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COVID-19 Families Thank Punjab Police As Its Personnel Deliver Meals At Their Doorsteps

According to Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta, COVID canteens have been established in every district and the police teams will ensure delivery of cooked food to the COVID-19 affected families in the state

COVID-19 Families Thank Punjab Police As Its Personnel Deliver Meals At Their Doorsteps
Highlights
  • We will not let anyone sleep hungry in Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh
  • Police teams enquire about the well-being of people while delivering meals
  • Punjab Police had converted 112 Emergency Helpline into a 'Hunger Helpline'

Chandigarh: Worried that there was no food available after nine members of her family tested COVID-19 positive, a 38-year-old woman from Rajindergarh village in Fatehgarh Sahib dialled the ‘112’ helpline and a Punjab Police team immediately reached their home with the required food. “We were in dire need of food and when I got to know that the Punjab Police was delivering it to COVID-19 affected families, I dialled helpline number 112. I thank the Punjab government and Punjab Police for starting this humanitarian initiative amid a crisis,” she said.

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According to a Punjab Police statement here on Friday (May 14), she is not the only one who availed the home delivery of food. The Punjab Police on Friday received at least 70 such calls on ‘181’ helpline with request for cooked food, after which over 100 food packets were delivered at the doorsteps of COVID- affected families across the state. The move came a day after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh declared that “we will not let anyone sleep hungry in Punjab” amid the COVID-19 crisis. He also started the ‘Bhojan Helplines’ — 181 or 112 — for delivery of free cooked meals at the doorsteps of the poor or underprivileged COVID patients through the Punjab Police Department.

Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said that COVID canteens have been established in every district and the police teams will ensure delivery of cooked food to the COVID-19 affected families in the state. He said that any COVID patient lacking access to food can call 181 or 112 any time of the day or night for delivery of cooked meals at their doorstep.

While delivering food items, the police teams have been inquiring about the well-being of the families, besides offering them any other help they require, the DGP added.

A Patiala resident, whose wife and two sons tested positive, said there was no one to cook food at home so he also took the help of the helpline. He appreciated the initiative and said that in such a difficult time, when even relatives and friends are unable to come for help, the police are providing food to the people.

A couple from Ludhiana, who along with two more family members tested positive, also expressed gratitude to the Punjab government for providing them food. During the first wave of COVID, the Punjab Police had converted its 112 Emergency Helpline into a ‘Hunger Helpline’ and the department had, in collaboration with NGOs, gurudwaras, temples, and other religious institutions, successfully served over 12 crore cooked meals and dry rations in April-June last year, the statement said.

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World

24,06,78,961Cases
20,23,40,977Active
3,34,39,331Recovered
48,98,653Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.

India

3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
1,89,6946,152Active
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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