Urging the individuals to not panic over the pandemic scenario, the federal government on Monday stated it was attempting to handle the issue of transportation of medical oxygen to high-demand areas and roped in retired medical personnel of the armed forces to work in COVID-19 services as every day instances hit a brand new peak at 3,52,991 with a file 2,812 extra fatalities.
Karnataka, Delhi, Jharkhand underneath lockdown-like restrictions
With no let-up within the second wave, Karnataka imposed a 14-day shutdown, after Delhi and Jharkhand took an analogous step final week, whereas lockdown-like restrictions together with evening curfew continued in lots of different states.
Concentrate on vaccination
Delhi and Karnataka joined a number of others states who’ve introduced free vaccine for all adults from Could 1, when the eligibility age for the vaccination might be relaxed to 18 years.
Put on masks even inside properties: Govt
Urging the individuals to get vaccinated and observe COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, the federal government stated it’s time they begin sporting masks inside their properties as effectively.
Addressing a press convention, NITI Aayog member (Well being) Dr VK Paul stated a COVID-positive particular person should put on the masks inside the home as effectively to stop different relations from getting contaminated.
Sufficient oxygen inventory within the nation, says Govt
Amid extra disquieting developments associated to the scarcity of oxygen in hospitals in excessive caseload states together with the dying of 5 sufferers in Haryana, the federal government asserted that there’s satisfactory inventory of the life-saving fuel.
“Now we have sufficient inventory of oxygen. The problem is transportation which we are attempting to resolve by the energetic involvement of all stakeholders,” Extra Secretary within the Ministry of Residence Affairs Piyush Goyal stated.
No have to panic, govt tells individuals
“There may be completely no have to panic for oxygen,” Goel stated, including the central authorities is monitoring the motion of oxygen tankers on a real-time foundation by way of GPS and making them accessible to hospitals on the shortest attainable time.
In the previous few days, hospitals in Delhi, Punjab, Maharashtra and Haryana have reported deaths amid the scarcity of medical oxygen. The Centre has deployed IAF planes and trains to help in transportation of oxygen whereas cryogenic tankers have been being imported from overseas.
Girls can take vaccine duirng menstruation
The federal government additionally pitched for expediting the tempo of the vaccination drive and asserted that girls can take COVID-19 vaccine throughout menstruation as effectively. It pressured that rational use of medical oxygen and applicable prescription of medication resembling Remdesivir, Tocilizumab are crucial within the struggle towards the pandemic, amid complaints of their scarcity.
A day after banning the usage of liquid oxygen for non-medical functions, the federal government on Monday allowed three sectors — ampules and vials, pharmaceutical and defence forces — to make use of the commodity Joint Secretary within the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare Lav Agarwal stated many individuals have been discovered to be occupying hospital beds out of panic. Hospital admission ought to solely be on the recommendation of medical doctors, he pressured.
Hoarding of oxygen, remdesivir creating panic, says AIIMS Director
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria had earlier stated that hoarding of oxygen and injections like remdesivir in properties is creating panic and inflicting a scarcity of those medicines.
Covid-19 a gentle an infection: Well being Ministry
“COVID-19 is a gentle an infection and 85-90 per cent individuals will solely endure from chilly, fever, sore throat and bodyache. Solely symptomatic therapy at dwelling is sufficient to journey by way of these infections and there’s no want for oxygen or remdesivir,” he was quoted as saying in a Well being Ministry assertion.
Energetic instances in India cross 28-lakh mark
India’s complete tally of COVID-19 instances has climbed to a staggering 1,73,13,163 whereas energetic instances have crossed the 28-lakh mark, amid a crippling scarcity of beds, oxygen and different medical facilities.
The dying toll elevated to 1,95,123 with a file 2,812 new fatalities, in accordance with the Union Well being Ministry information up to date on Monday morning. The two,812 new fatalities embrace 832 from Maharashtra, 350 from Delhi and 206 from Uttar Pradesh.
The Supreme Courtroom has additionally superior its summer time trip, which is able to now begin work from Could 8, in view of the sudden surge in COVID-19 instances.
With an unprecedented stress on healthcare personnel as a result of pandemic, the federal government stated all medical personnel of the armed forces who’ve retired or have taken pre-mature retirement within the final two years are being recalled to work in COVID-19 services inside proximity of their current place of residence.
CDS meets PM Modi on Covid scenario
Chief of Defence Employees Basic Bipin Rawat knowledgeable Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this choice as they reviewed preparations and operations being undertaken by the armed forces to take care of the second wave of the pandemic raging throughout the nation.
Different medical officers who retired from the armed forces sooner than two years have additionally been requested to make their providers accessible for session by way of medical emergency helplines, a press release stated.
Modi reviewed the operations being undertaken by Indian Air Drive as effectively to move empty oxygen tankers and different necessities in India and from overseas. An Indian Air Drive plane was on Monday despatched to Dubai to airlift seven empty cryogenic oxygen containers, officers stated.
Earlier, 4 cryogenic tanks for transportation of oxygen have been introduced from Singapore by IAF on Saturday.
“IAF C-17 plane reached Dubai right this moment to airlift extra empty O2 containers to complement efforts to boost oxygen availability in present COVID-19 surge. Effort is being coordinated by MHA,” a house ministry spokesperson tweeted.
Pitching in, Air India introduced 328 oxygen concentrators to India on its New York-Delhi flight on Monday. The cumulative variety of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered within the nation has crossed 14.19 crore because the world’s largest vaccination drive accomplished 100 days on April 25, the Union Well being Ministry stated.
Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala account for 58.7 p.c of the cumulative doses given to this point within the nation, the ministry stated. The ministry additionally stated that these states together with Delhi and Tamil Nadu have reported 74.5 p.c of the brand new instances.
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka amongst states reporting highest every day instances
Maharashtra has reported the very best every day new instances at 66,191. It’s adopted by Uttar Pradesh with 35,311 whereas Karnataka reported 34,804 new instances. “Strict measures to regulate COVID might be taken. From tomorrow evening until subsequent 14 days there might be a detailed down for the entire state,” Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa introduced.
Numerous hospitals throughout the nation proceed to grapple with a extreme scarcity of medical oxygen on Monday even after receiving emergency provides.
5 COVID-19 sufferers, together with one from Delhi, died at a non-public hospital in Haryana’s Hisar with family of the deceased holding a protest attributing their dying to an alleged grave scarcity of medical oxygen on the facility.
It occurred inside 24 hours of two comparable incidents in Haryana, whereby eight individuals died in two non-public services in Rewari and Gurgaon allegedly on account of scarcity of medical oxygen. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar stated a magisterial probe has been ordered into the incidents. On the similar time, he dominated any scarcity of medical oxygen within the state.
Three COVID-19 sufferers on ventilators with excessive stream oxygen died on account of technical points in supplying the life saving fuel in Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, officers stated.
Tamil Nadu has determined to permit Vedanta’s Sterlite Industries in Tuticorin to provide oxygen for 4 months amid surging covid instances, paving the best way for the partial reopening of the copper smelter closed in 2018 over air pollution issues.
Vedanta stated it was dedicated to creating the complete manufacturing capability of 1,000 tonnes accessible for producing medical-grade oxygen and that it was working to dispatch it to crucial areas within the state on precedence.
Madras Excessive Courtroom lashes out at Election Fee
Additionally on Monday, the Madras Excessive Courtroom castigated the Election Fee over the COVID-19 second wave within the nation, holding it ‘singularly’ liable for the unfold because it referred to as it the “essentially the most irresponsible establishment” and even stated its officers could also be booked underneath homicide fees.
The EC permitting political events to take out rallies and conferences had led to the unfold of the pandemic, the court docket stated.
The primary bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the stinging commentary on a public curiosity litigation. The judges additionally orally warned that they’d not hesitate to cease the counting of votes on Could 2. The state had reported 15,000 new instances on Sunday, whereas its energetic instances are multiple lakh.
Elections have been held in 4 states–Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and West Bengal — and the union territory of Puducherry and the counting of polled votes might be taken up on Could 2. The seventh penultimate part of polling in West Bengal was held Monday, with the final part scheduled on April 29.
In the meantime, extra international locations have provided help to India to fulfill the COVID problem. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his Microsoft counterpart Satya Nadella have additionally assured of assist.
“Devastated to see the worsening Covid disaster in India. Google & Googlers are offering Rs 135 crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical provides, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to assist unfold crucial data,” Indian-origin Google CEO Pichai stated in a tweet.
US President Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris guarantee help to India
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have assured India and its individuals of offering all help, together with urgently sending crucial medical life-saving provides and gear, to assist the nation fight the lethal coronavirus disaster. | Learn Extra
“Simply as India despatched help to the US as our hospitals have been strained early within the pandemic, we’re decided to assist India in its time of want,” Biden stated in a tweet.
A number of Indian-American organisations have launched fundraising campaigns to struggle the pandemic in India. Australia stated it would ship oxygen, ventilators and private protecting gear to India as a part of a direct help package deal.
Britain, Germany and the European Union have earlier introduced that they have been sending help to India.
(With inputs from PTI)