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World’s 3rd deadliest India reports 20 Million cases & 222,000 deaths; Govt contests charge it delayed relief distribution

Maharashtra records 51,880 fresh cases & 891 deaths while Karanataka reports 44,631 cases & 292 deaths & UP reports 25,858  new cases & 352 deaths

By Neeraj Bajpai

World’s 3rd deadliest India reports 20 Million cases & 222,000 deaths; Govt contests charge it delayed relief distribution

 

India has become the third deadliest country in the world with a cumulative death toll of over  222,408  with over two crores of coronavirus infections so far. The Country recorded 3,57,229 new cases and 3,449 deaths in the last 24 hours amid the government’s clarification that it has not delayed the distribution of covid relief material.

 

Maharashtra today 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. 

 

With a steep hike in fresh coronavirus cases and mounting death toll, India has emerged as the third deadliest country in the world with a death toll of 222,408 and the second most infected globally as the cases surged past 2,02,82,833 with 3,57,229 fresh cases and 3449 deaths during the last 24 hours.

 

While the Union government and state governments are taking ar footing measures to augment the supply of oxygen and beds in hospitals besides ensuing clearing backlogs in crematoriums, the criticisms and allegations are swirling what harried people complained as inadequate arrangements vis-a-vis enormity of problems.    

 

According to Jhon Hopkins university’s global data tracker., The virus has infected 153,188,568I and killed 3,209,919 people globally so far.  The US is the worst affected with 32,470,817 cases and 577,500 deaths followed by Brazil which has recorded 19,925,604  cases and 408,622 cases. India has pushed Mexico to the fourth slot with the mounting death toll. Mexico has a death toll of 217,345 

 

According to the Union Health Ministry data,India reports 3,57,229 new COVID19 cases, 3,20,289 discharges and 3,449 deaths in the last 24 hours, Now, the Total cases are – 2,02,82,833 Total recoveries: 1,66,13,292 Death toll: 2,22,408 Active cases: 34,47,133 Total vaccination: 15,89,32,921.

 

The government today 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 government has said., 

 

According to the Union Health Ministry data,3,449 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Ten States account for 73.15% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (567) followed by Delhi (448) and Uttar Pradesh with 285 daily deaths.

 

Twelve states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, and Haryana cumulatively account for 81.41% of India’s total Active Cases. Each of them also comprises more than 1 lakh active cases.

 

The Liberalized and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination have come into force from 1st May 2021. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 15.89 Cr today. Ten states accounted for 66.94% of the cumulative doses given so far in the country. As of Day-108 of the vaccination drive (3rd May 2021), 17,08,390 vaccine doses were given.

 

An official statement said India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,66,13,292 today. The National Recovery Rate is 81.91% with 3,20,289 recoveries being reported in the last 24 hours. Ten states account for 73.14% of the new recoveries. India’s daily positivity rate now stands at 21.47%

 

3, 57,229 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Ten states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh reported 71.71% of the new cases.

 

Ten states account for 73.15% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (567) followed by Delhi (448) and Uttar Pradesh with 285 daily deaths.

 

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 48,621. It is followed by Karnataka with 44,438 while Uttar Pradesh reported 29,052 new cases.

 

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 34,47,133. It now comprises 17.00% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 33,491cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours. The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.10% which is continuously declining. Two States/UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are D&D & D&N and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

In order to tackle the surge in Covid-19 cases & subsequent requirement of oxygen, 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 three months.

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), through its industries, is setting up five Medical Oxygen Plants within the first week of May in and around Delhi. These are to be installed at AIIMS Trauma Centre, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and one at AIIMS, Jhajjar, Haryana. As per schedule, two of these plants reached Delhi on May 4, 2021, and are being installed at AIIMS and RML Hospitals respectively.

These have been supplied by M/s Trident Pneumatics Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore which is the technology partner of DRDO and has been given an order of 48 plants. Order of 332 plants have been placed with M/s Tata Advanced Systems Limited and the delivery will start from mid–May. The delivery schedule is being monitored very closely to deliver before the plant’s time. Sites are being prepared at each hospital in parallel.

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. Sexy level officers from MEA, Chief Commissioner Customs, Economic Advisor from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Technical Advisor Dte. GHS, Representatives from HLL, two Joint Secretaries from the Health Ministry and Secretary-General along with another representative from Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS).

In other develoopment,

On the 24th April 2021 with an abundance of caution, Nehru  Zoological  Park  (NZP),  Hyderabad shared samples (as collected from the nose, throat, and respiratory tract under anesthesia) with  CCMB-LaCONES for eight  Asiatic lions housed in the Zoo that had shown signs of respiratory distress.  Based on detailed diagnostic tests and reports as shared by CCMB-LaCONES on 4th May 2021, it has now been confirmed that eight Asiatic lions housed in Nehru Zoological Park (NZP), Hyderabad have tested positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus.

Further analyses of the samples have revealed that the infection was not caused by any variant of concern. The eight lions have been isolated and due care and necessary treatment have been provided. All the eight lions have responded well to the treatment and recovery. They are behaving normally and eating well. Preventive measures are already in place for all zoo staff and the zoo has been closed to visitors to avoid minimal external contac

 

Maharashtra: The Municipal Corporation of greater Mumbai has added 1500 beds at its NESCO Covid care centre at Goregaon. The Nation’s first ‘Drive-in Vaccination Centre’ was inaugurated in Mumbai today. This centre has been set up in the parking lot of Kohinoor Square Tower at Dadar. This first of its kind ‘Drive-in Vaccination Centre’ facility has been made available to the citizens at a time when people with disabilities are facing difficulties in getting to the vaccination centre.

 

Gujarat: Gujarat has recorded 12,820 new cases of Covid19 yesterday. 11,999 patients recovered during the last 24 hours and were discharged from the hospitals.
Meanwhile, 1,41,843 persons were vaccinated in the state yesterday. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has suspended the vaccination of 45 plus age group in the city from today. According to the release, it will start again after the arrival of new stock of vaccines.

Rajasthan: Rajasthan Government has sought 54 more tankers, with fleet size having a combined capacity of 500 metric tonnes, from the Centre for an uninterrupted supply of oxygen from states like West Bengal and Odisha. Chief Secretary Niranjan Arya, while reviewing the need and availability of oxygen in the state on Monday, directed the officials to expedite delivery of oxygen concentrators in the state. The urban development and housing (UDH) department on Monday announced several measures for speedy setting up of oxygen plants in the state.

 

Madhya Pradesh: In Madhya Pradesh, accredited journalists have been included in the frontline workers category in the state.. The schedule for vaccination for 16 May onwards will be decided based on the availability of vaccine. State has received 1.5 lakh vaccine doses for the 18 plus age group.

 

Chhattisgarh: All the districts of the state including Raipur have been declared as containment zones from April 9 to May 6 morning. Subsequently, the economic and business activities have been withheld in the state. Chief Minister Shri Baghel has written a letter to Union Finance Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, with a request to grant relief for the small and medium businessmen of Chhattisgarh, considering their problems due to the state being a ‘containment zone.’

 

Goa: The Goa government on Tuesday decided to bring non-essential services, including restaurants, under the ambit of the COVID-19 induced restrictions in the state which will remain in force till May 10. Modifying the previous order issued by the state government on the extent of the restrictions, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that non-essential services will remain closed keeping in mind the “sentiments of the people”.

 

Kerala: So far 75,55,532 people have been taken vaccines in the state so far. Out of this, 61,03,563 took first dose and 14,51,969 second dose. Mini lockdown type restrictions have come into force in the state from today, as Covid transmission gets worse. 26,011 more positive cases were reported yesterday. TPR is 27.01. Active cases have touched 3,45,887 and a death toll of 5450.

 

Tamil Nadu: DMK president and Chief Minister-elect MK Stalin, on Tuesday, announced media professionals as frontline workers; the journalists will now be eligible for all benefits, including priority vaccination against coronavirus. MK Stalin, on Monday, also directed the State government officials to sell Remdesivir in other cities too. The State government on Monday announced more restrictions as part of its Covid-19 containment strategy, including a bar on running shops other than those selling essentials like vegetables and provisions. TN on Monday recorded an all-time high in new Covid-19 infections adding 20,952 cases to the caseload of 12,28,064 while 122 deaths pushed the toll to 14,468 so far. 76,877 people were administered the Covid19 vaccine yesterday. To date 61,23,161 have been vaccinated across the State till date, of which 47,05,715 received first dose and 14,17,446 received the second dose.

 

Karnataka:As per the State Government bulletin released for 03-05-2021, New Cases Reported: 44,438; Total Active Cases: 444734; New Covid Deaths: 239; Total Covid Deaths: 16250. Around 59,918 were vaccinated yesterday with a total of 98,78,213 have been vaccinated in the state till now. Karnataka DCM Ashwath Narayan will be heading the new Covid Task Force, reconstituted amid the increasing pandemic.

 

Andhra Pradesh: State reported 18,972 new Covid-19 cases with 71 deaths, while 10,227 got discharged during the last 24 hours. Total cases: 11,63,994; Active cases: 1,51,852; Discharges: 10,03,935; Deaths: 8207. A total of 67,29,038 doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered in the state as on yesterday, which includes 51,92,245 first dose and 15,36,793 second doses. Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal has said that a committee has been set up with senior officials to procure Covid medication right from oxygen cylinders to medicines. With the spike in Covid-19 cases, the State has decided to impose a partial curfew for 14 days starting from May 5. All the shops shall be open only from 6 AM to 12 Noon with Section 144 in force and only emergency services will be allowed from thereon.

 

Telangana:     6,876 new daily cases and 59 deaths were reported in the state yesterday (Monday) taking the cumulative number of positive cases in the state to 4,63,361 and fatalities to 2,476. Now, the number of Active Cases in the state stands at 79,520. The State Govt has made the prior registration mandatory for receiving the Covid vaccine either first or second dose for the people aged above 45 years. The Health Department said this decision was taken to avoid crowds at the Vaccination Centres and on the spot registration of beneficiaries has been stopped with immediate effect.

 

Assam: 29 people lost their lives due to a COVID-19 infection in Assam on Monday. The state recorded 4,489 new infections, the positivity rate being 8.02 per cent. Kamrup( Metro) recorded 1,645 positive cases. Principal-cum-Chief Superintendent of Guwahati Medical College & Hospital Dr. Achyut Chandra Baishya said that around 200 beds, including those with ICU facilities, are vacant at his hospital. All national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the state have been closed for visitors with immediate effect in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Manipur: 1.Manipur’s COVID-19 active caseload rose to 2,071 with 362 new positive cases.COVID-19 claimed seven more lives in Manipur..As per the latest update, the cumulative number of people who have been vaccinated in the state reached 20,9,074.COVID-19 vaccination of people above 18 yet to begin in Manipur.

 

Meghalaya: Meghalaya on Monday recorded its highest death toll of six while 246 new cases were detected in the state. The state also recorded 177 recoveries to take the total to 15,606. Meghalaya on Monday got an additional stock of 75,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Sikkim: Sikkimregistered 27 new Covid cases. The State’s active Covid tally is now 1723 while 146 patients are presently admitted to the Covidhospitals. One more Covid casualty was reported, taking the death toll to 150 in Sikkim since the pandemic started last year.

 

Tripura:134 new positive cases were detected with no death in the state and thus the total active cases in the state stand at 1455. Meanwhile, the state received 1.5 lakhs of vaccines yesterday.

 

Nagaland: Nagaland reported 101 new Covid cases & 6 deaths on Monday. Active cases are 1584 and tally stands at 14,451. Dimapur, Kohima has been declared containment zones due to a rapid surge in Covid cases. All activities including movement of persons have been suspended for 7 days.

 

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