Singh, who penned the letter a day after Modi held a evaluation assembly on the COVID-19 state of affairs within the nation, urged 5 measures to curb the disaster, together with ramping up vaccination and boosting the availability of medicines
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday with suggestions of measures to deal with to an exponential new wave of COVID-19 within the nation.
This, on a day that 2,61,500 new circumstances have been recorded in 24 hours, taking the entire caseload to 1,47,88,109 and the Union Health Ministry mentioned that the each day coronavirus positivity charge in India has doubled to 16.69 % within the final 12 days.
Singh, who penned the letter a day after Modi held a evaluation assembly on the COVID-19 state of affairs within the nation, urged 5 measures to curb the disaster, together with ramping up vaccination and boosting the availability of medicines.
Additionally, the veteran Congress chief mentioned that “one must not look at absolute numbers” however take into account the entire share of the inhabitants that has been vaccinated.
While a number of states are grappling with a scarcity in essential medical amenities equivalent to oxygen and the remdesivir drug, the numbers have been significantly grim in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh with the states reporting their highest single-day spikes in circumstances on Sunday.
On the opposite hand, a number of states together with Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal on Sunday reported their highest single-day rise in coronavirus circumstances. The National Capital reported 25,462 new circumstances whereas Uttar Pradesh recorded 30,596 new circumstances.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday and mentioned that the COVID-19 state of affairs in Delhi is “very serious.”
Also writing to Modi, he mentioned, “The COVID situation has become very serious in Delhi. There is a huge shortage of beds and oxygen. I request that at least 7,000 out of 10,000 beds in Central government hospitals in Delhi be reserved for COVID patients and oxygen be immediately provided in Delhi. We are making all efforts at our level. Your help is needed.”
Meanwhile, in a bid to assist the states deal with a spiralling provide of medical oxygen, the Indian Railways is ready to run ‘Oxygen Express’ trains over the subsequent few days, to move liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders throughout the nation.
Amid the brand new COVID-19 wave, the demand for medical oxygen within the nation has gone via the roof.
Empty tankers will start their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations in and close to Mumbai on Monday to load liquid medical oxygen from Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro, PTI quoted officers as saying.
“Railways is leaving no stone unturned within the battle in opposition to COVID-19 . We can be working Oxygen categorical trains utilizing inexperienced corridors to get Oxygen in bulk and quickly to sufferers,” mentioned Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
Roll on Roll off Oxygen vehicles getting loaded for Oxygen Express. Under PM @NarendraModi ji’s management, Govt of India is dedicated to doing every thing attainable to assist COVID-19 sufferers. pic.twitter.com/dFgHeKLRxr
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 18, 2021
On the political entrance, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi cancelled his pending marketing campaign rallies for the West Bengal Assembly election and exhorted different political leaders additionally to think about doing the identical in view of the COVID-19 state of affairs.
In view of the Covid state of affairs, I’m suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal.
I might advise all political leaders to suppose deeply in regards to the penalties of holding massive public rallies underneath the present circumstances.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 18, 2021
West Bengal, which is witnessing an eight-phased Assembly ballot that’s slated to finish on 29 April, reported 8,419 COVID-19 circumstances on Sunday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda, and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee are among the many leaders who held rallies and roadshows within the state on Sunday.
Politics additionally performed out in Maharashtra, with the state authorities and the BJP sparring over the availability of the remdesivir drug, which is in brief provide at the moment.
On Saturday, the Mumbai Police detained and interrogated Rajesh Dokania, director of Bruck Pharma, on expenses of stocking 60,000 of vials of remdesivir. PTI on Sunday reported that the police are more likely to quiz Dokania over the matter once more within the coming week.
Police have mentioned that they’d info that the remdesivir inventory was going to be flown overseas by air cargo, regardless of a ban on the export of the drug. “Dokania was questioned at the BKC police station,” the official mentioned, including that the cops later allowed him to go, however requested him to stay current for inquiry each time he’s known as.
However, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition and BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis visited the police station on Saturday evening, and questioned why Dokania had been detained.
Fadnavis additionally mentioned that the FDA had granted permission to donate the inventory of remdesevir vials to the Maharashtra authorities, as remdesevir stocked for export can’t be diverted to the home market with out the nod of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) or the FDA.
Additionally, the BJP sought an FIR in opposition to NCP chief and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik for alleging that the Centre was blocking the availability of remdesivir e to the state. The saffron get together accused Malik of “spreading panic through false information”.
The BJP mentioned the Uddhav Thackeray authorities ought to file a case in opposition to Malik underneath the Disaster Management Act.
In view of the rising circumstances, the JEE-Main examination, scheduled to be held from 27-30 April, was postponed on Sunday. According to an official order by the National Testing Agency (NTA), “wanting at the moment state of affairs of COVID-19 pandemic and likewise making an allowance for the security and effectively being of candidates and examination functionaries, it has been determined to postpone JEE-(Main) April session”.
Manmohan Singh writes to Modi, suggests 5 methods to deal with COVID-19
In his letter to Narendra Modi on Sunday, Singh additionally mentioned that invoking obligatory licensing provisions for drug producers, and giving some flexibility to states to outline classes of frontline staff who will be vaccinated even when they’re beneath 45 years are a few of the steps that may be taken.
“The key to our struggle in opposition to COVID-19 have to be ramping up the vaccination effort. We should resist the temptation to take a look at absolutely the numbers being vaccinated, and focus as a substitute on the share of the inhabitants vaccinated,” he mentioned in his letter.
Noting that India at the moment has vaccinated solely a small fraction of its inhabitants, Singh mentioned he’s sure that with the appropriate coverage design, “we can do much better and very quickly”.
“There are many things we must do to fight the epidemic but a big part of this effort must be ramping up the vaccination programme,” he mentioned whereas making a number of recommendations.
He mentioned some states could wish to designate college lecturers, bus, three-wheeler and taxi drivers, municipal and panchayat employees, and probably attorneys who should attend courts as frontline staff, and so they can then be vaccinated even when they’re beneath 45 years.
Singh mentioned the Centre ought to publicise vaccine dose orders positioned and accepted for supply over the subsequent six months. He mentioned the federal government ought to point out how vaccine provides are to be distributed to states.
The recommendations come a day after the Congress Working Committee met and mentioned the efforts required to struggle the COVID pandemic.
Centre bans provide of oxygen to industries
The Centre on Sunday banned the availability of oxygen for industrial functions besides in 9 specified industries in view of the scarcity of the important public well being commodity in a number of states amid a spike in COVID-19 infections. The determination will come into impact from 22 April.
In a communication to all states, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla mentioned that in view of the fast rise in COVID-19 circumstances and resultant fast demand for medical oxygen, significantly in high-burden states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the central government-constituted Empowered Group-II has reviewed the availability of oxygen for industrial use to be able to divert the identical to satisfy the rising demand for medical oxygen within the nation and save valuable lives.
Accordingly, the EG-II has really helpful to ban the availability of oxygen for industrial functions by producers and suppliers from April 22 until additional orders, with exceptions of 9 specified industries.
The suggestion of the EG-II has been accepted by the federal government, the house secretary mentioned in his letter.
“I, therefore, urge you to issue necessary instructions to all the authorities concerned in your State to ensure compliance to the decision of the EG-II and take necessary measures to prohibit supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, except those exempted nine industries. It will help in augmenting supply for medical oxygen in the country and in saving precious lives,” the letter addressed to the chief secretaries of all states and union territories mentioned.
Tamil Nadu, Bihar impose evening curfew
Amid rising COVID-19 circumstances within the nation, Bihar and Tamil Nadu governments on Sunday imposed an evening curfew.
While the curfew in Tamil Nadu can be efficient from 10 pm to four am, the restrictions in Bihar can be efficient from 9 pm to five am.
The Tamil Nadu authorities on Sunday introduced the postponement of sophistication 12 public examination, full lockdown on Sundays and efficient April 20, evening curfew from 10 pm to four am.
After Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami chaired a high-level assembly right here to evaluation the COVID-19 state of affairs within the state, the federal government introduced measures, together with the Sunday lockdown to assist forestall the fast rise within the unfold of virus.
Though the category 12 public examination is deferred, the continued practicals could be performed as per plan, the federal government mentioned in an official launch.
Originally, the federal government had deliberate to carry the Higher Secondary Second Year exams from May three to May 21.
Visit to seashores, zoos, parks, monuments, museums and all vacationer locations like Nilgiris, Yercaud and Kodaikanal is barred on all days.
Considering the fast unfold of an infection in the course of the killer second wave, the Bihar authorities on Sunday determined to impose an evening curfew from 9 pm to five am as a part of new measures to test the unfold of the illness.
Declaring newer measures taken to halt the surge of coronavirus circumstances, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar mentioned a call has been taken to increase the closure of colleges/faculties/teaching centres until 15 May from 30 April.
Religious locations of all faiths will stay shut until 15 May in view of the sudden spike in coronavirus circumstances in Bihar, the chief minister instructed reporters. Earlier, they have been closed until 30 April.
The authorities places of work with one-third power will operate solely until 5 pm as a substitute of 6 pm now whereas retailers/mandis/enterprise institutions can be closed at 6 pm, an hour earlier than then what was determined final week, he mentioned.
Attendance at funerals has been decreased to 25 from 50 earlier and likewise gathering in marriage/shraddha curtailed to 100 from 200 earlier until mid-May.
Mamata Banerjee calls for 5.7-cr vaccine doses for West Bengal
The West Bengal chief minister sought Modi’s intervention to make sure an satisfactory provide of COVID-19 vaccines, medicines and oxygen to the state, which has been reporting a pointy spike in recent infections.
In her two-page letter to the prime minister, Banerjee mentioned that vaccines, medicines and oxygen are of paramount significance to include the second COVID wave.
Noting that vaccination is of high significance in densely populated West Bengal and significantly Kolkata, she mentioned, “Unfortunately for us, the supply of vaccines from the Centre has been scarce and erratic, which is negatively affecting our vaccination programmes.”
“We have to vaccinate around 2.7 crore people for which we need 5.4 crore doses. We request for an urgent intervention to ensure that the state gets its requirement of vaccine doses fulfilled at the earliest,” she wrote.
She complained that her authorities needs to buy the doses from state funds and had earlier written to the prime minister about it however didn’t obtain “requisite clearance” but.
Banerjee additionally urged Modi to make sure a gradual provide of important medicines to fight the surge in coronavirus circumstances. “The supply of essential medicines like remdesivir and tocilizumab is extremely scarce and uncertain today, which has been a matter of grave concern for the doctors here. We need around 6,000 vials of remdesivir and 1,000 vials of tocilizumab every day.”
“Presently, only 1,000 vials of remdesivir are available every day and no fresh supply of tocilizumab is coming. It may be seen that the relevant authorities step up their efforts to ensure a steady supply of these most essential supplies of medicines as soon as possible,” she
Northern Railways says 463 isolation coaches prepared
The Northern Railways has deployed 50 isolation coaches, every having two oxygen cylinders, at Delhi’s Shakur Basti railway station and 25 such amenities can be positioned at Anand Vihar by Monday, General Manager Ashutosh Gangal mentioned on Sunday.
“We have 463 such coaches throughout our community. Fifty beds have been positioned at Shakur Basti and 25 can be positioned at Anand Vihar by Monday. We have bought oxygen cylinders and two such cylinders can be positioned in every coach.
“If extra is required, the state authorities has to rearrange it. However, since these coaches are for delicate COVID-19 circumstances, we don’t count on big demand for oxygen,” Gangal mentioned.
Many younger individuals testing constructive in second wave, say consultants
In comparability to the primary COVID-19 wave in India, the newest surge is seeing many younger individuals testing constructive for the illness and “are reporting symptoms different than what were common when the infection initially began spreading,” ANI quoted Dr Gauri Agarwal, founder-director, Genestrings Diagnostic Centre, was quoted as saying.
Numerous younger individuals testing COVID constructive as in comparison with previous individuals. Symptoms are totally different this time. Many are complaining of dry mouth, gastrointestinal points, nausea, unfastened instruments, crimson eyes & headache. Everyone does not complain of fever: Genestrings Diagnostic Centre chief https://t.co/3JkPwWC0si
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2021
COVID-19 caseload particulars
The Union Health Ministry on Sunday additionally mentioned that the weekly positivity charge has elevated to 13.54 % up to now one month.
India reported a document 2,61,500 new coronavirus circumstances and 1,501 deaths on Sunday, whereas energetic circumstances have surpassed the 18-lakh mark, the ministry knowledge acknowledged.
Ten states — Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan — reported 78.56 % of the brand new infections, it mentioned.
“The daily positivity rate in the last 12 days has doubled from 8 percent to 16.69 percent,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement. “The national weekly positivity rate has increased from 3.05 percent to 13.54 percent in the last one month.”
Chhattisgarh reported the best weekly positivity charge at 30.38 %, adopted by Goa at 24.24 %, Maharashtra at 24.17 %, Rajasthan at 23.33 % and Madhya Pradesh at 18.99 %, in accordance with the ministry.
The energetic circumstances within the nation mounted to 18,01,316, comprising 12.18 % of the entire infections and a internet improve of infections in a span of 24 hours.
Five states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala — account for 65.02 % of India’s the energetic circumstances.
Out of the 1,501 deaths, 10 states account for 82.94 % of the brand new deaths. Maharashtra noticed the utmost fatalities at 419, adopted by Delhi with 167 deaths.
With inputs from PTI