Random testing of coronavirus will be held across Delhi’s airports, railway and bus stations, the Delhi government declared today amid a surge in infections that is seen as the emergent second wave of the virus. A bar was also placed on the public celebration of the coming Holi, Shab-e-Barat and Navratra festivals.
The Delhi government said random testing will also be held at gatherings of private buses. The district magistrates and senior police officers of all districts were ordered to strictly follow the instructions.
The government directive said “Random testing of travellers coming from states where corona infection is spreading very fast” should be done.
Delhi is not among the 7-plus states that are witnessing a huge spike in cases. The numbers in the national capital, though, are rising fast.
The daily Covid surge in Delhi has crossed 1,000 — over the last 24 hours, 1,101 new cases were reported. The highest number of cases was reported in a single day on December 19, when the city logged 1,139 new cases.
Four persons have died in the last 24 hours, taking the number of fatalities to 10,967.
The number of active cases has crossed 4,000 — the exact figure was 4,411. This is the highest number of infections logged over a 24-hour period since January 6, when 4,481 active cases were reported.
It is suspected that the resurgence of the virus — which is identified as the emergent second wave of Covid in the country — was triggered by mutant forms of the virus.
As of today, the total number of infections with UK, Brazil and South Africa variants in the country stood at 795, shows data from the Union Health Ministry.
Earlier today, the civic authorities in Mumbai barred the celebration of Holi in both public and private as the 24-hour surge crossed 3,500. The Centre today said vaccinations of all people above the age of 45 years will begin from April 1.