Bengaluru Relief Riders Deliver Groceries, Medicines To Covid Patients, Elders

Bengaluru Relief Riders Deliver Groceries, Medicines To Covid Patients, Elders

Bengaluru's Relief Riders, who are often out on their bicycles, deliver groceries and medicines to those who are home-bound due to Covid
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Bengaluru Relief Riders Deliver Groceries, Medicines To Covid Patients, EldersCOVID warriors: In Bengaluru, some of the volunteers joined the initiative 'Relief Riders' after having themselves gone through the difficulties of dealing with Covid isolation and struggling to cope without a helping hand

Bengaluru: The pandemic, with its quarantine, isolation and lockdowns, has made running a household extra difficult – particularly for those who are Covid positive and for senior citizens. But it has also brought out a spirit of community and the intent to help. In Bengaluru, that help sometimes arrives on a cycle. The city’s Relief Riders are often out on their bicycles, delivering the much-needed help to those home-bound due to Covid. Simi Matthew, who works with an NGO, told NDTV,

We all have bicycles. What we do is we pitch in to deliver essentials like medicines and groceries and ration. These are times when people are not able to get out, especially the sick and elderly. We are able to do sorties between morning 6 and 10 am when the curfew is not happening. We pick up rations and medicines and go deliver it to them within that time.

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Reema Vazirani, another Relief Rider, stressed on the fact that the team members were following Covid protocols.

“We are taking precautions to ensure that we are not spreading Covid by doing this,” she said.

We are all volunteers who have come together. We all have our day jobs and we do this in addition to that because it is something we believe in. We are about 200 volunteers who have come together in the city of Bangalore. We started this in the first wave when the shutdown happened. And we have come back in the second wave to do this. This time we have been able to help more people. We have reached out to over 500 people.

Bengaluru Relief Riders Deliver Groceries, Medicines To Covid Patients, Elders
COVID Warriors: Bengaluru Relief Riders pitch in to deliver essentials like medicines and groceries and ration

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Some of the volunteers joined the initiative having themselves gone through the difficulties of dealing with Covid isolation and struggling to cope without a helping hand.

Hrishikesh Deodhar, a software engineer said,

I recently recovered from Covid, roughly 20 days ago, and thought I should give back to the community.  I faced some hardships during that time with medicines or general food delivery because my entire family was affected. I thought now that I have come out of it, I should help somebody else to come out of it.

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In addition to helping with food and medicine delivery, the group also helps elderly citizens with issues like paperwork involved in hospitalisation or even recharging of their phone. But the main focus of the initiative is delivery of food and medicine.

Sagar, who works on the project said,

We are giving them a ration kit that last 7 to 8 days. And a medical kit that has vitamins. Ration kit has rice, dal, rava, rasam powder, oil and all necessary things that they need for 7 days.

Many Infosys employees have contributed money towards this service, which is now active in nine cities across India. An added bonus – all the kilometres the initiative has clocked so far are all green miles, since cycles have zero carbon footprint.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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