Coronavirus update: Trains to restart from New Delhi from Tuesday

Only online researvations to open tomorrow; no counter tickets yet

By DTE Staff
Published: Sunday 10 May 2020

The Delhi government May 10, 2020 issued a new protocol to check whether deaths from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were being under-reported. According to the state administration: 

It has been observed that both public and private hospitals are not reporting the death of positive cases occurring in their hospitals in regular and timely manner. Despite repeated reminders, the death summaries of the deceased patients are not being submitted to the death audit committee resulting in incorrect / delayed reports being submitted.

The new protocol mandates: Every death must be reported to district and state surveillance units besides detailed information for the audit committee. Every hospital will have to appoint a nodal officer for the purpose. If there is no death, a report stating ‘NIL death’ must be submitted by 5pm every evening. If a hospital fails to do so, despite reminders, until 6pm, it would have to offer a written explanation by 11am the following day. 
  • The National Institute of Virology has developed an antigen-based ELISA tests for COVID-19 testing. These can test 90 samples in 2.5 hours — the current PCR (polymerase chain reaction tests) take 48 hours. Some states have complained of tests taking even a week for results. The technology has been transferred from NIV to Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila for mass production of kits, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said.
  • Indian Railways said it would restart running trains from May 12, 2020. Initially 15 pairs (30, up and down) will roll out from New Delhi Station to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. Berths / seats will be opened for reservation will open 4 pm, May 11 online, but not at counters.
  • India’s COVID-19 death toll was 2,109 by May 10 morning.
  • The global toll was at 281,174.

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