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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Use liquid oxygen for medical functions solely, Centre tells states-India News , Firstpost

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The order by Union residence secretary Ajay Bhalla got here amid a shortage of medical oxygen in lots of components of the nation, significantly Delhi, which have been hit by a recent wave of the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus Latest Updates: The Centre on Sunday barred the usage of liquid oxygen for any non-medical objective and requested manufacturing models to maximise its manufacturing and make it accessible to the federal government for medical use.

Former JNU scholar Umar Khalid, arrested final 12 months in reference to a Delhi riots case, has examined optimistic for coronavirus in Tihar Jail.

As per stories, the COVID-19 vaccination at just a few centres in Mumbai, together with the BKC Jumbo COVID-19 centre, which was halted resulting from a scarcity of vaccines is about to be purposeful from tomorrow.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wrote to the highest industrialists of the nation, searching for their assist in the National Capital’s oxygen disaster. His letter stated. “Please help Delhi government if you have oxygen and tankers…help us in whatever way you can.”

Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray deleted a tweet he had posted stating that the state authorities will present free vaccination for everybody, and clarified that the choice is but to be made.

“I have deleted the earlier tweet as to not cause confusion regarding the official vaccination policy of Maharashtra that would be fully ensuring fast, efficient vaccination and would leave nobody behind,” he stated.

AIIMS Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria, Medanta chairperson Dr Naresh Trehan, and different docs are at the moment addressing a press convention, adivising folks concerning the tips for the usage of medical oxygen and COVID-19 therapy medication.

TMC candidate from Khardah Assembly constituency Kajal Sinha, who had examined optimistic for COVID-19 , died at a hospital right here on Sunday morning, an official of the state well being division stated.

Sinha (59) was discovered to have contracted COVID-19 two days in the past, following which he was admitted to Beliaghata ID hospital, the official stated.

TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed shock and grief over his demise.

The COVID-19 scenario in West Bengal turned extra grim on Sunday, as analysis discovered that one in all two folks taking the RT-PCR take a look at within the capital Kolkata is testing optimistic for COVID-19 . The Times of India reported that in the remainder of the state, the statistics are one in 4 folks testing optimistic.

“Laboratories in Kolkata and surrounding areas are reporting a positivity rate of 45-55 percent, while in other parts of the state the positivity rate is around 24 percent, up from five percent at the beginning of this month,” the report quoted a health care provider as saying anonymously.

This is the scenario whereas the state is witnessing an eight-phased Assembly election, the seventh of which might be held on Monday. Despite huge rallies by the BJP, TMC, and Congress, BJP leaders together with Union Home Minister Amit Shah has dismissed a hyperlink between the surge in instances and the crowds at ballot rallies within the state.

Eighty metric tonnes of liquid oxygen has been diverted to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and this needs to be halted in view of improve in oxygen demand, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Oxygen allotment for Tamil Nadu underneath the nationwide plan is ‘insufficient’ and ‘flawed’ and the diversion of oxygen may result in a ‘main disaster,’ he stated.

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Sunday introduced that the state govt will give free COVID-19 vaccine to all its residents in 18-45 age group, stated stories.

As many as 551 devoted strain swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen era crops might be arrange in public well being amenities throughout the nation to spice up availability of the life-saving fuel amid stories of its scarcity in a number of locations battling the COVID-19 surge.

The PMO stated on Sunday that the PM Cares Fund has given in-principle approval for allocation of funds for his or her set up, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi directing these crops needs to be made purposeful as quickly as doable.

 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal extends lockdown within the National Capital by one week until 3 May. The lockdown will proceed until 5 am on subsequent Monday.

Amid an acute oxygen disaster within the nationwide capital, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital in Delhi obtained a provide of the life-saving fuel in a cryogenic tanker round 10 am on Sunday, officers stated. It got here as an enormous aid for the hospital which was operating on its backup inventory of oxygen.

“I’m chatting with you at a time when COVID-19 is testing our persistence and capability to bear ache. Many of our family members left us premature. After efficiently tackling the primary wave, nation’s morale was excessive, it was assured however this storm(2nd wave) has shaken the nation,” stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the month-to-month Mann Ki Baat tackle.

Single-day rise of three,49,691 COVID-19 infections and a pair of,767 fatalities push India’s tally of instances to 1,69,60,172, toll to 1,92,311, in accordance with the Union well being ministry’s information.

After an all-night scramble for an oxygen refill, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi obtained 5 metric tonnes of the life-saving fuel within the early hours of Sunday, in accordance with officers.

The tanker lastly arrived at 4:15 am and delivered 5 metric tonnes of medical oxygen, the very best quantity that the hospital has obtained within the final three days in a single refill, stated a hospital spokesperson stated. “It should last for 11-12 hours. Oxygen running at full pressure after a long time,” the spokesperson stated.

The first two trains carrying valuable medical oxygen arrived in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, well being amenities in state-run defence undertakings have been opened to civilian COVID sufferers and IAF plane criss-crossed to hold empty oxygen tankers to filling websites because the pandemic scenario turned grim in India with a brand new each day excessive of three.46 lakh instances and a pair of,624 fatalities on Saturday.

Twenty-six sufferers died in two hospitals in Delhi and Amritsar which complained of oxygen scarcity whereas officers at many different well being amenities stated they have been struggling to satisfy the oxygen wants of the sufferers and appealed to the governments for assist.

With a evident hole in demand and provide of medical facilities, the Centre introduced exemption of primary customs responsibility on import of COVID-19 vaccine, medical-grade oxygen and associated gear to spice up home availability and directed the customs division to clear all import consignments, together with life-saving medication and gear, utilized in COVID therapy on the very best precedence.

The selections have been taken at a gathering chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spice up oxygen availability within the nation, because the energetic instances crossed the 25-lakh mark.

“The prime minister emphasised 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. The PM stressed that all ministries and departments need to work in synergy to increase the availability of oxygen and medical supplies,” a press release stated.

Twenty sufferers died at Delhi’s Jaipur Golden Hospital because it waited for oxygen to be replenished, officers stated on day 5 of a deepening disaster over the shortage of oxygen important to avoid wasting critically in poor health COVID sufferers.

“Oxygen pressure has dipped as we are running out of stock,” Medical Director DK Baluja informed PTI as information got here of sufferers dying by means of the evening.

Six sufferers died at a personal hospital in Amritsar allegedly resulting from a scarcity of oxygen, prompting Punjab authorities to order a probe into the incident.

“Despite the district administration being repeatedly asked to extend help, no one turned up to do the needful,” Sunil Devgan, the chairman and managing director of Neelkant hospital the place the deaths occurred, alleged.

However, Punjab Medical Education Minister OP Soni refuted the cost and claimed that no correct data was given by the hospital about any scarcity of oxygen.

Every few hours, because it has been for the final days, hospitals throughout the nationwide capital and its suburbs despatched out determined messages of assistance on social media and different platforms, flagging their dwindling shares of oxygen.

A day after 25 sufferers died on the Ganga Ram Hospital, one of many metropolis’s largest and most high-profile well being amenities, the Delhi High Court requested the Centre concerning the preparedness to take care of the anticipated COVID-19 second wave peak in mid-May, terming the mounting instances as a ”tsunami”, and in addition warned it should “hang” any one that tries to hinder oxygen provides to hospitals within the National Capital.

Talking powerful, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli stated this throughout a particular three-hour-long listening to on a vacation on the difficulty of the escalating oxygen disaster in varied hospitals in Delhi.

“We will not spare anyone,” the bench stated.

But many hospitals within the National Capital continued to grapple with oxygen shortage and a few have now requested households of sufferers to shift them to different amenities.

“We”ve run out of oxygen completely, even the backup,” Batra Hospital government director Sudhanshu Bankata informed PTI. “We feel helpless, have started asking families to take patients to other healthcare facilities where oxygen is available.”

In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, an Oxygen Express practice carrying three tankers of liquid medical oxygen from Bokaro in Jharkhand arrived on Saturday morning through a inexperienced hall.

“Two trucks of medical oxygen arrived in Lucknow around 6.30 am while one truck was offloaded in Varanasi. Each truck has a capacity of 15,000 litres of medical oxygen,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi informed PTI.

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh stated it should considerably ease the present scenario within the state.

The state on Saturday recorded its highest single-day spike in new infections and coronavirus -related deaths with 38,055 recent instances and 223 fatalities, pushing the virus tally to 10,51,314 and the toll to 10,959, in accordance with an official assertion.

Another Oxygen Express from Visakhapatnam reached Nashik in Maharashtra the place 4 tankers have been unloaded.

Maharashtra, which has been the worst-hit by the pandemic, reported 67,160 new coronavirus instances, barely greater than Friday, whereas the dying determine declined to 676, a well being division official stated.

The toll reached 63,928 and the case tally rose to 42,28,836.

Last Sunday, the railways had introduced that it could run ”Oxygen Express” trains over the subsequent few days to move liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders throughout the nation.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated all well being amenities of defence public sector undertakings and Ordnance Factory Board have been allowed to offer well being companies to civilians contaminated with the coronavirus .

Four cryogenic tanks, for use for transporting oxygen, have been flown from Singapore by C17 heavy-lift transport plane of the Indian Air Force.

C-17 plane additionally carried 4 empty oxygen containers from Pune in Maharashtra and one from Indore in Madhya Pradesh to filling stations in Jamnagar in Gujarat.

The IAF airlifted to Ladakh medical gear weighing 1,700 kg, together with bio-safety cupboards and centrifuges, which can assist increase COVID-19 testing amenities within the union territory, officers stated.

Besides, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is including one other 250 beds by Saturday night at its Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital close to the Delhi airport.

Singh stated work is in full swing to determine a COVID-19 therapy facility in Lucknow that might turn into operational within the subsequent five-six days, including the hospitals could be run by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) in coordination with the Uttar Pradesh authorities.

The three companies in addition to different wings of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have been extending help to numerous state governments and union territories in coping with huge spike in coronavirus instances.

Since Friday, the Indian Air Force airlifted empty oxygen tankers and containers to numerous filling stations throughout the nation to hurry up the distribution of the much-needed medical oxygen in treating COVID-19 sufferers.

The IAF has additionally been transporting important medicines in addition to gear required by the designated COVID hospitals in varied components of the nation.

A report single-day rise of three,46,786 coronavirus instances pushed India”s tally of an infection to 1,66,10,481, whereas energetic instances crossed the 25-lakh mark, in accordance with the well being ministry’s information up to date at eight am on Saturday.

The toll rose to 1,89,544 with a report 2,624 extra fatalities in a day.

Ten states, together with Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, reported 74.15 p.c of the brand new COVID-19 instances

Also, 12 states are displaying an upward trajectory in each day instances. These are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar and West Bengal.

Most of those states have imposed evening curfew, weekend shutdown and different lockdown-like restrictions.

In Kerala, lockdown-like curbs got here into pressure for 48 hours with solely important companies and emergency actions being allowed and a vacation declared for presidency places of work and PSUs.

“We are sitting on a volcano which can explode any moment. People should understand the situation and take adequate precaution to protect themselves,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated, stressing that the scenario was grim

The state reported over 26,000 recent instances.

Cinemas, locations of worship, malls, bars and salons have to be shut efficient 2 April, the Tamil Nadu authorities introduced reintroducing extra curbs following surging COVID-19 instances.

The Central authorities, in the meantime, has additionally determined that primary customs responsibility on import of COVID-19 vaccines be additionally waived with speedy impact for a interval of three months. The 16 oxygen and associated gear on which responsibility has been waived embrace oxygen concentrator together with circulation meter, regulator, connectors and tubing, oxygen canister, filling programs, storage tanks, cylinders, together with cryogenic cylinders and tank.

“This will boost the availability of these items as well as make them cheaper. The prime minister directed the Revenue Department to ensure seamless and quick customs clearance of such equipment,” the assertion stated.

Earlier, the federal government waived import responsibility on Remdesivir injection, and in addition banned its export. It had additionally allowed the emergency use of imported vaccines to curb the unfold of coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday referred to as for making certain that the COVID-19 pandemic is stopped from spreading to villages “by all means” and each individual in rural areas is vaccinated.

Appreciating the position of panchayats within the administration of coronavirus , particularly in creating consciousness, Modi requested the native management to work in the direction of “complete implementation of guidelines” which are being issued every so often.

“I’ve this confidence that if somebody goes to emerge victorious first on this struggle in opposition to the coronavirus , it’s going to be India’s villages, the management of those villages….. The folks of the villages will present the best way to the nation and the world,” the prime minister stated at an occasion.

Ahead of the roll-out of vaccination of individuals aged between 18 and 45 from May 1, the Centre requested states to register extra personal vaccination centres, guarantee efficient crowd administration at websites and careworn on inoculation by means of “only online registration” for beneficiaries within the age bracket.

Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir introduced free vaccine for all, becoming a member of a number of different states like UP, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

The Karnataka Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 has requested the state authorities to impose stringent restrictions, together with lockdown for 14 days to interrupt the chain of an infection.

The TAC members additionally foresee the third wave COVID in October-November and have, accordingly, insisted that the federal government ought to full the vaccination of weak age teams earlier than the subsequent wave hits.

India has turn into the quickest nation to manage 14 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine in simply 99 days, the Union well being ministry stated. However, specialists say that the train needs to be ramped up considerably because the nation reels from the devastating second wave.

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