Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 'Amid growing demand, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to the Centre for more oxygen tankers. The state currently has only 15 tankers which are not enough to handle the increasing demand,' Punjab CMO said
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: "Amid growing demand, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to the Centre for more oxygen tankers. The state currently has only 15 tankers which are not enough to handle the increasing demand," the Punjab CMO was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Daily COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra dropped below 50,000 to 48,621 on Monday for the first time in the last 30 days, taking the tally to 47,71,022. With 567 more patients succumbing to the viral infection, the overall toll mounted to 70,851, the state health department said.
On 3 April, Maharashtra had reported 49,447 infections. On 1 and 2 April, 43,183 and 47,827 cases were added, respectively. The state had reported an average of 60,000 cases in most of April. Of the 567 fatalities, 283 had occurred in the last 48 hours.
Given the alarming surge in the cases, the state government had imposed lockdown-like curbs in the state on April 5 coupled with prohibitory orders and restrictions on the movement of people. The curbs were later extended till 15 May.
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday said that the state government is preparing for a third wave of COVID-19 by boosting medical infrastructure in the state.
He said that the govt is considering setting up pediatric COVID-19 care wards and creches for children of COVID-19 positive parents
Union minister Piyush Goyal said that the Centre is addressing obstacles in transporting medical oxygen to hospitals, and that hospitals should use the crucial resource "judiciously".
"All hospitals should use oxygen judiciously as per guidelines of Health Ministry. There is no shortage of oxygen in the country and the issues in transport are being addressed. So there should be no black marketing or hoarding of oxygen cylinders."
The Union Health Ministry said that in addition to falling oxygen saturation in COVID-19 patients observing home isolation, excessive fatigue is also a sign that the patient needs hospitalisation.
Additionally, AIIMS Delhi director Randeep Guleria said, "People living in home isolation keep contacting their doctor. Saturation is decreasing to 93 or less, there are conditions like fainting, chest pain, then contact the doctor immediately."
Adar Poonawala, who is the CEO of Serum Institute of India, one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world, shared a statement addressing the shortage of vaccine doses in India and said that it is "not possible to ramp up vaccine production overnight".
The Bombay High Court, which was hearing a PIL on the situation of COVID-19 and its handling in Maharashtra, instructed the Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner to rope in industrialists to boost the availability and use of LGP crematoriums. With Maharashtra one of the worst-hit states by COVID-19, the numbers of fatalities have shot up in the last month.
"So we are back to our primitive ways of chopping trees. You are saying you are preparing wooden bricks, will that come from thin air? You are telling us that electric crematoriums are costly. But, you are destroying forests for the wood for funerals. Money can be earned but undoing the damage to nature will be difficult.
"You should make an appeal to the five industrials sectors of Aurangabad to use CSR funds to set up LPG crematoriums," the court said.
Global Pharma major Pfizer is discussing with the Indian government an expedited approval pathway to make Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available for use in the country, the company's Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said on Monday. Earlier in April, Pfizer said that it had offered a not-for-profit price for its vaccine for the government immunisation programme in India and it remains committed to continuing engagement with the government to make the vaccine available in India.
"Pfizer is aware that access to vaccines is critical to ending this pandemic. Unfortunately, our vaccine is not registered in India although our application was submitted months ago. We are currently discussing with the Indian government an expedited approval pathway to make our Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available for use in the country," Bourla said in a mail sent to Pfizer India employees that he has shared on his LinkedIn post.
The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Centre to take instructions on the communication by AAP government to the Union Defence Minister requesting help of the Army to set up COVID health facilities with oxygenated and ICU beds to treat COVID-19 patients as well as supply cryogenic tanker for oxygen.
Delhi has sought the help of the Army to set up, operationalise and run some Covid-19 health facilities with about 10,000 oxygenated non-ICU beds and 1,000 ICU beds, said reports. In a letter to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Sisodia also requested the defence ministry to make arrangement for the transportation of medical oxygen to the facilities to be set up.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said all accredited journalists in the state will be considered as frontline workers.
The Delhi High Court is hearing a plea seeking directions to hand over the management of oxygen stocks in the national capital to the Army to ensure an uninterrupted supply to hospitals.
The daily COVID-19 cases in India showed a slight dip with 3,68,147 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, taking the total tally of cases to 1,99,25,604, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
The death toll increased to 2,18,959 with 3,417 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
While the country recorded 4,01,993 new cases on May 1, it had registered 3,92,488 fresh cases on May 2.
Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 34,13,642 comprising 17.13 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 81.77 per cent.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1, 62,93,003, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.10 per cent, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 1.50 crore on April 19.
According to the ICMR, 29,16,47,037 samples have been tested up to May 2 with 15,04,698 samples being tested on Sunday.
The 3,417 new fatalities include 669 from Maharashtra, 407 from Delhi, 288 from Uttar Pradesh, 217 from Karnataka, 199 from Chhattisgarh, 159 from Rajasthan, 157 from Punjab, 153 each from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, 145 from Haryana and 115 from Jharkhand.
A total of 2,18,959 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 70,284 from Maharashtra, 16,966 from Delhi, 16,011 from Karnataka, 14,346 from Tamil Nadu, 13,162 from Uttar Pradesh, 11,539 from West Bengal, 9,317 from Punjab and 9,009 from Chhattisgarh.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
With inputs from PTI