*CM’s critical interventions show results - deaths show steep decline*
NEW DELHI,11.07.20-Zero deaths took place in home isolation in first week of July, total number of daily deaths has also shown a sharp decline. These are the findings of a Delhi government’s study. CM had directed Health Department to study all deaths in last fortnight to understand what steps could be taken to further reduce deaths. The Health Department presented these findings to the CM on 10 July.
During the fortnight 24 June and 8 July, a total of 691 deaths took place in Delhi, which is an average of 46 deaths per day during this period. All these deaths were studied and analyzed by the health department of Delhi government. Some of the important findings are -
* In the last few days, the no. of daily deaths have been reducing. From a high of 101 daily deaths in mid-June, daily deaths have come down to around 46 deaths a day during last fortnight marking a significant improvement.
* Delhi’s overall death rate has come down to 3.02% from 3.64% in June. However, daily average has come down to roughly 2.5% with average daily number of deaths being less than 50 and daily number of fresh cases being around 2000 in last fortnight.
* Out of a total of 691 deaths that happened in last fortnight, only 7 deaths happened in home isolation (between 24 June to 30 June). Not a single death has occurred in July of any patient under home isolation. This can be attributed to the Chief Minister’s decision to distribute oximeters to all patients under home isolation. The use of these oximeters alerts the patients of any dropping oxygen levels which is an early sign of deteriorating health.
* As per Central Government’s Paul Committee, 45% of deaths in India occur during the first 48 hours. In Delhi, this has come down to only 15%.

 Several steps taken by the government are responsible for this.
- Of the 691 deaths, 505 patients were in serious condition, when admitted to hospitals. 291 of these patients were already in a hospital when tested positive, everyone else got timely admission into the hospital. The study found delay in hospital admission in case of only 28 patients.
CM had initiated a plan to improve processes and systems at 6 crucial points of serious Corona Patients treatment cycle. This has started showing results -
1. Increased testing - Difficulty in getting oneself tested in time led to death of some serious patients earlier. This has now been resolved with increased testing
2. Emphasis on home isolation of asymptomatic and mild symptom patients released large number of hospital beds. Home isolation experience of patients was improved by daily tele-counselling and providing oxymeters so that people felt safe and comfortable at homes. Steps were also taken to ensure any escalation of symptoms were immediately dealt with.
3. Faster Ambulance response time - The ambulance response time has reduced from 55 minutes to 30.5 minutes within the last month. Many more ambulances have been hired to ensure zero refusal. This has ensured timely transportation of patients to hospitals.
4. Quick Admission Process - This was identified as a major bottleneck. CM’s representatives and separate officers were appointed for each hospital, who ensured that a patient is now first taken in and paperwork done later.
5. Easy availability of hospital beds - Several steps were taken to drastically increase the number of beds in both private and government hospitals. Now, the problems of shortage of hospital beds has been resolved. Against an availability of 15000 covid hospital beds, only 4500 are occupied today.
6. Increased ICU Capacity - As serious Corona patients, especially those with comorbidities, often need ICU, several steps were taken to increase emergency care infrastructure. Against an availability of 2000 ICU beds, only 1100 are occupied today.
With Delhi starting country’s first Plasma bank and actively encouraging people to donate their plasma, more serious patients are benefitting from Plasma therapy. It is hoped that this will further bring down the mortality rate in Delhi.
CM took a review meeting on Friday to discuss what measures need to be taken to further reduce mortality. Since now almost all deaths are taking place in hospitals (nil deaths in home isolation), therefore, it was felt that systems in each hospital need to be examined in detail. CM Arvind Kejriwal has asked for ratio of deaths to total number of patients discharged for each hospital. Hospitals with low ratio would mean better management. Good practices in these hospitals would be studied and improvements will be made in those hospitals where more deaths are taking place. CM will continue monitoring all the serious cases on a daily basis.
Overall, the reducing positivity rate, the higher testing, reducing number of deaths, high recovery rate, high availability of beds are all pointing towards the situation in Delhi improving quickly.
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All Delhi State University examinations stand canceled- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
*Delhi Govt. cancels all upcoming examinations (including all semester and final year examinations) to be conducted by Delhi State Universities*
*It is unfair to conduct examinations for students amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has already hampered their learning in the absence of regular classes, practicals, and lab work. It is also unfair to withhold their degrees now without which they cannot start with their professional journey- Dy CM Sisodia*
*Extraordinary time calls for extraordinary measures- Dy CM Sisodia*
*CM Kejriwal is going to write to the Hon'ble PM requesting him to scrap upcoming Central University exams amid the widespread coronavirus pandemic and consider awarding degrees to students based on internal assessment and previous semester marks- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
*NEW DELHI : *11-07-2020*Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia, announced Delhi Govt's decision to cancel all upcoming examinations (including semester and final year exams) at Delhi State Universities.
Addressing a digital press conference here on Saturday, Shri Manish Sisodia said, "Online classes are being streamed. But the absence of regular physical classes, lab classes, practicals, and field research has hampered with the learning of the students. It would be unfair and difficult to hold examinations for the semester for which teaching-learning was hampered," said Dy CM Manish Sisodia.
He added that the Delhi Government is of the view that in such a scenario where the teaching-learning from the syllabus of a particular semester was hampered due to the lockdown, it would be difficult to conduct examinations for that semester.
*All Delhi State University examinations stand cancelled- Dy CM Sisodia*
Highlighting the Delhi Govt's decision to take extraordinary measures in these extraordinary times, the Education Minister of Delhi said, "July is the most important month for examinations and evaluation at universities. Delhi Govt believes that in these extraordinary times, we need to make extraordinary decisions. That is why the Delhi Govt has decided that all upcoming examinations in the Delhi State Universities should be cancelled. This includes all semester and final year examinations. All upcoming examinations for students of first year, second year and third year stand cancelled."
*It is unfair to conduct examinations for students amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has already hampered their learning in the absence of regular classes, practicals, and lab work. It is also unfair to withhold their degrees now without which they cannot start with their professional journey- Dy CM Sisodia*
Delhi State Universities have also been directed to evaluate the students on the basis of already conducted exams from previous semesters, internal assessments and also come up with other progressive ways to promote the students. "The ones who were appearing for semester examinations should be promoted to next semester on the basis of internal assessment and performance in mid term exams. And the final semester/year students should also be evaluated on the previous semesters, performance in internal assessments and should be awarded degrees," he said.
"Exams cannot be conducted due to the fear of the spread of COVID 19. And awarding degrees to students is very important because they have studied for three or four years, now they want to get their degrees and start working. A lot of people might have even secured jobs and cracked interviews for companies. Let them march ahead in their professional journey and contribute to the economy," said Dy CM Manish Sisodia.
"I hope this decision will bring relief to lakhs of students studying in Delhi State universities," he added. This decision is for all state universities that come under the Delhi Govt.
The universities have been asked to come up with a set of parameters for evaluation on the basis of the students' past performance and promote or award them degrees.
*CM Kejriwal is going to write to the Hon'ble PM requesting him to scrap upcoming Central University exams amid the widespread coronavirus pandemic and consider awarding degrees to students based on internal assessment and previous semester marks- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
"For the central universities in Delhi, the decision lies with conducting or scraping the examinations lies with the Central govt. Hon'ble CM Kejriwal is going to write a letter to the PM requesting him to scrap upcoming Central University exams amid the widespread coronavirus pandemic and consider awarding degrees to students based on internal assessment and previous semester marks. This decision should not just be for Central Universities in Delhi but also for all Central Universities. A definite plan should be set for students who are already worried due to this uncertain situation," he concluded.
Dy CM added, "A prolonged lockdown was imposed due to the pandemic - COVID 19 in the entire country. During this period, every activity was completely disrupted, markets were closed, and colleges and universities were shut. The lockdown was imposed at a time when examinations were being conducted at schools. We had then decided that class 9 and class 11 examinations should not be held in Delhi Government schools, and students should be promoted on the basis of marks secured by them in previous midterm examinations and performance during internal assessments. We also requested the Union HRD Ministry, which directs the CBSE to cancel examinations of classes 10 and 12 and evaluate the students on the basis of their performance at semester examinations and internal assessment. They were hesitant earlier, but then finally agreed. The issue of conducting examinations at schools was sorted. But the decision on conducting examinations at University level was more complicated."
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*Delhi's Women and Child Development Minister inspects Phulbari Bal Griha, Aashiana Bal Griha and After Care Home for Boys in Alipur*
*The minister reviews the implementation of guidelines issued by the Delhi govt regarding COVID-19 at these centres*
*Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam inspects food distribution system for the children & finds satisfactory*
*Delhi govt is ensuring cleanliness, proper sanitisation, conducting thermal screenings of visitors at these homes: Rajendra Pal Gautam*
NEW DELHI : July 11, 2020-Delhi's Women and Child Development Minister Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam on Saturday visited Phulbari Bal Griha (First), Aashiana Bal Griha (Second) and After Care Home for Boys in Alipur. In a bid to ensure proper management and arrangements for the children residing at these homes in the time of COVID-19 pandemic the minister inspected these centres.
During the visit, Shri Gautam reviewed the implementation of guidelines issued by the Delhi Government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister asked the officials to strictly ensure the cleanliness of these child care complexes. The Delhi government officials are doing a thermal screening of the people going inside the centres. The Delhi government has also installed a sanitization machine at the main entrance of these homes.
Shri Gautam also examined the protective measures taken by the Delhi government to prevent any adverse incidents with children. Onne of the main objectives of his tour was to ensure that a safe environment is available to the children living in these homes.
The Department of Women and Child Development is looking after these Care Homes. The orphan-helpless children in the age group of 6-12 years and 12-18 years are kept in these government homes. These children are provided free housing, medical care, school education and vocational training by the government. The present capacity of 'Phulbari' is 200, 'Ashiana' is 100 and 'After Care Home for Boys' is of 15 children but currently, 69, 45 and 11 children (125 in total) are living in these homes respectively.
The Minister of Women and Child Development of Delhi in his visit noted that the administration of Child Homes is taking good care of the children living there. These children are being served morning breakfast, lunch, evening snack and dinner. They are being given fruits, milk, tea, biscuits, bread, dumplings, vegetables, lentils, rice, chapattis and puris in breakfast and meals. He also inspected the food prepared for the children and found it satisfactory.