Covid LIVE: Delhi mulls extending lockdown amid surge in cases, say sources

Coronavirus live updates: India reported 346,786 fresh coronavirus infections on Saturday, taking the cumulative caseload to 16,610,481, according to MoHFW. Amid oxygen shortage and faltering health system in the country, India saw 2,624 deaths in highest single-day spike. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 189,549. The country now has more than 2.55 million active cases.

Delhi reported a staggering 348 deaths due to Covid-19 as hospitals in the national capital continued to grapple with a severe shortage of medical oxygen. As many as 24,331 fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra logged 773 Covid-linked deaths in the last 24 hours, registering its biggest single-day spike in the death count, according to official data. The worst-hit state also reported 66,836 new cases. West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh recorded 12,876 and 37,238 cases respectivley.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,161,676), Kerala (1,322,054), Karnataka (1,247,997), Tamil Nadu (1,037,711), and Andhra Pradesh (997,462), Uttar Pradesh (976,765) and Delhi (956,348).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 146,218,762 infected by the deadly contagion. While 124,320,604 have recovered, 3,098,836 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,735,080, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 1,969,569, followed by the US (449,498) and Turkey (414,425).

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Substantial increase in remdesivir production, allotment to states: Gowda

Union minister Sadananda Gowda on Saturday said that substantial increase had been made in overall production and allotment of remdesivir, used in the treatment of Covid-19 to all states.

Uttarakhand CM holds all-party meeting to discuss COVID-19 situation

With Uttarakhand reporting a record number of single-day COVID-19 fatalities and cases on Saturday, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat held an all-party meeting virtually to discuss the situation.

Mumbai records lowest rise in COVID-19 cases in 25 days

Mumbai on Saturday recorded 5,888 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily rise in infections since March 30.

Increased testing and isolation of patients alongwith the exodus of migrant labourers may have led to the decline, said an official.

Also, for the first time since April 12, when the city had reported 6,905 cases, the daily rise in infections in the country's financial capital fell below 7,000 on Saturday.

The caseload in the city stands at 6,22,109.

The city on March 30 had reported 4,758 COVID-19 cases, after which the figures had risen.

"Apart from increased testing and tracing and early isolation, the migration of over six lakh workers may have played a role in the reduction of numbers," said a senior civic official.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had given several hints that the state was considering the reintroduction of lockdown-like measures which prompted migrant labourers to leave the city, he added.

Rs 880 cr to be spent on COVID-19 vaccination of people above 18 years in Haryana: Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday informed that about 1.1 crore people above the age of 18 years will be administered COVID-19 vaccination across the state from May 1 and an amount of Rs 880 crores would be spent on the vaccine administration, which would be borne by his government.

Registration for the vaccination would start from April 28, 2021.

The Chief Minister said this while presiding over the meeting of the state-level COVID Monitoring Committee held in Chandigarh today.

The Chief Minister said that the administration of vaccination in the government hospitals would be done free of cost, while in private hospitals people would have to pay some amount for getting the vaccination.

He said that in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases across the country and the state, an appeal would be made to corporate houses to get their workers and labourers vaccinated while bearing the expenses.

 

Rajasthan govt to launch COVID help desk, officers shifted to health dept to tackle surge in cases

With the healthcare system in Rajasthan struggling to cope with the rising number of coronavirus cases, the state government will launch a help desk on Sunday to resolve problems like the unavailability of oxygen cylinders or medicines faced by people.

The 'Medical Minister's Help Desk', set up in Swasthya Bhawan in state capital Jaipur, will function round the clock, officials said.

Director of Public Health Dr KK Sharma said that in view of the increasing number of coronavirus patients in the state, the help desk is being started from Sunday on the instructions of Health Minister Raghu Sharma.

Anyone in the state can call on 0141-2225624 or 2225000 to report their problem. A complaint will be registered and resolved soon, he said.

Haryana govt authorises DCs of six districts to impose gathering curbs, work from home

In a bid to tackle the coronavirus situation, deputy commissioners of six worst-hit districts in Haryana may prohibit the gathering of four or more people and order "work from home" in all corporate and IT offices, an official statement said.

Deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Hisar, Karnal, Sonipat and Panchkula have been asked to impose, if needed, Section 144 of the CrPC to control the COVID surge, CM Manohar Lal Khattar told reporters after chairing a state-level meeting of the coronavirus control committee here.

He, however, ruled out the imposition of a lockdown in the state but said there will be "lockdown-like conditions" in place in the worst-hit six districts, if needed.

IT and corporate offices should avoid crowding, he said, asking employees to adopt the "work from home culture" to break the chain of the coronavirus infection.

The CM also ordered a restriction on gatherings in functions with the maximum limit fixed at 50 people for both indoor and outdoor events in the state, the statement said.

 

Nagaland's COVID-19 tally crosses 13,000-mark with record 114 fresh cases

Nagaland's COVID-19 tally crossed the 13,000-mark as the state reported its highest single-day spike of 114 new cases in the last 24 hours, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.

The fresh infections pushed the caseload of the northeastern state to 13,003, he said.

The death toll rose to 98 after three more COVID-19 patients from Dimapur died during the period, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme's State Nodal Officer Dr Nyanthung Kikon said.

Of the fresh cases, 101 were reported from Dimapur, four from Kohima, seven from Phek and two from Mokokchung , the minister said.

Nagaland now has 555 active cases, while 12,117 people have so far recovered from the disease and 233 patients have migrated to other states.

The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stands at 93.2 per cent.

Of the 98 fatalities, 10 people died due to comorbidities, the official said.

NDMC preparing 50 beds with piped oxygen facility at RBIPMT

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) is preparing 50 beds with piped oxygen facility for Covid patients at the Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis (RBIPMT) in GTB Nagar.

After inspecting the preparations along with municipal commissioner Sanjay Goel on Saturday, North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash said, "Due to increasing Covid cases in the city, the NDMC has decided to start 50 beds with piped oxygen facility for Corona patients at the RBIPMT. Initially, 50 beds are being prepared, after which all efforts will be made to increase the numbers to 100. Oxygen facility will be available for the patients in each bed."

 

Delhi govt mulling lockdown extension: Sources

With the COVID-19 situation remaining grim in Delhi despite a mini-lockdown, the city government may consider extending it by some more days, sources said on Saturday.

On April 19, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a six-day lockdown that will be in force till 5 am on Monday, saying the step was taken to break the chain of the coronavirus infection and boost the health system that was on the verge of collapse.

"The idea behind the brief lockdown was that it will control the cases and give time to boost the health infrastructure, but the situation has gone from bad to worse. In such a situation, extending the lockdown, by maybe another week, is a possible option," a source in the Delhi government said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government decided to impose the week-long lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in the national capital, Kejriwal had said while announcing the measure.

However, the COVID-19 positivity rate is still over 30 per cent in Delhi and the number of fresh cases continues to rise. A total of 24,331 cases were reported in the city on Friday and the positivity rate was 32.43 per cent.

In an appeal to migrant workers not to leave the city due to the lockdown, Kejriwal had hoped that there might not be a need to extend it further.

 

6 more Covid deaths, 970 new cases in Noida, active cases cross 5,000 mark

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded six more deaths linked to Covid-19 on Saturday, while 970 new cases pushed the district's active caseload beyond the 5,000 mark

Gujarat reports record single-day spike of 14,097 coronavirus cases

Shattering all previous records, Gujarat on Saturday reported a record single-day spike of 14,097 new Covid-19 cases, taking its overall tally to 4,81,737, while 152 deaths in the past 24 hours mounted its death toll 6,171.

Indian High Commission in UK appeals for oxygen, medical supplies

The Indian High Commission here on Saturday issued an open appeal through social media for help to meet the rising demand for oxygen and medical supplies in India's devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It listed the required items as refillable oxygen cylinders, concentrators and the drug Remdesivir, used to treat severe COVID-19 cases. India has recorded nearly a million infections in three days, with 346,786 new cases on Saturday.

Maharashtra to get 435,000 Remdesivir vials by month-end from Centre

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the state would get 435,000 vials of Remdesivir for the period between April 21 to April 30 from the Centre. He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accepting the state's demand to increase the supply. He had highlighted the need for more doses of the key medicine, used for the treatment of COVID-19, in the prime minister's interaction with chief ministers and also written to the PM separately on the issue, Thackeray said.

 

Covaxin to cost Rs 1,200 per dose for private hospitals, Rs 600 for states

Bharat Biotech's Covaxin will be available to state governments at Rs 600 a dose and private hospitals at Rs 1,200 a dose, the Hyderabad-based company said late on Saturday.
 
Serum Institute earlier said that its vaccine would cost Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals.
 
Bharat Biotech said that the vaccine not only had an excellent safety profile but it was formulated with adjuvants to improve immune response. Further, once opened, the vial could be kept at 2-8 degrees for 28 days, thus reducing wastage, it claimed.
 
The Phase-III clinical studies have shown that the vaccine has 78 per cent efficacy against Covid 19, and 100 per cent against a severe form of the disease. The company also noted that the manufacturing process was expensive due to low process yields, and that it was important to recover costs to invest in future R&D.

Andhra govt places order for 4.08 cr doses each of Covaxin, Covishield

The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday placed an order for purchase of 4.08 crore doses each of Covaxin and Covishield for vaccinating 2.04 crore people in the 18-45 age group from May 1.

Government Principal Secretary (Covid Management and Vaccination) Muddada Ravichandra wrote letters to Bharat Biotech MD Krishna Yella and Serum Institute of India Limited CEO Adar Poonawalla in this regard.

Ravichandra wrote another letter to Reddy Laboratories CEO Deepak Sapra, seeking supply of 4.08 crore doses of Covid vaccine.

Asked why this much quantity of vaccine has been ordered when the total requirement for the 18-45 age group was only over 4.08 crore doses, a senior health department official said there was no guarantee that each company would supply the requested stock.

"Moreover, a booster dose is required after a year for all those who have taken Covaxin. Hence, we are preparing for the supply chain to be maintained not only for the current requirement, but also the future," the official said.

Nashik Covid-19 tally rises by 5,918 in a day; 27.8 MT oxygen arrives

The Covid-19 tally in Nashik rose to reach 2,98,319, while the day also saw 46 deaths and 5,034 people getting discharged

Harsh Vardhan visits soon to be operational Covid centre in Delhi

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre in Chhatarpur and oversaw the preparations for the reopening of the centre with the addition of 500 oxygenated beds

Harsh Vardhan visits soon to be operational Covid centre in Delhi

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre in Chhatarpur and oversaw the preparations for the reopening of the centre with the addition of 500 oxygenated beds

India cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy bereaved

India's women team cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy's mother, Cheluvambda Devi has died due to COVID-19.

The Bengaluru-based cricketer tweeted about her mother's demise on Saturday.

"Appreciate all the messages I have received about the loss of my Amma. As you can imagine my family is lost without her. We now pray for my sister. I have tested negative & appreciate if you can respect our privacy. My thoughts & prayers go out to those going through the same!," Veda wrote.

Veda has represented India in 48 ODIs and 76 T20s.

Covid-19: Haryana records 10,491 fresh cases, 60 deaths in 24 hours

Haryana on Saturday recorded 10,491 fresh COVID-19 cases that took the state's total tally to 4,13,334 while 60 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,703, a health department bulletin said.

Customs duty on COVID vaccine, oxygen and related equipment exempted till July end

Amid the intensifying COVID situation in the country, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs on Saturday issued a notification exempting Customs duty on medical-grade oxygen, oxygen related equipment and COVID-19 vaccines till July 31, 2021.

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs move comes in line with decisions taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

It was decided in the meeting to grant full exemption from basic customs duty and health cess on import of 16 items related to oxygen and oxygen-related equipment for three months with immediate effect. It was also decided that basic customs duty on import of COVID-19 vaccines will also exempted with immediate effect for three months.

Maharashtra reports 67,160 new COVID-19 cases, 676 deaths in last 24 hours

Maharashtra reported 67,160 new COVID-19 cases, and 676 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the State Health bulletin on Saturday evening.

With over 65,000 new cases, the total active cases in the state reached 6,94,480. As many as 63,928 people have died in the state so far as Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state by the pandemic.

The total caseload in the state has reached 42,28,836, while a total of 34,68,610 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 5,888 new COVID-19 cases and 71 deaths in the last 24 hours. A total of 8,549 people recovered from the disease in the said period. The cumulative caseload has reached 6,22,109 in the city.

India fastest country to administer 140 mn doses of COVID vaccine: Govt

India has become the fastest country to administer 14 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine in just 99 days, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.
 
The ministry said that the country has administered more than 24 lakh vaccine doses administered till 8 pm on April 24.
 
"The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 14,08,02,794 as per the 8 pm provisional report today," they said.

Nagaland stops administering first dose of COVID vaccine due to shortage

The Nagaland government has stopped administering the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines due to a shortage of vials but is continuing the immunisation drive for people who will get the second shot, an official said on Saturday.

The state is currently facing a scarcity of COVID vaccines with around 60,000 doses in stock, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare Department Dr Kevichusa Medikhru told PTI.

As of Friday, Nagaland has administered a total of 1,79,349 doses of Covishield vaccine to 1,42,715 people, including 46,634 frontline workers and 14,053 health professionals, State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr said.

Ex-SCBA vice president succumbs to COVID-19

Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) vice president and senior advocate V Shekhar succumbed to COVID-19 at a private hospital here on Saturday.

He was admitted to the Fortis Hospital in Okhla.

Shekhar was currently the vice president of the Bar Association of India.

Reacting to his demise, SCBA Vice President Pradeep Rai tweeted: "We will miss you Shekhar sir as our great colleague, friend and guide. This loss has created a space which can not be fulfilled."

Shekhar, designated as a senior advocate in 2006, studied commerce at the graduation level and obtained his LL.B degree from the University of Delhi.

After his enrolment with the Bar Council of Delhi, he started practising law in 1980. Shekhar had been continuously practising law in the Supreme Court.

He was elected as a senior member of the SCBA executive committee during 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2011-2012, and as the vice president for 2013-2014.

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa CM Pramod Sawant rules out lockdown

CM Pramod Sawant rules out lockdown as it will adversely affect economy; says Goa has adequate medical infrastructure to treat rising number of coronavirus patients

Harsh Vardhan oversees addition of 500 Oxygenated beds in Delhi

In a swift move that could provide a much-needed shot in the arm for Delhi in its war against Covid-19, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, today visited the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre (SPCCC) at Chhatarpur, New Delhi and oversaw the restarting of the COVID Care Centre and addition of 500 oxygenated beds. The present facility would heavily ease the burden on Delhi’s existing health infrastructure to deal with the unprecendented surge of daily new Covid-19 cases. Read full release here

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu records 14,842 new cases

Tamil Nadu records 14,842 new coronavirus cases, 9,142 recoveries and 80 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 100,668, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra sees 67,160 new cases

67,160 new coronavirus cases, 63,818 discharges and 676 deaths were reported in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 29,438 new cases

Karnataka reports 29,438 new coronavirus cases, 9,058 discharges and 208 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Bihar reports 12,359 new cases

Bihar reports 12,359 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the count for active cases to 81,960, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Nagpur reports 7,999 new cases

Nagpur reported 82 deaths, 7,999 new coronavirus cases, 6,264 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Oxygen Expresses deliver nearly 150 tonnes of Oxygen in last 24 hours

Indian Railway is running Oxygen Express in response to its fight against Covid-19. Oxygen Expresses with Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) tankers have arrived at Nashik and at Lucknow for Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh respectively. Few Containers were also unloaded at Nagpur and Varanasi enroute to supply LMO in these region. Also, third Oxygen Express started its journey from Lucknow this morning. States like Andhra Pradesh, Delhi are in consultation with Railways to run more such trains. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai's daily cases dip sharply

Reuqest to provide spare oxygen to Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal appeals to CMs

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa reports 1540 new cases

Goa reports 1540 new coronavirus cases, 485 recoveries, and 17 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 11,698 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 11,698 new coronavirus cases, 4,421 recoveries and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 11,698 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 11,698 new coronavirus cases, 4,421 recoveries and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 26,685 new cases

Kerala reports 26,685 new coronavirus cases and 25 deaths in the last 24 hours. Death toll 5080, active cases 1,98,576, according to the state health department

Delhi has been allotted more oxygen than quota they had asked for: Harsh Vardhan

Covid-19 relief efforts by Indian Air Force

One C-17 of Indian Air Force got airborne at 2 am on 24th Apr 21 from Hindan Air Base for Changi International Airport, Singapore. The aircraft arrived at Singapore at 0745 am. After loading 4 empty cryogenic oxygen containers, it has departed Singapore and is enroute to Panagarh air base for offloading of these containers. Another C-17 of Indian Air Force was airborne from Hindan air base at 08:00 am for Pune air base. The aircraft arrived at Pune at 10:00 am. The jet was loaded with 2 empty cryogenic oxygen container trucks which were then flown to Jamnagar air base. The same C17 aircraft is currently on its second shuttle from Pune to Jamnagar, with a load of 2 more empty containers. Read full govt release here

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid

Coronavirus LIVE: Night curfew in Jammu & Kashmir from April 26

Coronavirus LIVE: Gadkari takes second dose of vaccine at AIIMS

Batra Hospital advises families to take patients to other healthcare facilities: Officials

Batra Hospital advises families to take patients to other healthcare facilities in Delhi amid oxygen shortage: Officials

Coronavirus LIVE: Admissions in Delhi AIIMS were restricted for an hour

Delhi: Batra Hospital chief breaks down as he speaks about oxygen crisis

Coronavirus LIVE: UP sees over 38,000 cases in record daily spike

Coronavirus LIVE: UP sees over 38,000 cases in record daily spike

Centre guides states for effective implementation of new vaccination strategy

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Dr R S Sharma, Chairman, Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to combat Covid-19 chaired a high-level meeting to guide the States/UTs on effective implementation of the New Vaccination Strategy (Phase-3) and to review their augmentation plans so as to strengthen the existing hospital and clinical treatment infrastructure for Covid patients.  Read full govt release here

We haven't received backup oxygen supply yet, says Delhi's Saroj Hospital

Australia stands with India as it manages a difficult second wave, says PM

Coronavirus LIVE: Customs duty on import of vaccines exempted for 3 months

The Prime Minister chaired a meeting to review steps taken to boost oxygen availability in the country. The PM emphasized that there was an immediate need to augment the supply of medical grade oxygen as well as equipment required for patient care both at home and in hospitals. PM stressed that all ministries and departments need to work in synergy to increase availability of oxygen and medical supplies. Read full govt release here

Oxygen supply not sufficient. How are we supposed to work: Ganga Ram hospital chief

Government doing its best but, perhaps, it too is helpless: Ganga Ram Hospital chief

Government doing its best but, perhaps, it too is helpless: Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital Chairman Dr D S Rana on oxygen crisis

Coronavirus LIVE: HC asks Delhi govt about its plan to augment medical infrastructure

HC asks Delhi govt about its plan to augment medical infrastructure to deal with peak of current coronavirus wave

Odisha towns under weekend shutdown as Covid cases breach 400,000-mark

Odisha on Saturday reported 6,647 new Covid-19 cases, following which the state's tally breached the 4-lakh-mark, officials said.
 
Eight more people died in the state of Covid-19, taking the toll to 1,981, they said.
 
The state's Covid-19 tally currently stands at 4,01,314. Odisha crossed the 3-lakh-mark on November 7 last year, and took over five months to record the next one lakh cases.
 
All 30 districts reported new cases. Of these, 3,855 were detected in quarantine centers while the rest 2,792 are local contact cases. (PTI)

Mumbai: Long queue seen at BKC jumbo vaccination centre

We're calling it wave, it's actually tsunami, says Delhi HC on Covid surge

We're calling it wave, it's actually tsunami: Delhi HC on surging coronavirus cases

Delhi: An Oxygen tanker arrives at Jaipur Golden Hospital in the national capital


New and more potent strain of coronavirus detected in Sri Lanka: immunologist

A new coronavirus strain that is airborne and more potent than all those found previously in Sri Lanka has been discovered in the island nation, according to a top immunologist here.
 
The variant, which is highly transmissible, can remain airborne for nearly an hour and is spreading fast, Neelika Malavige, the head of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Sciences of the Sri Jayawardenapura University said.
 
This variant of coronavirus is more highly transmissible than all found so far in the island. The new strain is airborne, the droplets can remain airborne for nearly an hour, Malavige said.

You had assured us on April 21 that 480 metric tonne of oxygen per day will come: Delhi HC to Centre

You had assured us on April 21 that 480 metric tonne of oxygen per day will come: Delhi HC to Centre

When will 480 metric tonne of oxygen allocated to Delhi see the light of day? HC asks Centre

When will 480 metric tonne of oxygen allocated to Delhi see the light of day? HC asks Centre

Tata, Linde procure 24 oxygen transport tanks in Germany, await airlifting

Tata Group with German company Linde have managed to secure 24 oxygen transport tanks and they will be airlifted to India to increase oxygen transport capacity from production sites to Covid-19 hospitals.
 
The German Embassy in India on a social media platform stated: "In this spirit, the private German company Linde together with Tata have managed to secure 24 oxygen transport tanks that will be airlifted to India in order to increase transport capacity from production sites to Covid-19 hotspots." Read on...

Nearly 68% Delhi residents want curfew to continue amid Covid surge: Survey

As dead bodies pile up at the capital’s crematoriums, with hundreds dying every day, fear of Covid pandemic has engulfed Delhi residents like never before. A recent survey conducted across the capital shows, nearly 7 out of 10 Delhi residents are now in favour of remaining locked inside their homes as thousands of Covid patients choke the capital’s healthcare infrastructure.
 
The survey conducted by LocalCircles in all the 11 districts of the city reflects the change in opinion among Delhiites of late. Citizens, who were flooding the high streets and were caught flouting norms just a few weeks ago, are now willing to stay under a strict curfew at least for another week. Read on...

Govt's claim that there's no shortage of vaccines is hollow, untrue: Congress leader P Chidambaram

Govt's claim that there's no shortage of vaccines is hollow, untrue: Congress leader P Chidambaram

When surge in demand happens on May 1, will there be adequate stocks of vaccines in India? asks Chidambaram

When surge in demand happens on May 1, will there be adequate stocks of vaccines all over the country? asks Congress leader P Chidambaram

If anyone obstructs oxygen supply, we will not spare them: Delhi HC

If anyone obstructs oxygen supply, we will not spare them: Delhi HC

Assam reports 2,384 new Covid-19 cases, 348 discharges, and 12 deaths

Assam reports 2,384 new Covid-19 cases, 348 discharges, and 12 deaths

Night curfew in Andhra Pradesh from today

Night curfew in Andhra Pradesh from today

Uttarakhand: All 18+ will be administered vaccine free of cost

Uttarakhand: All 18+ will be administered vaccine free of cost

Maharashtra | Oxygen Express arrives in Nashik from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


All ICU beds at our hospital are full for the last 4-5 days: Dr Suresh Kumar, MD, LNJP Hospital

All ICU beds at our hospital are full for the last 4-5 days. Some critical patients need 40-50 ltr of oxygen per minute to maintain oxygen saturation level. The oxygen supply chain is compromised: Dr. Suresh Kumar, MD, LNJP Hospital

We are closing the admissions because of an oxygen shortage: Covid in-charge, Saroj Hospital

We are closing the admissions because of an oxygen shortage. We are discharging the patients: COVID in-charge, Saroj Hospital
 

Moolchand hospital gets oxygen after SOS call as hospitals across Delhi continue to flag oxygen shortage

Moolchand hospital gets oxygen after SOS call as hospitals across Delhi continue to flag oxygen shortage

20 critically ill patients die overnight at Jaipur Golden Hospital amid oxygen crisis in Delhi: Official

20 critically ill patients die overnight at Jaipur Golden Hospital amid oxygen crisis in Delhi: Official

Centre's procurement price for both Covid-19 vaccines remains Rs 150 per dose: MoHFW

The government of India’s procurement price for both Covid-19 vaccines remains Rs 150 per dose. GOI procured doses will continue to be provided totally free to States: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi raises alarm; says its waiting for oxygen, 215 Covid patients dependent on it

Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi raises alarm; says its waiting for oxygen, 215 Covid patients dependent on it

Pharma poised for an excellent FY22 on the back of Covid-led demand

The pharma industry may be poised for an excellent fiscal. The opening up of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to 18+ will create a huge pool of demand and that will, in itself, generate substantial domestic revenues. This could be a repeat revenue stream since Covid vaccines will probably be an annual affair until the pandemic is beaten.
 
Apart from that, the industry had an excellent 2020-21, with exports surging 18.7 per cent to $24.44 billion spurred by strong demand for generic drugs. This was the best growth rate in many years, despite the global pharma market shrinking and despite the first quarter (April-June 2020) being hit by lockdowns. In the previous 2019-20 fiscal, exports increased by 7.57 per cent to $20.58 billion. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 24)

Active cases: 2,552,940 (Net addition: 124,324)
Deaths: 189,544 (Net increase: 2,624)
Cured: 13,867,997 (Net increase: 219,838)
Total cases: 16,610,481 (Net increase: 346,786)
Total vaccination: 138,379,832 (Increase over previous day: 2,901,412)

Covid graph may peak at 3.3-3.5 mn active cases by May 15: IIT scientists

The ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India may peak between May 11-15 with 3.3-3.5 million total active' cases , say IIT scientists

Chhattisgarh reports 17,397 new Covid-19 cases

Chhattisgarh reports 17,397 new COVID-19 cases, 14,284 recoveries and 219 deaths
Active cases: 1,23,479
Total cases: 6,22,965
Death toll: 6,893
Total recoveries: 4,92,593

Coronavirus in Kerala: 28,447 positive cases, 5,663 recoveries and 27 deaths reported in Kerala

As many as 1,30,617 samples were tested during last 24 hours. There are 1,78,983 active cases and 11,66,135 people have recovered so far in the state: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

West Bengal reports 12,876 new Covid-19 cases, 59 deaths and 6,878 discharges

Total cases: 713,780
Active cases: 74,737

Maharashtra reports 66,836 new cases, 74,045 recoveries and 773 deaths

Active cases: 6,91,851
Total cases: 41,61,676
Total recoveries: 34,04,792
Death toll: 63,252

Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Weekend curfew continues in Pune, amid rising Covid-19 cases

Weekend curfew continues in Pune, amid rising Covid-19 cases. Only medical shops allowed to remain open, all other shops to remain closed
 
Pune district reported 9,810 fresh Covid-19 cases and 137 deaths yesterday

Odisha coronavirus update: Odisha | Weekend lockdown imposed in urban areas of Odisha till 5 am on Monday


Dhanvantari Covid Hospital will be functional from today with 950 beds, 250 ICU beds: Amit Shah

Gujarat has more ICU beds in comparison to other states. 1,200 bedded hospital, incl 600 ICU beds, to be made in association with Tata Trust Gandhinagar: Union Home Min Amit Shah in Ahmedabad

'Oxygen Langar' at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Indirapuram, to help Covid-19 patients

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Mumbai reports 7,221 new Covid-19 cases

Mumbai reports 7,221 new Covid-19 cases, 9,541 recoveries and 72 fatalities; active cases at 81,538
 

PM asks India Inc to step up oxygen supply, calls for united effort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with leading oxygen manufacturers and industries diverting their oxygen supply for medical use, and discussed utilising their full potential to meet the demand in the coming days.
 
Modi also stressed the need to increase the availability of oxygen cylinders as well as upgrade the logistics facilities for transportation of oxygen.
 
He urged the industry to utilise tankers meant to transport other gases for oxygen supply. Read on...

Expert Group directed to optimize & rationalize oxygen allocation to States/UTs: MHA

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has reviewed situation arising out of sharp rise in COVID19 cases & directed various measures to augment oxygen supply for medical purposes.

Covid-19 crisis: Hospitals scrape bottom of barrel as oxygen runs out

As his oxygen level dropped below 40 and family struggled to arrange an oxygen cylinder or hospital bed in Lucknow, retired government official S P Srivastava died.
 
“No private person was allowed to refill cylinders after a state government order. We couldn’t find a cylinder for two days,” a family member said.
Not just patients, social media is seeing cries of help from big hospitals which have often been left with just a few hours of oxygen. Read on...

Rajasthan reports 15,398 fresh COVID-19 cases, 5,197 recoveries, and 64 deaths

Active cases: 1,17,294
Total recoveries: 3,62,526
Death toll: 3,453

Coronavirus reaches Mount Everest, Norwegian climber tests Covid-19 positive

First case of coronavirus has been reported from Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.
 
Norwegian climber Erlend Ness was tested positive for the coronavirus and was evacuated by helicopter from the Mount Everest base camp to Kathmandu, reported The Hill.
 
A Sherpa -- a member of a Tibetan ethnic group native to the Himalayas -- working in his party also tested positive for the virus.

Appliance firms staring at brief production halt amid lockdown

A combination of localised lockdowns, closure of non-essential retail stores, and challenges emerging from low industrial oxygen supplies has forced home appliance makers to temporarily halt manufacturing activity.
 
Japanese major Panasonic will shut its Jhajjar plant in Haryana for a week beginning Monday, as demand suffers on account of containment measures. Read on...

Covid-19 second wave: Delays in RT-PCR tests mainly due to manpower crunch

After a four-hour wait on Tuesday, Ramnik Shah (name changed) managed to get an RT-PCR test done at a private lab in Ahmedabad. However, he got his report only on Friday, leading to uncertainty over whether or not he had contracted Covid-19.
 
Shah is not alone. As the gigantic second wave of the pandemic rips through India, people across the country are facing delays in RT-PCR testing and in getting their reports on time. While there is a shortage of testing kits, manpower and capacities, India does not have other scalable testing options. Read on....

Maharashtra reports 66,836 new cases, 74,045 recoveries and 773 deaths

Maharashtra reports 66,836 new cases, 74,045 recoveries and 773 deaths
Active cases: 6,91,851
Total cases: 41,61,676
Total recoveries: 34,04,792
Death toll: 63,252

Second wave: 1,000 tankers out on long road as patients gasp for breath

Anit Sathe will have to use up a tonne of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) just to get his tanker back on the road in Maharashtra. This tonne of oxygen, which otherwise could save the lives of Covid-19 patients, is being wasted because his truck has gone ‘dry’ owing to interrupted supplies.
 
Sathe runs Nikhil Medico and is an oxygen supplier. “We do not have liquid oxygen which usually comes from Linde in Pune. Now, the problem is, since my tanker has gone dry due to unavailability of oxygen, I will have to waste one tonne of oxygen before keeping the tanker ready for next use. It is a difficult situation,” said Sathe. Read on...

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