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India Coronavirus woes far from over:Third-wave inevitable;3780 deaths & 3,82 lakh cases recorded

War footing work underway to build up capacities; Strict survelliance mounted: By Neeraj Bajpai

India Coronavirus woes far from over: Third-wave inevitable;3780 deaths & 3,82 lakh cases recorded

 

Even as  India witnessed the biggest one-day daily death toll of 3780 with 3.82 lakh new cases, Experts have not ruled out the possibility of the third wave, given the high levels at which this circulating.

 

The government’s Top scientific advisor  Dr. K Vijay Raghavan said at a government briefing today,” Phase 3 (third wave) is inevitable, given the high levels at which this virus is circulating. But it is not clear at what time scale this Phase 3 will occur”.

 

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has said: Central Govt’s scientific body has warned about 3rd wave of COVID. We’re preparing for that since last month. Several districts are seeing a decline in COVID cases while some districts are seeing an increase in cases. We’re keeping a close tab on it.

 

With the latest addition of cases, India’s total cases have surged past  2,06,65,148 with a death toll: 2,26,188, making the country the third deadliest in the world. The National capital had reported 19,953 cases and 338 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

 

Maharashtra has today recorded 57,640 fresh cases and 920 deaths while Karanataka recorded 50,112 31 cases and 346 deaths  while TN, which has got new CM  MK Stalin today, has reported 23,310 new cases and 167 deaths.  UP has extended its corona curfew till May 10, seven am as it recorded over 31,000 new cases and 357 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

 

In a sudden move, the RBI governorShaktikanta Das held a press conference and said the RBI  will continue to monitor the situation from the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and deploy all resources.RBI Governor in the unscheduled announcement said they have to marshal our resources for fighting the virus with vigor.

 

He said, “As the financial year 2020-21 – the year of the pandemic – was drawing to a
close, the Indian economy was advantageously poised, relative to peers. India was at
the foothills of a strong recovery, having regained positive growth, but more
importantly, having flattened the infections curve. In a few weeks since then, the
situation has altered drastically. Today, India is fighting a ferocious rise in infections
and mortalities.

 

New mutant strains have emerged, causing severe strains on the healthcare and medical facilities, vaccine supplies, and frontline health personnel. The fresh crisis is still unfolding. India has mounted a valiant defense, domestically and globally, to ramp up vaccines and medical support, and save lives……

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3,82,315 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Ten states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan report 70.91% of the new cases. The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.09%.3,780 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Vaccines will need to be updated to tackle the new strains that are spreading the contagion fast, he said, adding that the current surge in infections seems to be because of the Indian “double mutant” coronavirus and the spread of the UK variant has slowed, He said.

 

The response to the changing virus remains the same, we need to follow the covid appropriate behavior such as mask, distancing, hygiene, no unnecessary meetings and staying at home: Dr. V K Paul, Member, Health,@NITIAayog

Our request is that we need the physicians’ fraternity to come forward and provide teleconsultations to people and families at home who are infected with #COVID19: -Dr. V K Paul, Member, Health said at the meeting. Complete coverage of Press cionferemce:@NITIAayog YouTube: youtu.be/IEgFA3_hJsw

 

The  Allahabad High court reported observations, that the Death of Covid-19 patients due to non-supply of oxygen to hospitals is a criminal act and nothing less than genocide. With the latest addition of cases, India’s total cases have surged past  2,06,65,148 with a death toll: 2,26,188, making the country the third deadliest in the world. The National capital had reported 19,953 cases and 338 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

 

Maharashtra last night had recorded 51,880 fresh cases and 891 deaths while Karanataka recorded 44,631 cases and 292 deaths even as the UP has reported 25,858  new cases and 352 deaths in the last 24 hrs. 

 

In a sudden move, the RBI governorShaktikanta Das held a press conference and said the RBI  will continue to monitor the situation from the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and deploy all resources.

 

The Government of India has so far provided nearly 17.02 crore vaccine doses (17,02,42,410) to States/UTs Free of Cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 16,07,94,796 doses

 

In a significant development, two medical oxygen plants funded by PM CARES have been installed at AIIMS, New Delhi, and RML Hospital within a week. Carried out on a war footing, the two plants were swiftly airlifted from Coimbatore and installed yesterday. Both the plants will start the supply of oxygen by today evening.

 

In order to effectively address the high surge of Covid-19 cases in the country, PM CARES has allocated funds for the installation of 500 Medical Oxygen Plants across the country. These plants are planned to be set up within 3 months. In all, five high-flow medical oxygen plants will be installed at AIIMS Trauma Centre, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and AIIMS, Jhajjar, Haryana.

 

India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,69,51,731 today. The National Recovery Rate is 82.03%.3,38,439 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours. Ten states account for 73.4% of the new recoveries. Seventeen states/UTs have a weekly positivity rate lower than the national average (21.46%). Nineteen states/UTs have a weekly positivity rate higher than the national average.3,82,315 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.

 

Ten states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan report 70.91% of the new cases. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 51,880. It is followed by Karnataka with 44,631 while Kerala reported 37,190 new cases.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 34,87,229. It now comprises 16.87% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 40,096 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

Twelve states cumulatively account for 81.25% of India’s total Active Cases.The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.09%.3,780 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Ten States account for 74.97% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (891). Uttar Pradesh follows with 351 daily deaths. Seven States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Meghalaya, D&D & D&N, Tripura, Lakshadweep, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and A&N Islands.

 

The  Union government has said: India Today in its news story has alleged that while the first consignment of Covid-19 assistance arrived in India on April 25, 2021, the Centre took seven days to frame the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of distributing these life-saving medical supplies.

 

The story misinterprets factual information and is totally misleading.

 

While the Standard Operating Procedure for allocations was issued by the Health Ministry on 2nd May 2021, the work for receipt, allocation, and distribution to the States and UTs through the Central and other Health Institutions started immediately as the global community started to support the Government of India efforts for fighting the global pandemic.

 

The Coordination Cell under Addl. Secretary [Health] was created in the Health Ministry on 26th April 2021 and started work instantly. The inter-ministerial cell for prompt and effective coordination between various stakeholders comprises of one Joint Secretary on deputation from Ministry of Education, two Addl. Secy level officers from MEA, Chief Commissioner Customs, Economic Advisor from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Technical Advisor Date. GHS, Representatives from HLL, two Joint Secretaries from the Health Ministry and Secretary General along with other representatives from Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS).

 

In view of the above factual information, India Today is advised that they may refrain from selective use of facts published in the public domain, and not misinterpret facts to suit their own narrative.

 

The question of supplies distribution figured in the US state department briefing.

 

A reporter asked :QUESTION: Hi, thank you. At the beginning of the briefing, you mentioned that you have sent the supplies to India, and even at the White House briefing there was a long list of supplies readout. And you mentioned that USAID is coordinating or sending the supplies. Now, there is an office, a very big office of USAID India – in India, so are they coordinating anything to do with the distribution? Because our journalists there are saying that with all these supplies landing the distribution is just going nowhere.

 

The department’s deputy spokesperson Ms. Jalina Porter: Well, I’ll just repeat that the United States has provided more than $100 million in assistance to India through the U.S. Agency for International Development. Now, when it comes to distribution, it was actually at the request of the Government of India that USAID provided these urgently needed supplies to the Indian Red Cross, and that was just to ensure that they’re reaching those who are most in need and as fast as possible. So for anything beyond that, we’d have to refer you to the Government of India.

 

 

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