A health worker administers a shot of the Covid vaccine to a man in Delhi (Express photo by Amit Mehra)
Covid-19 India Live Updates: Delhi has reported 1,491 new positive cases, 3,952 recoveries and 130 deaths in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate has now dipped to 1.93%, which is the lowest in nearly two months.
India conducted 22.17 lakh tests in the last 24 hours, the highest number of tests conducted in a single day. The country reported 2,08,921 new Covid-19 cases and 4,157 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the country’s overall caseload has risen to 2,71,57,795, while the death toll is presently at 3,11,388. According to latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, the country’s active caseload has declined to 24.95 lakh.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that the manufacturers of the Russian ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine have agreed to supply the jab to the National Capital. However, they have not yet confirmed how many doses of the vaccine will be provided. “Talks with the makers of Sputnik V are on. They will give us vaccine, but the quantity is yet to be decided. Our officials and the representatives of the vaccine manufacturers met on Tuesday, too,” the CM told reporters.
In a keynote address on the occasion of Virtual Vesak Global Celebrations on Buddha Purnima, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic “the worst crisis humanity has faced in decades”. “I extend condolences to those who suffered, lost near and dear ones in pandemic. I grieve with them,” PM Modi added.
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday said the state government’s notification on the distribution of Amphotericin-B injections to hospitals for the treatment of mucormycosis is “quite vague and defective”.
All districts should have their own expert committees to decide on the requirement of the medicine, the court said.
Gujarat has the maximum number of the fungal infection patients in the country, as per data shared by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday.
A division bench of Justices Bela Trivedi and Bhargav D Karia said the Gujarat government needs to be more specific and precise with regard to the distribution of Amphotericin-B injections to government, corporation (civic-run) and private hospitals where patients with mucormycosis are being treated.
While hearing a PIL taken up suo motu (on its own) on COVID-19 and issues related to the pandemic, the court said more explanation is also required regarding the structure of the ‘expert committee’, on whose assessment of the “criticality and seriousness” of the patient the allocation of the injections will be made. “According to us, (the notification) is quite vague and defective,” the court said. (PTI)
Health condition of former West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who is suffering from Covid-related complications, is “stable and he is responding to commands”, says the private hospital in Kolkata where he is undergoing treatment. (PTI)
Additional 29,250 vials of Amphotericin-B, used in the treatment of Mucormycosis (black fungus infection), have been allocated to all the States/UTs today: Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (ANI)
Delhi reports 1,491 new positive cases, 3,952 recoveries and 130 deaths in the last 24 hours. Positivity rate dips below 2%.
#COVID19 | Delhi reports 1,491 new positive cases, 3,952 recoveries and 130 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Odisha’s Covid tally climbs to 7,26,003 as 11,623 more people test positive, 35 fresh fatalities push death toll up to 2,584; active case count at 1,10,373. (PTI)
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij says, “What is the base of announcements that the third wave will come or that it will impact only children? There is no evidence. However, we’re ready for it.”
He adds, “Haryana Medical Services Corporation Ltd has floated two global tenders for the supply of one crore doses of COVID vaccine and 15000 vials of Amphotericin (used for the treatment of black fungus).” (ANI)
In Assam, Bodoland People’s Front MLA Majendra Narzary dies of post-COVID complications at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital at the age of 68 years. (ANI)
Assam: Bodoland People’s Front MLA Majendra Narzary dies of post-COVID complications at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital at the age of 68 years pic.twitter.com/0DXkPhAFNz
Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman of Medanta, while speaking on COVID antibody cocktail, says, “When Casirivimab and Imdevimab are injected into infected patient in early stage, it blocks virus from entering cells of patient. It is working against Covid and is also effective against B.1.617. This is a new weapon.”
He adds, “It has been used extensively in USA and Europe. The experience shows when given in first 7 days of infection, 70-80% of people who’re going to be entering hospitals for treatment will not need hospitalization.” (ANI)
Zydus Cadila and Taiwan-based specialty pharmaceutical firm TLC on Wednesday said they have signed a pact to market Liposomal Amphotericin B, a critical drug to treat mucormycosis (black fungus), in India.
The companies have announced the signing of an agreement to commercialise AmphoTLC (Amphotericin B Liposome for Injection 50mg) in India, Zydus Cadila said in a statement. Under the terms of the agreement, TLC will manufacture and supply AmphoTLC on a non-exclusive basis to Zydus, and Zydus will commercialise the drug in India, it added.
“With India facing an acute shortage of the drug to treat mucormycosis, we are making this critical drug available in India on an immediate basis,” Cadila Healthcare MD Sharvil Patel said.
The need of the hour is to tackle this life-threatening infection with a safe and effective therapy, he added. (PTI)
Manipur CM N Biren Singh says, “Within 10-15 days, there’ll be one PSA oxygen plant in each hill district. I’ve also given oxygen concentrators to hill districts. In Senapati, I also provided one ambulance.” (ANI)
Beating inclement weather conditions, 12 Oxygen Express trains carried 969 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to six states and a union territory in a span of 24 hours, the Railways said on Wednesday.
While three such trains reached Tamil Nadu, four arrived in Andhra Pradesh, and one each in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Kerala. The transporter said it procured the liquid medical oxygen for these states from Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand. The country’s major liquid medical oxygen (LMO) generation plants are based in this region, and they are now providing the life-saving gas to the states facing a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Railways had rushed the Oxygen Express trains to their destinations in anticipation of bad weather conditions due to Cyclone Yaas, which pounded the beach towns in north Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal, hitting the coast around 9 am on Wednesday with a wind speed of 130-140 kmph. (PTI)
In a scathing attack against the Centre over the shortage of Covid vaccines, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday alleged that vaccines in India were a means for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “personal publicity” rather than a tool to save people’s lives.
This was so from the beginning of the pandemic, the Congress general secretary said in posts on Twitter and Facebook. She also alleged that the Modi government has pushed the country into a “swamp of vaccine shortage” and left India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, dependent on vaccine donations from other countries.
Accusing the Centre of shifting the onus of vaccination on to states, Priyanka Gandhi said there is now only Prime Minister Modi’s photo on the vaccination certificate while the rest of the responsibility has been put on the states. “Today, the chief ministers of states are sending messages to the Central government over the lack of vaccines,” she said in Hindi. (PTI)
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the manufacturers of Sputnik V have agreed to supply the Russian anti-Covid vaccine to Delhi but its quantity is yet to be decided.
He also said that there were around 620 cases of black fungus or mucormycosis in the city, but there is a shortage of Amphotericin-B injections used in its treatment. “Talks with the makers of Sputnik V are on. They will give us vaccine, but the quantity is yet to be decided. Our officials and the representatives of the vaccine manufacturers met on Tuesday, too,” the CM told reporters. (PTI)
A PIL has urged the Delhi High Court to direct the Centre, Delhi government and municipal corporations to ensure that electric or CNG crematoriums are installed in different parts of the national capital in view of the large number of people succumbing to COVID-19 daily.
The plea by a social activist, Sunil Kumar Aledia, has also sought directions to the authorities to fix uniform charges for cremation of bodies at electric crematoriums in the city as according to the petitioner, the rates range between Rs 500 — at Sarai Kale Khan — to Rs 8,800 — at Lodhi Road.
The petition, filed through advocate Kamlesh Kumar Mishra, has also sought a centralised online facility for the issuance of the death certificates so that the general public does not have to travel physically to the local authorities for registering deaths. (PTI)
To ease financial burden during the ongoing coronavirus-induced lockdown, ever ration card holder in Puducherry is set to receive Rs 3,500. “Rs 105 crores will be distributed for 3,50,000 ration cardholders,” the government of Puducherry said in a statement.
Four-time Gossaigaon MLA Majendra Narzary died due to post-COVID complications at a state-run hospital here on Wednesday, its doctors said. The Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) leader was 68 and is survived by his wife and four children.
He had represented the Gossaigaon constituency in Assam’s Kokrajhar district since 2006 and defeated his nearest rival of UPPL’s Somnath Narzary by over 10,000 votes in the recently concluded assembly polls.
Narzary was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital after he had tested positive for the infection and his condition deteriorated due to comorbidities, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said. (PTI)
Around 600 cases of Mucormycosis, also known as ‘black fungus’, have been reported in the National Capital so far, according to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. While over 200 cases were reported on May 23rd alone, less than 100 were recorded on 24th and 25th.
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On Tuesday, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said that 577 children across the country have been orphaned in the past 55 days by the second wave.
According to senior officials, the Ministry began investigating the issue of Covid orphans after messages for adopting them started flooding social media. “We have been in touch with all states and asked them to identify Covid orphans from their districts. We have ascertained, from the data received, that there are currently 577 of them… Delhi, for instance, has one Covid orphan in this period,” an official said.
Mizoram on Wednesday reported its highest single-day spike of 317 new COVID-19 cases, including 60 children, pushing the state’s coronavirus tally to 10,937, a health official said.
Aizawl district registered the highest number of new cases at 258, followed by 26 in Lawngtlai, he said. Sixteen patients have a travel history, while 283 infections were detected during contact tracing and it is yet to be ascertained how the remaining 18 people contracted the disease, the official said.
Ninety-five patients have developed symptoms while 222 are asymptomatic. (PTI)
The Shiv Sena on Wednesday claimed the BJP, instead of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, was working on how to improve its image and win the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections due next year after it “did not do so well” in the panchayat polls there.
An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said after failing to win the West Bengal Assembly polls, the BJP leadership has shifted focus to Uttar Pradesh.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting to discuss ‘Mission Uttar Pradesh’,” the Marathi daily claimed. (PTI)
A person who died of COVID-19 being taken for cremation, amid a spike in coronavirus cases countrywide, at Nigam Bodh Crematorium in New Delhi, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)
As India combats an acute shortage of coronavirus vaccines, US manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer are expected to bring some relief. Moderna is set to launch its single-dose vaccine in India by next year and is in talks with Indian manufacturers, including Cipla among others. Meanwhile, another US giant Pfizer is ready to offer 5 crore shots in 2021 itself but is calling for significant regulatory relaxations, sources told PTI.
Bharat Biotech on Tuesday said it expects approval for Covaxin from the World Health Organisation for Emergency Use Listing during July-September. The company said regulatory approvals for Covaxin are in process in more than 60 countries including the USA, Brazil and Hungary among others.
Meanwhile on Monday, the number of fresh cases reported 1,568 in Delhi, 1,037 in Mumbai, 6,243 in Bengaluru, 2,979 in Kolkata and 4,041 in Chennai.
Covid patients will not be allowed to remain in home isolation in 18 Maharashtra districts and must go to quarantine centres. Maharashtra Health Minister said, “We have decided to stop home isolation for Covid patients in 18 districts where the positivity rate is high. The patients from these districts will have to go to a quarantine centre and won’t be allowed to stay in home isolation.”
India recorded over 1.96 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the country’s total infections to over 2.69 crore . The daily spike in new cases have fallen below 2 lakh after a month. Out of these, over 25 lakh are active cases while over 2.40 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 3,511 news deaths, the toll is now at 3,07,231. This is the the lowest spike since May 3. The drop is mainly because of Maharashtra reporting far lesser number of deaths.