Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said the testing capacity for COVID-19 has reached the "saturation level" in the national capital and laboratories here are finding it difficult to release results of all RT-PCR tests within a day.
Covid-19 cases are on rise in some states including Delhi. Indian Railways taking precautions and covid-19 tests are being conducted at railway stations. The passengers from Delhi going to other states are being checked at New Delhi railway station. The health workers are collecting swabs from passengers for Covid-19 test at the station before boarding the train.
Bracing overnight rains and chilly winds, thousands of protesting farmers on Thursday assembled at various places along the Haryana borders in Punjab amid mounting tension. They have been stopped by the Haryana Police while heading towards the national capital for their 'Delhi Chalo' protest against the three Central farm laws.
Modified tractors, carrying rations, woollens, essential items and people, trundled through Haryana in the chilly winter evening as thousands of Punjab farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws, slowly moved closer to Delhi, undeterred by police barricades, tear gas and water cannons. "More than 50,000 farmers will be standing at the Delhi border by today evening," two farmers' bodies claimed. Close to midnight, water cannons started up at Haryana's Sonipat to disperse a small group of Punjab farmers. The day has been replete with clashes -- on one occasion the protesters even pitched the yellow iron barricades into the river below while trying to cross a narrow bridge. Leaders in Punjab and Haryana, meanwhile, sparred on Twitter over the issue.
The Delhi High Court Thursday termed as "completely unjustified" the Rajasthan Police's action of forcibly taking away a 26-year-old woman from the national capital in connection with a kidnapping case lodged by her family and directed action against the officials by the state.
Delhi is geared up for the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the city's entire population can be covered in a month if hospital staff and nurses are involved, State Immunization Officer Suresh Seth said on Thursday.