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Coronavirus Outbreak: Delhi Providing Food To Over 15,000 Homeless People Through Its Shelters Amid Lockdown

The Delhi Government has been operating and managing 234 shelter homes at various locations in the city and is now providing food to over 10,000 per day amid lockdown enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus Outbreak: Delhi Providing Food To Over 15,000 Homeless People Through Its Shelters Amid Lockdown

New Delhi: In a bid to help the poor and homeless people in coping with the nationwide lockdown being enforced in the country to break the chain of infection caused by the spread of coronavirus, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) which is an independent department under the Delhi government has started a facility of providing lunch and dinner to all in need through its night shelters across the city. While talking to NDTV about the initiative, NH Sharma, Director-Night Shelter, DUSIB said,

Lunch is being served between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM while dinner is being served between 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM. The people being served include even those who are not staying at the night shelters. The food being served includes three kinds of meals – four chapatis along with lentils and vegetable curry, six pooris along with vegetable curry and lentils and rice. The menu has been planned to keep in consideration the wholesomeness of food. The people are being told that boosting immunity is also important and so they must keep coming and eating until the fear of coronavirus lasts.

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According to Mr. Sharma, over 15,000 people are being provided with food at 192 permanent and 56 temporary night shelters across the capital since March 23. This includes over 9,000 people who are staying in the facilities as of Tuesday (March 25). These night shelters, as per Mr. Sharma are being operated and maintained through seven Shelter Management Agencies (SMAs) and Non-Governmental Organisations.

He further asserted that the SMAs and NGOs are also focusing on sanitation, hygiene, and sanitisation at the shelters. Masks are being provided to those who have cough or fever and sanitisers and soaps are being provided to the visitors for handwashing. Thermometers have also been arranged to check if anyone is having a fever. The visitors and people staying at the shelters are also being made aware of the coronavirus outbreak. However, maintaining the advised distance among the visitors is becoming a challenge. Mr, Sharma added,

We are trying to maintain a physical distance of at least 1 metre between the people visiting night shelters but since the Chief Minister made the announcement that anyone can take food from the shelters, the number of people eating at the shelters has been swelling. We are currently working on improving the facilities but we are ensuring that proper distance is maintained between people who are staying in the night shelters.

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He further shared that because of the recently imposed lockdown, a number of people who were living on footpath or bus stations or at religious places and rickshaw pullers who were living inside their vehicles are now moving to the nearest shelter. He said,

We are more than happy to welcome and serve them. The SMAs are working on increasing the number of beds and enhancing the facilities. For example, the night shelter near Kashmere Gate had a capacity of about 800 occupants but within the past two days, this shelter has got 1300 more people who need to be accommodated.

NDTV spoke with Guddu, 51 year-old-rickshaw puller in Kalkaji who is from Ara, Bihar and has been living in Delhi with his son since past five years. He said,

Because of coronavirus and the lockdown, I am left with no income source. I used to earn about Rs. 300 per day but now I can’t send anything back home nor can I buy a meal for myself. Lack of money has made life harder. So I am eating from the shelter but I am worried about my family in Bihar.

The central government has enforced a complete nationwide lockdown so that people refrain from coming in contact with persons/ surfaces infected coronavirus which was first reported in Wuhan, China and soon spread to almost all countries across the globe. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the cases of infections are on a rise every day and as on March 25 at 9:00 AM, there have been 562 confirmed cases in the country which includes 41 recoveries and nine fatalities.

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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