7.59 am: The second Air India flight takes off from Auckland airport carrying 217 stranded Indians from New Zealand.
The second flight of Air India took off from Auckland airport this morning carrying 217 stranded Indians from New Zealand, back home under #vandebharatmisson: Indian High Commission in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/lnAXMGF4Xo
— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
7.53 am: The Delhi government is converting the Radha Soami Spiritual Centre in Chhatarpur into world’s largest temporary Covid-19 care facility with 10,000 beds, reports NDTV. South Delhi District Magistrate BM Mishra says the facility will function like 20 mini hospitals with 500 beds each.
The facility will have cardboard beds that need not be sanitised and are recyclable. “These beds need not be sanitised as the virus does not remain stable on cardboard for more than 24 hours; on metal, plastic and wood the virus can stay for up to five days,” Vikram Dhavan, director of Dhavan Box Sheet Containers Pvt Ltd, which is making and supplying the beds, tells NDTV.
The Chhatarpur centre is as large as 22 football fields, with preinstalled fans and CCTV cameras. “The facility was being used to shelter migrant workers until recently,” Vikas Sethi, secretary of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, Bhati Mines, tells NDTV. “Its community kitchens are semi-industrial and can…