Dismissing media reports which claimed that flight and train services between Delhi and Mumbai likely to be suspended amid a surge in coronavirus cases, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has asserted that they are yet to receive any such information on the suspension of flights between the two metro cities. The Ministry of Railways has also issued a clarification, stating that it has not taken any decision regarding the cancellation of trains on the Mumbai Delhi sector. “There have been reports in a section of media today about the cancellation of certain trains on Delhi Mumbai sector. It may be clarified that Railways has NOT taken any decision regarding cancellation of trains on Mumbai Delhi sector”, tweeted the Indian Railways. Earlier on Friday, several media reports had claimed that the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government is planning to stop flights, trains from Delhi to Mumbai as COVID-19 cases in the national capital have witnessed a sudden rise in the last few days.
A total of 7,546 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi on Thursday (November 19) taking the total count to 5,10,630. According to the Delhi Health Department, 6,685 people recovered from the coronavirus on Friday and the total recoveries now has gone up to 4,59,368.
Meanwhile, the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration in Uttar Pradesh is conducting random COVID-19 tests in a move to keep a check on the coronavirus cases.
The reason behind the step is the rising coronavirus cases in the national capital.
As per officials, random sampling on the lines of Noida will begin on Faridabad-Delhi border from 2 pm on Friday. Haryana DG (Health) visited Faridabad on Thursday, following which he ordered random sampling on the city’s borders with Delhi.
In Gurugram, random sampling of commuters for Covid-19 will be done by the health department at Kherkidoula toll, Sadar Bazar, malls, bus stand and government offices, officials said.
The decision for random sampling of commuters comes amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi. Delhi continues to report highest daily new cases in India. In the last 24 hours, ending Friday morning, Delhi recorded 7,500 new cases of coronavirus. Delhi witnessed a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases since October 28 when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11. The random testing was announced by District Magistrate Suhas LY after a meeting with senior officials amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi.
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