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In an effort to reduce Covid-19 mortalities, the Delhi government has asked all Covid testing centres to mandatorily check oxygen saturation levels of everyone who gets tested. Those having an oxygen saturation level below 94% will have to be mandatorily examined by a doctor. On Tuesday, 83 fatalities were recorded — the highest in over five months — taking the death toll to 7,143. For over four days now, Delhi has been recording over 70 fatalities a day — a total of 310 deaths were reported in these days alone.

The order, issued by Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Udit Prakash Rai, directs all centres to implement the guidelines with immediate effect. The directives were issued after several patients visiting hospitals were found to have progressed to either moderate or severe categories of Covid-19.

The state government on Tuesday announced the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the restart of local train services from Wednesday. In it, the government divided responsibilities between its officials and the railways.

According to the SOP, released by the Home and Hill Affairs Department, the railways will make an adequate number of trains available as per the requirement, and sanitise coaches daily, and as and when deemed desirable.

Wearing a face mask or cover will be mandatory for passengers. Entry and exit points will be earmarked to facilitate passengers’ movement. Some existing entry and exit points may need to be blocked, according to the government.

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