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Coronavirus Updates: Punjab govt asks Centre for more oxygen tankers, says 15 not enough to meet demand

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

FP Staff May 03, 2021 23:35:22 IST
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Coronavirus Updates: Punjab govt asks Centre for more oxygen tankers, says 15 not enough to meet demand

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May 03, 2021 - 23:29 (IST)

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Give priority to Maharashtra in vaccine allocation: Govt to SII CEO

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday urged Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla to give priority to the state in providing its anti-coronavirus vaccine as the government was ready to purchase doses from the Pune-based company. He said the Maharashtra government was even ready to purchase Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V.

Talking to the media, Tope said since Poonawalla hails from Pune, he should think about Maharashtra and give priority to his home state in allocating Covishield, the anti-coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII).

He said Serum Institute has declared it would provide vaccine doses only in July and August.

May 03, 2021 - 23:21 (IST)

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Uttar Pradesh govt to raise honorarium of frontline workers by 25%

In a bid to encourage and honour the "tireless and unparalleled" contribution of all frontline staff and healthcare workers of the health department, the Yogi Adityanath government has announced to raise their monthly honorarium by 25 per cent, an official statement said on Monday. An additional honorarium of 25 per cent along with their basic pay will be given to all the frontline workers, it said.

This includes more than 8,000 pharmacists and nurses, over 12,000 doctors, more than 3,000 lab technicians, more than 1,000 X-ray technicians, 2,000 health workers of NHM and all the doctors, nurses, ward boys and other paramedical staff engaged in COVID care duty, the statement said.  Those serving as volunteers to treat COVID-19 patients will also get an increased 25 per cent honorarium from the prevailing National Health Mission (NHM) rate per day.

"During such challenging and testing times, the frontline and healthcare workers stood like a shield, battling courageously and selflessly to protect and save the people and improve the condition of the state. Their contribution cannot be put into words," Adityanath said, while praising the efforts of the medical staff. 

May 03, 2021 - 22:52 (IST)

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Punjab govt asks Centre for more oxygen tankers

"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.

May 03, 2021 - 22:42 (IST)

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Thawarchand Gehlot's daughter dies of COVID-19

Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot's daughter Yogita Solanki dies of COVID-19 at private hospital in Indore, PTI quoted an official of medical facility as saying.

May 03, 2021 - 22:04 (IST)

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'Request Centre to help Rajasthan so no untoward situation arises': Ashoke Gehlot after Karnataka deaths

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot Monday appealed to the Centre to help the state with oxygen supplies to avoid any "untoward" situation, as he expressed condolences over the death of 24 patients at a Karnataka hospital due to alleged oxygen shortage.

His request to the Centre came amid an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases in his state, and after 24 patients, 23 of them Covid-infected, died in Karnataka's Chamarajanagar due to alleged oxygen shortage in the district hospital. Gehlot said the news of lack of oxygen and medicines coming from different parts of the country is quite disturbing.

In a statement in Jaipur, he said, "I am also constantly urging the Centre regarding Rajasthan that there is a shortage of oxygen in proportion to the number of coronavirus infected patients. We again request the Center to help Rajasthan so that no untoward situation arises as every person's life is precious to us," he said. 

May 03, 2021 - 21:50 (IST)

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Puducherry governor extends lockdown till 10 May

 Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday announced that the lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 will be extended till 10 May. The lockdown was to have ended today and has been extended further till 10 May.

She said only essential services would be permitted during the lockdown and appealed to the people to remain indoors and use masks even at home.

May 03, 2021 - 21:24 (IST)

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In a first in 30 days, daily cases fall below 50,000 in Maharashtra

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.

May 03, 2021 - 21:09 (IST)

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Madhya Pradesh to begin vaccination from 5 May, says report

The Madhya Pradesh government is set to begin the third phase of inoculation for people between the ages of 18 to 45 from 5 May, The Indian Express reported.

"The government will administer 1.5 lakh doses at 1,480 centres between 5 to 15 May and it'll be expanded as per availability of doses. Government has ordered 4.76 crore doses of Covishield and 52.25 lakh doses of Covaxin.  

May 03, 2021 - 20:57 (IST)

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BS Yediyurappa says opening green corridors for oxygen tankers

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday said that the state government is working on opening green corridors for the "seamless" movement of oxygen tankers, as several states face a severe shortage in medical oxygen.

On the numbers front, the state reported 44,438 new cases in last 24 hours.

May 03, 2021 - 20:52 (IST)

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EC defers elections in 2 assembly seats in Bengal, 1 in Odisha

Citing coronavirus restrictions, the Election Commission Monday deferred elections for two assembly seats in West Bengal and the by-election for a seat in Odisha, all of which were scheduled for 16 May. The assembly polls in Jangipur and Samserganj constituencies of West Bengal and the bypoll for Odisha's Pipli seat were adjourned due to death of contesting candidates of recognised political parties.

The polling was then slated for 16 May.

"Commission after taking all material facts and inputs of chief electoral officer of West Bengal and CEO Odisha in consideration and taking note of lockdown and restrictions under Disaster Management Act, 2005...has decided to defer the scheduled poll...Fresh notification will be issued after assessing the pandemic situation," the EC said in a statement. 

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

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