. People can also take out their private cars, with maximum two passengers. Pillion riding will not be allowed on two-wheelers.

What about buses and the Metro?

While buses will start operating with a maximum of 20 passengers, Metro services will remain suspended, at least till May 31, when the current phase of the lockdown ends. All public transport facilities will have to be disinfected extensively at regular intervals, Kejriwal said.

Will restaurants open?

Yes, but only to provide home delivery or takeaway. Dining facility will remain suspended. Bars and pubs will also remain shut.

Can I finally go for a haircut?

No. Barber shops, spas and salons will have to remain closed, Kejriwal said.

What else remains shut?

Shopping malls in the city will remain closed. Schools, colleges, other educational institutes, cinema halls, auditoriums, places of worship, swimming pools cannot open either.

Stadiums and sports complexes will be allowed to reopen, but will remain out of bounds for spectators.

Social, political, religious gatherings won’t be allowed either. However, marriages and funerals can be held with maximum 50 and 20 guests respectively.

In containment zones, all kinds of activities will remain suspended.

Non-essential activities will not be allowed during the 7 pm to 7 am period, which means markets will have to down shutters by evening.

What about commuting between Delhi and Noida, Gurgaon?

Kejriwal said that as of now, only those attached with essential services, such as doctors, nurses, will be allowed to cross inter-state borders. A decision on regular commuting will be taken after talks with UP and Haryana, he said.

 

Indian labour laws in light of COVID-19| BVP New Law College, Pune

The crisis of COVID-19 has opened scope for a number of discussions on labourers and laws associated with them. The global pandemic has forced many factories to shut down, leaving labourers in the country with no jobs.

Thousands of migrant workers have been returning from metropolises to their home states. While this might bring some sort of labour shortage in industrialist states such as Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, etc., states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, etc. might find it difficult to feed all those workers who have returned to their home states.

From legislature to executive to judiciary, all three governing components of the constitution are currently working on a framework that could bring labour stability in the country. In a recent development, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh suspended most of the labour laws for three years in order to fetch more investments to the states. While the government is doing its bit,let’s understand what labour laws in India look like.

Indian Labour Law in the Constitution The Constitution of India places labour as a subject in the concurrent list, which comes under both the union and state governments. India’s labour law is considered highly restrictive for companies, since it sought to give higher order of protection to workers. Labour rights are mentioned in articles 14-16, 19(1)(c), 23-24, 38, and 41-43A of the Constitution. Pune-based Bharati Vidyapeeth New Law College’s lecturer of constitutional studies states, “Article 16 specifically talks about the right of equality of opportunity for employment, while 19(1)(c) gives them the right to form associations or unions.”

In addition to various other laws, the 2008 Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act adds coverage of life and disability benefits, old age protection, health and maternity benefits for unorganised workers. Whether the abolition of labour laws in various states will hold its nerve and stay in practice or not is a matter of time. However, what can be told with certainty is that India’s labour laws are strictly in favour of workers.