Singh, who penned the letter a day after Modi held a overview assembly on the COVID-19 scenario within the nation, urged 5 measures to curb the disaster, together with ramping up vaccination and boosting the provision of medicines
This, on a day that 2,61,500 new circumstances had been recorded in 24 hours, taking the entire caseload to 1,47,88,109 and the Union Health Ministry stated that the day by day coronavirus positivity charge in India has doubled to 16.69 % within the final 12 days.
Singh, who penned the letter a day after Modi held a review meeting on the COVID-19 scenario within the nation, urged 5 measures to curb the disaster, together with ramping up vaccination and boosting the provision of medicines.
Additionally, the veteran Congress chief stated that “one must not look at absolute numbers” however contemplate the entire share of the inhabitants that has been vaccinated.
While a number of states are grappling with a scarcity in essential medical services akin to oxygen and the remdesivir drug, the numbers had been particularly grim in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh with the states reporting their highest single-day spikes in circumstances on Sunday.
The National Capital reported 25,462 new circumstances, Uttar Pradesh recorded 30,596 new circumstances.
Also writing to Modi, he stated, “The COVID situation has become very serious in Delhi. There is a huge shortage of beds and oxygen. I request that at least 7,000 out of 10,000 beds in Central government hospitals in Delhi be reserved for COVID patients and oxygen be immediately provided in Delhi. We are making all efforts at our level. Your help is needed.”
Meanwhile, in a bid to assist the states deal with a spiralling provide of medical oxygen, the Indian Railways is set to run ‘Oxygen Express’ trains over the subsequent few days, to move liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders throughout the nation.
Amid the brand new COVID-19 wave, the demand for medical oxygen within the nation has gone by the roof.
Empty tankers will start their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations in and close to Mumbai on Monday to load liquid medical oxygen from Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro, PTI quoted officers as saying.
“Railways is leaving no stone unturned in the battle against COVID-19 . We shall be operating Oxygen specific trains utilizing inexperienced corridors to get Oxygen in bulk and quickly to sufferers,” stated Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
Roll on Roll off Oxygen vehicles getting loaded for Oxygen Express. Under PM @NarendraModi ji’s management, Govt of India is dedicated to doing every little thing potential to assist COVID-19 sufferers. pic.twitter.com/dFgHeKLRxr
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 18, 2021
On the political entrance, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi cancelled his pending campaign rallies for the West Bengal Assembly election and exhorted different political leaders additionally to contemplate doing the identical in view of the COVID-19 scenario.
In view of the Covid scenario, I’m suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal.
I might advise all political leaders to assume deeply in regards to the penalties of holding giant public rallies beneath the present circumstances.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 18, 2021
West Bengal, which is witnessing an eight-phased Assembly ballot that’s slated to finish on 29 April, reported 8,419 COVID-19 circumstances on Sunday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda, and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee are among the many leaders who held rallies and roadshows within the state on Sunday.
Politics additionally performed out in Maharashtra, with the state authorities and the BJP sparring over the supply of the remdesivir drug, which is in brief provide at present.
On Saturday, the Mumbai Police detained and interrogated Rajesh Dokania, director of Bruck Pharma, on fees of stocking 60,000 of vials of remdesivir. PTI on Sunday reported that the police are more likely to quiz Dokania over the matter once more within the coming week.
Police have stated that they’d info that the remdesivir inventory was going to be flown overseas by air cargo, regardless of a ban on the export of the drug. “Dokania was questioned at the BKC police station,” the official stated, including that the cops later allowed him to go, however requested him to stay current for inquiry each time he’s known as.
However, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition and BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis visited the police station on Saturday night time, and questioned why Dokania had been detained.
Fadnavis additionally stated that the FDA had granted permission to donate the inventory of remdesevir vials to the Maharashtra authorities, as remdesevir stocked for export can’t be diverted to the home market with out the nod of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) or the FDA.
Additionally, the BJP sought an FIR towards NCP chief and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik for alleging that the Centre was blocking the provision of remdesivir e to the state. The saffron celebration accused Malik of “spreading panic through false information”.
The BJP stated the Uddhav Thackeray authorities ought to file a case towards Malik beneath the Disaster Management Act.
In view of the rising circumstances, the JEE-Main examination, scheduled to be held from 27-30 April, was postponed on Sunday. According to an official order by the National Testing Agency (NTA), “looking at the present situation of COVID-19 pandemic and likewise considering the security and properly being of candidates and examination functionaries, it has been determined to postpone JEE-(Main) April session”.
Manmohan Singh writes to Modi, suggests 5 methods to deal with COVID-19
In his letter to Narendra Modi on Sunday, Singh additionally stated that invoking obligatory licensing provisions for drug producers, and giving some flexibility to states to outline classes of frontline staff who could be vaccinated even when they’re under 45 years are among the steps that may be taken.
“The key to our fight against COVID-19 should be ramping up the vaccination effort. We should resist the temptation to take a look at absolutely the numbers being vaccinated, and focus as an alternative on the share of the inhabitants vaccinated,” he stated in his letter.
Noting that India at present has vaccinated solely a small fraction of its inhabitants, Singh stated he’s sure that with the precise coverage design, “we can do much better and very quickly”.
“There are many things we must do to fight the epidemic but a big part of this effort must be ramping up the vaccination programme,” he stated whereas making a number of options.
He stated some states might wish to designate faculty academics, bus, three-wheeler and taxi drivers, municipal and panchayat workers, and presumably attorneys who should attend courts as frontline staff, and so they can then be vaccinated even when they’re under 45 years.
The options come a day after the Congress Working Committee met and mentioned the efforts required to struggle the COVID pandemic.
Singh stated the Centre ought to publicise vaccine dose orders positioned and accepted for supply over the subsequent six months. He stated the federal government ought to point out how vaccine provides are to be distributed to states.
“If we want to vaccinate a target number in this period, we should place enough orders in advance so that producers can adhere to an agreed schedule of supply,” he famous.
The former prime minister stated the federal government ought to point out how this anticipated vaccine provide shall be distributed throughout states based mostly on a clear components.
“I believe this is the time to invoke the compulsory licensing provisions in the law so that a number of companies are able to produce the vaccines under a licence This, I recall, had happened earlier in the case of medicines to deal with the HIV/AIDS disease,” he stated.
Centre bans provide of oxygen to industries
The Centre on Sunday banned the provision of oxygen for industrial functions besides in 9 specified industries in view of the scarcity of the important public well being commodity in a number of states amid a spike in COVID-19 infections. The determination will come into impact from 22 April.
In a communication to all states, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla stated that in view of the speedy rise in COVID-19 circumstances and resultant speedy demand for medical oxygen, significantly in high-burden states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the central government-constituted Empowered Group-II has reviewed the provision of oxygen for industrial use so as to divert the identical to fulfill the rising demand for medical oxygen within the nation and save treasured lives.
Accordingly, the EG-II has advisable to ban the provision of oxygen for industrial functions by producers and suppliers from April 22 until additional orders, with exceptions of 9 specified industries.
The advice of the EG-II has been accepted by the federal government, the house secretary stated in his letter.
“I, therefore, urge you to issue necessary instructions to all the authorities concerned in your State to ensure compliance to the decision of the EG-II and take necessary measures to prohibit supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, except those exempted nine industries. It will help in augmenting supply for medical oxygen in the country and in saving precious lives,” the letter addressed to the chief secretaries of all states and union territories stated.
Mamata Banerjee calls for 5.7-cr vaccine doses for West Bengal
The West Bengal chief minister sought Modi’s intervention to make sure an ample provide of COVID-19 vaccines, medicines and oxygen to the state, which has been reporting a pointy spike in recent infections.
In her two-page letter to the prime minister, Banerjee stated that vaccines, medicines and oxygen are of paramount significance to comprise the second COVID wave.
Noting that vaccination is of prime significance in densely populated West Bengal and significantly Kolkata, she stated, “Unfortunately for us, the supply of vaccines from the Centre has been scarce and erratic, which is negatively affecting our vaccination programmes.”
“We have to vaccinate around 2.7 crore people for which we need 5.4 crore doses. We request for an urgent intervention to ensure that the state gets its requirement of vaccine doses fulfilled at the earliest,” she wrote.
She complained that her authorities needs to buy the doses from state funds and had earlier written to the prime minister about it however didn’t obtain “requisite clearance” but.
Banerjee additionally urged Modi to make sure a gradual provide of important medicines to fight the surge in coronavirus circumstances. “The supply of essential medicines like remdesivir and tocilizumab is extremely scarce and uncertain today, which has been a matter of grave concern for the doctors here. We need around 6,000 vials of remdesivir and 1,000 vials of tocilizumab every day.”
“Presently, only 1,000 vials of remdesivir are available every day and no fresh supply of tocilizumab is coming. It may be seen that the relevant authorities step up their efforts to ensure a steady supply of these most essential supplies of medicines as soon as possible,” she
Northern Railways says 463 isolation coaches prepared
The Northern Railways has deployed 50 isolation coaches, every having two oxygen cylinders, at Delhi’s Shakur Basti railway station and 25 such services shall be positioned at Anand Vihar by Monday, General Manager Ashutosh Gangal stated on Sunday.
“We have 463 such coaches throughout our community. Fifty beds have been positioned at Shakur Basti and 25 shall be positioned at Anand Vihar by Monday. We have bought oxygen cylinders and two such cylinders shall be positioned in every coach.
“If more is needed, the state government has to arrange it. However, since these coaches are for mild COVID-19 circumstances, we don’t count on big demand for oxygen,” Gangal stated.
Many younger folks testing constructive in second wave, say specialists
In comparability to the primary COVID-19 wave in India, the most recent surge is seeing many younger folks testing constructive for the illness and “are reporting symptoms different than what were common when the infection initially began spreading,” ANI quoted Dr Gauri Agarwal, founder-director, Genestrings Diagnostic Centre, was quoted as saying.
Numerous younger folks testing COVID constructive as in comparison with outdated folks. Symptoms are totally different this time. Many are complaining of dry mouth, gastrointestinal points, nausea, free instruments, crimson eyes & headache. Everyone does not complain of fever: Genestrings Diagnostic Centre chief https://t.co/3JkPwWC0si
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2021
COVID-19 caseload particulars
The Union Health Ministry on Sunday additionally stated that the weekly positivity charge has elevated to 13.54 % prior to now one month.
India reported a document 2,61,500 new coronavirus circumstances and 1,501 deaths on Sunday, whereas energetic circumstances have surpassed the 18-lakh mark, the ministry knowledge said.
Ten states — Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan — reported 78.56 % of the brand new infections, it stated.
“The daily positivity rate in the last 12 days has doubled from 8 percent to 16.69 percent,” the ministry stated in a press release. “The national weekly positivity rate has increased from 3.05 percent to 13.54 percent in the last one month.”
Chhattisgarh reported the best weekly positivity charge at 30.38 %, adopted by Goa at 24.24 %, Maharashtra at 24.17 %, Rajasthan at 23.33 % and Madhya Pradesh at 18.99 %, in response to the ministry.
The energetic circumstances within the nation mounted to 18,01,316, comprising 12.18 % of the entire infections and a internet improve of infections in a span of 24 hours.
Five states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala — account for 65.02 % of India’s the energetic circumstances.
Out of the 1,501 deaths, 10 states account for 82.94 % of the brand new deaths. Maharashtra noticed the utmost fatalities at 419, adopted by Delhi with 167 deaths.
With inputs from PTI