Coronavirus India: Oxygen supply looming worry among patients; 3.68 lakh new cases & 3,417 deaths
As India recorded another daily rise of 3,68,147 new cases and 3,417 deaths the last 24 hours, the Union government and states have beefed up operations to cope up with the situation, sidestepping widespread criticism of the paucity of facilities -mainly oxygen supply, oxygenated beds, and mounting piles of dead bodies at crematoriums. Reports say at least 24 patients died since Sunday in a government hospital in Karnataka following a short supply of oxygen and comorbidities.
Out of 3,417 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Ten States account for 74.54% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (669) followed by Delhi (407) and Uttar Pradesh with 288 daily deaths.
Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain lost his father today to COVID, Delhi CM has tweeted saying ” V v sad. Satyendra himself has been working tirelessly round the clock for the people of Delhi”.
As UP has reported 29,192 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, the corona curfew which was imposed from April 30 to May 4, from 8 pm to 7 am has been extended to May 6.
Maharashtra recorded 48,621 cases and 567 deaths while Karnataka reported 44,438 new cases, including 22,112 in the urban pocket of Bengaluru and 239 deaths in the last 24 hours.
According to government data, The number of COVID tests conducted across the country has crossed 29.16 cr today. 29,16,47,037 have been conducted as of date. India’s cumulative recoveries now stand at 1,62,93,003 today. The National Recovery Rate is 81.77% with 3,00,732 recoveries being reported in the last 24 hours. Ten states account for 73.49% of the new recoveries.
At least 24 patients died at the district Covid Hospital in Chamarajanagar, 175 kilometers from Bengaluru on Sunday due to an oxygen supply shortage and comorbidity, according to reports in various media outlets.
Investigations are underway in the tragedy that struck the government hospital on Sunday amid an increasing number of Covid patients.
According to the district administration, as many as 12 patients died due to lack of oxygen as the hospital ran short of supply of the critical gas, while others died due to various co-morbid conditions. However, locals alleged that the authorities Details are awaited.
Suresh Kumar, the District in-charge minister told media persons in Bengaluru that he had visited the district 2-3 days ago and reviewed the situation. “Every life is precious and any death brings us intense grief. We have sought a report on the deaths …. He has been quoted on media websites.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has tweeted: “Died or Killed? My heartfelt condolences to their families. How much more suffering before the ‘system’ wakes up?
India’s positivity rate now stands at 21.19%
Ten states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar reported 73.78% of the new cases.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 56,647. It is followed by Karnataka with 37,733 while Kerala reported 31,959 new cases.
India’s total Active Caseload has reached 34,13,642. It now comprises 17.13% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 63,998 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.
Twelve States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, and Haryana cumulatively account for 81.46% of India’s total Active Cases.
The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.10% and is continuously declining.
.Three States/UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are D&D & D&N, Lakshadweep, and Arunachal Pradesh.
Prime Minister reviewed the growing need for adequate human resources for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country today. Many important decisions were taken which will significantly boost the availability of medical personnel in Covid duty.
A decision was taken to postpone NEET-PG for at least 4 months & the exam will not be held before 31st August 2021. Students will also be given at least one month of time after the announcement of the exam before it is conducted. This will make a large number of qualified doctors available for Covid duties.
It was also decided to allow deployment of Medical Interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the Internship rotation. The services of Final Year MBBS students can be utilized for providing services like teleconsultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases after due orientation by and under supervision of the Faculty. This will reduce the workload on existing doctors engaged in Covid duty and provide a boost to efforts of triaging.
The services of Final Year PG Students (broad as well as super-specialties) as residents may continue to be utilized until fresh batches of PG Students have joined.
B.Sc./GNM Qualified Nurses may be utilized in full-time Covid nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses.
The individuals providing services in Covid management will be given priority in forthcoming regular Government recruitments after they complete minimum of 100 days of Covid duty.
The medical students/professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated. All Health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government for health workers engaged in fighting Covid 19.
All such professionals who sign up for a minimum of 100 days of Covid duty and complete it successfully will also be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman from the Government of India.
Doctors, nurses, and allied professionals form the backbone of covid management and are also the frontline personnel. Their presence in adequate strength is critical to address the needs of the patients well. The stellar work and deep commitment of the medical community were taken note of.
The Central Government had issued guidelines on 16th June 2020 to facilitate engagement of Doctors/Nurses for Covid duties. A special Rs. 15,000 crore Public Health Emergency Support was provided by the Central Government to ramp up facilities and human resources for Covid management. Engaging personnel through the National Health Mission, an additional 2206 specialists, 4685 medical officers, and 25,593 staff nurses were recruited through this process.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone call today with Her Excellency Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
The two leaders exchanged views on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India and the EU, including India’s ongoing efforts to contain the second wave of COVID-19. Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation of the EU and its Member States for mobilizing quick support for India’s fight against the second wave of COVID-19.
They noted that the India-EU Strategic Partnership was witnessing a renewed momentum since the last Summit in July. The leaders agreed that the forthcoming India-EU Leaders’Meeting on 8 May 2021 in virtual format was an important opportunity to provide renewed momentum to the already multi-faceted India-EU relationship.
Government today said There have been some media reports alleging that the Centre has not placed any fresh order for COVID19 vaccines. The news reports suggest that the last order placed with the two vaccine makers (100 million doses with SII and 20 million doses with Bharat Biotech) was in March 2021.
These media reports are completely incorrect and are not based on facts.
It is clarified that 100% advance of Rs. 1732.50 cr (after TDS Rs. 1699.50 cr) was released to Serum Institute of India (SII) on 28.04.2021 for 11 crore doses of Covishield vaccine during May, June, and July, and was received by them on 28.04.2021. As of date, against the last order of 10 crore doses for supplies of Covishield vaccine, 8.744 crore doses have been delivered till 03.05.2021.
It said The government of India has so far provided nearly 16.54 crore vaccine doses (16,54,93,410) to States/UTs Free of Cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is15,79,21,537doses (as per data available at 8 am today). More than 75 lakh COVID Vaccine doses (75,71,873) are still available with the States/UTs to be administered. Furthermore, more than 59lakh (59,70,670) vaccine doses will be received in addition by the States/UTs within the next 3 days.
Kerala: The state government has issued orders declaring strict restrictions across the state from tomorrow in view of the surge in Covid cases. Only essential services will be allowed in the state. The restrictions will be in place till May 9. All state-central government offices, other self-governing offices, essential service departments, officials, and people engaged in Covid preventive activities will not be covered under the restrictions. Transportation of medical oxygen will be ensured. The state Cabinet which met today decided to take a decision on imposing of lockdown after Sunday. Kerala recorded 31,950 Covid-19 cases yesterday, pushing the caseload to 16,38,769. The active cases touched 3,39,441. The test positivity rate was 28.37 percent. The death toll has risen to 5,405. Meanwhile, 3353 people today took the first dose of the vaccine and 8983-second dose.
Tamil Nadu: TN on Saturday reported 20,768 fresh Covid cases with 153 deaths; there were 1,20,444 active cases in the state while 17,576 people were discharged from hospitals. Till date 60,46,284 have been vaccinated across the State, of which 46,79,186 received first dose and 13,67,098 received second dose. According to Chennai Corporation data, as many as 3,03,531 persons have recovered in the city, which is 89 percent recovery rate as of Sunday morning.
Karnataka: State reported 37,733 fresh Covid cases, 217 deaths yesterday. The state’s Covid tally stood at 16,01,865 whereas there are 4,21,436 active cases. As many as 11,64,398 people were discharged cumulatively including 21,149 on Sunday in the state. Bengaluru urban district accounted for 21,199 fresh cases and 64 deaths.
The State government has devised an action plan by roping in final-year medical and nursing students to help the state combat the coronavirus pandemic better. As per the decision taken by CM Yediyurappa after a meeting with stakeholders of top private medical hospitals in the state, the government will use the services of final year nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, hospital management students, Ayush doctors, and dentists for Covid duty. Chief Minister assigned district responsibility to six ministers.
Andhra Pradesh: The State reported 23,920 new Covid-19 cases after testing 1,14,299 samples with 83 deaths, while 11,411 got discharged during the last 24 hours. A total of 66,96,306 doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered in the state as of yesterday, which includes 51,76,374 first dose and 15,19,932 second doses.
State Health Minister said that the government was taking measures to bring 120 MT of oxygen by flights from Angul in Odisha. Efforts such as procuring more cryogenic tankers, increasing oxygen storage capacity, establishing PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) plants are being made to strengthen the infrastructure for the movement of oxygen. He further said that a Covid Care Center was being set up under every revenue division in the state. The State government has decided to postpone the Intermediate examinations scheduled to be held from May 5 to 23 in the wake of High Court’s intervention due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
Telangana: A total of 5,695 new daily cases and 49 fatalities were reported on Sunday taking the cumulative number of positive cases in the state to 4,56,485 and deaths to 2,417. Now, the fatality rate in the state is reported as 0.52 percent. The total number of Active Cases in the state now stands at 80,135. The State Government has decided to include Steroids in the Home Isolation Kits being distributed to the people tested positive and in Home Isolation.
Assam: 2,385 persons (10.01%) tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, while 30 persons succumbed to the virus, which is the highest single-day death toll this year so far, Health minister HimantaBiswaSarma on Sunday evening tweeted.
Manipur: 575 new cases in 48 hrs. The cumulative number of people who have been vaccinated in the state reached 2,07,765. The State Health Society has issued protocols to be maintained at COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) in view of the eagerness for vaccination among the public and increased Covid cases in the State.
Meghalaya: Meghalaya on Sunday registered a grim record of the highest single-day spike ever with 321 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of active cases to 1,821.Five more deaths were reported. The number of fatalities from the infection now stands at 179.The state also witnessed 154 recoveries from the infection and the total number of recoveries now stands at 15,429.
Nagaland: Nagaland registered 216 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths on Sunday. Active cases are 1529 and total positive cases are 14,350. The Railways placed 10 COVID-19 isolation coaches at Dimapur Railway Station. Each coach has 16 beds equipped with medical provisions.
Tripura: The State government has announced new Night Curfew timing from 6 PM to 5 AM in view of the daily increase in cases. Yesterday 247 people were tested positive while on April 25 Positive case was 98.
Sikkim: The number of active cases of novel Coronavirus in Sikkim now stands at 1,808 with 489 new cases reported here in the last two days – Saturday and Sunday. Also, over the weekend, two more lives were lost to the virus. The Sikkim Health Minister took a review 0f the state’s COVID-19 preparedness and reassured people that the government is prepared for the challenge.
Maharashtra: The strict restrictions imposed in Maharashtra are resulting in stabilizing the rising number of Covid-19 patients. Mumbai which was once considered the hotbed of the pandemic is continuously showing improvement after the implementation of restrictions. The positivity rate of the metropolis has come down significantly during the last seven days and it has reduced the burden on the health facilities of the state. Maharashtra has maintained the top position in COVID-19 vaccination in the country. Yesterday, 46, 693 citizens were vaccinated in the state in 592 sessions. The state is facing a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines due to which very few citizens have been inoculated in the last few days.
Gujarat: After a spate in cases for weeks, Gujarat on Sunday reported a decline in the number of fresh coronavirus infections and fatalities. A total of 12,978 new cases were recorded on the day, which is the lowest since April 22, when 13,105 cases were reported. Gujarat reported 153 Covid-related deaths in the previous 24 hours. The Gujarat government has extended an interest waiver on repayment of crop loan from the cooperative sector till 30th June 2021. This was announced by the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in view of the second wave of Covid-19 in the state.
Rajasthan: The state on Sunday witnessed a record 18,298 Covid infections and 159 deaths taking the overall cases to 6,33,951 and casualties to 4,558. The state transport department issued an order on Sunday inviting applications for tankers on rent for transportation of liquid oxygen. A six-member committee has also been constituted, which will decide on the rental fee as and when the application reaches them.
The State Government has started the procedure to procure oxygen concentrators from China and Russia. The Government wants to procure 10,000 concentrators in two phases from China and 1,100 from Russia.
Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed officials to pay special attention to high-positivity districts of the state. The Chief Minister has said that with the efforts of everyone, the slogans- ‘My village-Corona-free village’, ‘My locality-Corona-free locality’ and ‘My city-Corona-free city’ should be made successful. 15 districts of the state including Tikamgarh, Shivpuri, Datia, Anuppur Singrauli, Narsinghpur, Sidhi, Katni, Gwalior, Niwari, Sehore Bhopal, Dindori, Betul and Morena have an average positivity rate of more than 25% for 7 days.
Chhattisgarh: A total of 56 lakh 22 thousand 933 vaccine doses have been administered in Chhattisgarh. The timely availability of beds for COVID patients in the hospitals of Raipur is being ensured. The situation of prevention and treatment of COVID infection is presently better than before.In Chhattisgarh, a total of 8810 people have died due to Covid so far, which is 1.18 percent. Out of 7 lakh, 44 thousand 602 confirmed cases in Chhattisgarh, currently 1 lakh 21 thousand 99 are active and 6 lakh 14 thousand 693 people have recovered.
Goa: The lockdown, which came into force in the evening of April 29, will continue till 6 am on May 3, will not be extended, but strict restrictions will be enforced till 6 am on May 10. The state-imposed the lockdown in an attempt to break the chain of COVID infection. With 2030 new cases, 52 deaths and 1255 recoveries active covid count of Goa at 24,607.
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