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The Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Sunday visited COVID-19 camp at Delhi’s Narela. During his visit, Rawat also interacted with the doctors, including those from the Army. According to the sources, he also interacted with the civilian doctors, the military medical team and the volunteers deployed at the centre and promised all help.
Since Friday, Indian Army medical teams have been deployed at the quarantine centre in Delhi's Narela, where a number of suspected COVID-19 positive Tablighi Jamaat members are kept.
This, according to the sources, is the first time that the Indian Army was deployed to assist the civil administration in Delhi in the fight against coronavirus.
In Narela, the unoccupied flats of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) were converted into the quarantine rooms in March after the influx of Indians from foreign nations. Two medical teams with support staff were deployed in Narela after the authorities made a request to the Ministry of Defence.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said he would circumambulate the sacred Govardhan hillock in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh after the novel coronavirus outbreak is overcome. The ritual is popularly known as “Giriraj Parikrama”.
Chouhan, in an address on state-run broadcaster Doordarshan, also asked people not to conduct marriages or funerary functions at present due to the virus outbreak. "I will go for a parikrama (circumambulation) of Giriraj ji (a sacred hillock in UP”s Mathura) after the end of the coronavirus crisis," he said.
Asking people to avoid celebarting festivals or rituals that involve crowds, the MP CM said, “The virus spread in Morena because a Dubai returnee organised mrityu bhoj (a feast organised as per Hindu tradition on the 13th day of mourning after a person”s death). I request people not to hold mrityu bhoj or marriage functions etc during this time of crisis.”
(With agency inputs)