The assertion got here on a day that India recorded 3,52,991 new COVID-19 circumstances and a pair of,812 new deaths, in keeping with the Health Ministry’s eight am replace.
The Union Health Ministry at a press convention on Monday appealed to the general public to not panic and stated the Centre is attempting to deal with shortages of medical oxygen and COVID-19 therapy medicine in high-demand areas.
The assertion got here on a day that India recorded 3,52,991 new COVID-19 circumstances and a pair of,812 new deaths, in keeping with the well being ministry’s eight am replace.
Meanwhile Karnataka imposed a 14-day shutdown throughout the state, every week after Delhi and Jharkhand resorted to comparable restrictions.
In Punjab, the authorities ordered a weekend lockdown and prolonged the night time curfew by two hours.
The authorities has additionally ordered the closure of retailers by 5 pm. The state had witnessed a document single-day spike of seven,014 circumstances on Sunday.
Due to steady & speedy rise of #Covid19 circumstances in Punjab, Cabinet at present has determined to impose every day lockdown from 6 PM to five AM and weekend lockdown from Friday 6 PM to Monday 5 AM. Urge you all to remain at residence & step out provided that completely obligatory. Seek your full cooperation. pic.twitter.com/gS4TFlw5lZ
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) April 26, 2021
Delhi and Karnataka joined a number of others states who’ve introduced free vaccine for all adults from 1 May, when the eligibility age for the vaccination shall be relaxed to 18 years.
Deaths allegedly as a result of oxygen scarcity have been additionally reported on Monday, with the relations of 5 COVID-19 sufferers who died at a non-public hospital in Haryana’s Hisar attributing their deaths to the shortage of oxygen on the hospital.
The police have been quoted by PTI as saying that the native administration was verifying the allegations of oxygen scarcity. The hospital administration didn’t touch upon the matter.
Three of the sufferers who died on the hospital hailed from Haryana’s Hisar district, one belonged to Delhi and different one was from Punjab, PTI reported.
Monday’s deaths in Haryana occurred inside 24 hours of two comparable incidents within the state, whereby eight folks died in two personal amenities in Rewari and Gurgaon allegedly as a result of scarcity of medical oxygen.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar stated a magisterial probe has been ordered into the incidents.
However, he claimed that there is no such thing as a scarcity of medical oxygen within the state.
Similar circumstances have been reported from Andhra Pradesh, the place three COVID-19 sufferers on ventilators with excessive stream oxygen died as a result of technical points in supplying the fuel in Vizianagaram, PTI reported.
Adequate inventory of oxygen, no have to panic: Centre
“We have enough stock of oxygen. The issue is transportation which we are trying to resolve by the active involvement of all stakeholders,” Additional Secretary within the Ministry of Home Affairs Piyush Goel stated at a press convention Monday.
“There is absolutely no need to panic for oxygen,” he added, saying that the Centre is monitoring the motion of oxygen tankers on a real-time foundation by means of GPS and making them obtainable to hospitals on the “shortest possible 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.
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.
NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul additionally addressed the press convention and stated that it was advisable to begin carrying masks inside the home, “within the family”, because the exponential surge of the second wave continued.
The authorities additionally pitched for expediting the tempo of the vaccination drive and asserted that ladies can take COVID-19 vaccine throughout menstruation as nicely. It harassed that rational use of medical oxygen and acceptable prescription of medicine corresponding to Remdesivir, Tocilizumab are important within the battle in opposition to the pandemic, amid complaints of their scarcity.
Joint Secretary within the Ministry of Health and Family 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 docs, he harassed.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria echoed Agarwal and stated that “hoarding” of oxygen and injections like remdesivir in houses is creating panic and inflicting a scarcity of those medicines.
” COVID-19 is a light an infection and 85-90 % folks will solely endure from chilly, fever, sore throat and physique ache. Only symptomatic therapy at residence is sufficient to experience by means of these infections and there’s no want for oxygen or remdesivir,” he was quoted as saying in a Health Ministry assertion.
Govt asks SII, Bharat Biotech to lower cost of vaccines: Report
The Centre reportedly requested the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech to lower cost of their COVID-19 vaccines amid criticism from varied states who accused the businesses of profiteering throughout such a serious disaster
The situation of vaccine pricing was mentioned at a gathering chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, PTI reported.
Now the 2 firms are anticipated to provide you with revised pricing for his or her vaccines.
The Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has fastened the value of its COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, at Rs 600 per dose for state governments and at Rs 1,200 per dose for personal hospitals.
The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine maker by way of quantity, has introduced a worth of Rs 400 per dose for its COVID-19 vaccine, ‘Covishield’, for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for personal hospitals.
Both vaccines can be found to the central authorities at a price of Rs 150 per dose.
On the vaccination entrance in states, the Maharashtra authorities introduced a “milestone” in its vaccination efforts, saying that over 5 lakh residents had been given the jab on Monday alone.
On Monday, Maharashtra reported the very best every day new circumstances at 66,191. It is adopted by Uttar Pradesh with 35,311 whereas Karnataka reported 34,804 new circumstances.
Maharashtra has achieved a milestone in its COVID vaccination drive at present
Over 5 lakh residents vaccinated in a day!
Soon, the mark of 1.5 crore residents vaccinated shall be achieved
CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray & Health Minister @rajeshtope11 have congratulated the equipment
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) April 26, 2021
The cumulative variety of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered within the nation crossed 14.19 crore, because the world’s largest vaccination drive accomplished 100 days on 25 April, the Union Health Ministry stated.
Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala account for 58.7 % of the cumulative doses given thus far within the nation, the ministry added.
Centre remembers retired armed forces docs to work in COVID-19 amenities
In a bid to get extra palms on deck to fight the rising circumstances, the Centre stated all medical personnel of the armed forces who’ve retired or have taken pre-mature retirement within the final two years shall be recalled to work in COVID-19 amenities inside proximity of their current place of residence.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat knowledgeable Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this resolution 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.
Meanwhile, An Indian Air Force plane was despatched to Dubai to airlift seven empty cryogenic oxygen containers on Monday. Four cryogenic tanks for transportation of oxygen have been introduced from Singapore by IAF on Saturday.
“IAF C-17 aircraft reached Dubai today to airlift more empty O2 containers to supplement efforts to enhance oxygen availability in current 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.
EC ‘singularly’ accountable for COVID-19 second wave, says Madras HC
The Madras High Court on Monday castigated the Election Commission over the COVID-19 second wave within the nation, holding it “singularly” accountable for the unfold because it known as it the “the most irresponsible institution” 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 courtroom stated.
The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the stinging statement on a public curiosity litigation. The judges additionally orally warned that they might not hesitate to cease the counting of votes on 2 May.
The state had reported 15,000 new circumstances on Sunday, whereas its energetic circumstances 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 shall be taken up on 2 May.
The seventh penultimate phase of polling in West Bengal was held Monday, with the final section scheduled on 29 April.
Google, Microsoft lengthen help to India
As extra international locations provided help to India to fulfill the COVID problem, tech giants like Google and Microsoft additionally prolonged help.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his Microsoft counterpart Satya Nadella assured assist to fight the surging second wave:
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 important info.https://t.co/OHJ79iEzZH
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) April 26, 2021
I’m heartbroken by the present state of affairs in India. I’m grateful the U.S. authorities is mobilizing to assist. Microsoft will proceed to make use of its voice, sources, and expertise to help aid efforts, and help the acquisition of important oxygen focus units.
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) April 26, 2021
A day after the US authorities promised to provide uncooked supplies required to fabricate the Covishield vaccine, Modi spoke to Biden on name. He stated, “Had a fruitful conversation with @POTUS @JoeBiden today. We discussed the evolving COVID situation in both countries in detail. I thanked President Biden for the support being provided by the United States to India.”
My dialogue with @POTUS @JoeBiden additionally underscored the significance of easy and environment friendly provide chains of vaccine uncooked supplies and medicines. India-US healthcare partnership can tackle the worldwide problem of COVID-19 .
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 26, 2021
Several Indian-American organisations on Monday launched fundraising campaigns to battle the pandemic in India.
Additionally, Australia stated it’s going to ship oxygen, ventilators and private protecting gear to India as a part of a right away help bundle. Britain, Germany and the European Union earlier introduced that they have been sending help to India.
COVID-19 caseload particulars
India’s complete tally of COVID-19 circumstances has climbed to a staggering 1,73,13,163 whereas energetic circumstances have crossed the 28-lakh mark, amid a crippling scarcity of beds, oxygen and different medical facilities.
The toll elevated to 1,95,123 with a document 2,812 new fatalities, in keeping with the Union Health Ministry knowledge up to date on Monday morning.
The 2,812 new fatalities embody 832 from Maharashtra, 350 from Delhi and 206 from Uttar Pradesh.
With inputs from PTI