LAST UPDATED: March 24, 2021, 11:12 a.m.
New Delhi: Amid the increase in COVID-19 infections, the Delhi government has announced that random coronavirus tests will be done at Delhi’s airports, railway and bus stations.
Delhi is witnessing an increase in coronavirus cases ahead of the upcoming Holi, Shab-e-Baaraat and Navaratri festivals. The government said that safeguards for Covid-19 should be strictly enforced in public places, especially in markets and malls.
The Delhi government said that random COVID-19 tests will also be conducted for private buses at crowded boarding points. District magistrates and senior police officers of all districts have been ordered to strictly follow the instructions.
“Random testing of passengers coming from states where coronavirus infections are spreading very fast should be done,” the government directive states.
Daily Covid-19 growth in Delhi has crossed the 1,000 mark over the last 24 hours with 1,101 new coronavirus cases reported. The last time the daily COVID-19 cases were at level was on December 19 last year, when 1,139 new coronavirus cases were registered in the city. Four people have died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 10,967.
The number of active COVID-19 cases has crossed 4,000 and the total number of infected is 4,411. This is the highest number of total active coronavirus cases since January 6, when there were 4,481 active COVID-19 cases.
Public health experts are skeptical that the spread of coronavirus is the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. This is due to non-compliance with safety measures including the use of masks and social distancing.
As of Tuesday, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country from the UK, Brazil and South Africa is 795, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health.
Authorities in Mumbai have banned the celebration of Holi both publicly and privately, as coronavirus cases have crossed 3,500 in 24 hours. The Center said that vaccination of all people above 45 years of age will start from April 1.