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Coronavirus Updates: First consignments of medical supplies from US expected to reach India by Friday, says report

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Coronavirus Updates: First consignments of medical supplies from US expected to reach India by Friday, says report

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23:08 (ist)

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Delhi CM chairs meeting on COVID, plans to increase oxygen beds in hospitals

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting on Wednesday to chalk out a plan for increasing the number of oxygen beds and strengthening the home isolation system in the national capital, following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

"Convened a meeting with the officials. Discussed the plan to increase oxygen beds in the coming days, and strengthen home isolation system in Delhi. Please take all precautions and stay safe," Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the additional chief secretary and the health secretary were also present at the meeting, along with health officials.

"We are noticing that this new strain of the coronavirus is quite dangerous and often leads to respiratory and breathing issues. It has become very important to provide beds to every patient who needs oxygen. We have to expedite the process to add more ICU and oxygen beds in the coming weeks," Kejriwal said at the meeting.

"We have to further strengthen our home isolation system. Every patient who is recovering from COVID-19 under home isolation should receive regular calls from Delhi government doctors and an oximeter. We have to monitor the daily condition of every patient recovering from the disease in home isolation," he added.

Delhi logged a record 381 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while the positivity rate stood at 32.72 per cent. This was the sixth day on the trot that the national capital recorded over 300 deaths due to the coronavirus.

-PTI

12:45 (ist)

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SC hints at shifting journalist Siddique Kappan to Delhi for medical treatment

The Supreme Court on Wednesday hinted that it will shift journalist Siddique Kappan, presently in custody under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA ) in Mathura jail, to Delhi for better medical treatment.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and AS Bopanna indicated this while hearing the habeas petition filed by Kerala Union of Working Journalists seeking Kappan's release.

The bench has asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the state government, to respond to the bench by 1 pm on Wednesday.

12:28 (ist)

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'World has failed India' in averting tragic COVID-19 outbreak, says Dr Fauci

The world and wealthier nations, in particular, have failed to unite to provide an adequate global response to avert the "tragic" coronavirus outbreak in India, said Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser to Guardian on Tuesday.

Fauci said the situation in India had highlighted global inequality. 

"The only way that you're going to adequately respond to a global pandemic is by having a global response, and a global response means equity throughout the world," he said, adding, "And that's something that, unfortunately, has not been accomplished."

On Wednesday, India recorded over 3.60 lakh fresh infections, the highest for any country, along with over 3,000 fatalities. The toll in the country crossed the 2 lakh-mark.

12:03 (ist)

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Pfizer's new oral drug to treat COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, says CEO

Pfizer's experimental oral drug to treat coronavirus could be ready next year, said CEO Albert Bourla on Tuesday, adding the company is working on two antivirals, an oral and an injectable. 

"We are actually on two, one is injectable and the other one an oral (antiviral)... Particularly the attention is on the oral for the world and of us because provides several advantages and one of them is that you don't need to go to the hospital to get the treatment of which is the case with all the injectables so far but you can get it home," said Bourla.

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Apr 28, 2021 - 23:57 (IST)

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Haryana records highest single-day spike of 95 COVID deaths

Haryana on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 95 deaths due to COVID-19 that pushed the toll to 4,021, while 12,444 fresh cases took the tally to 4,60,198.

On Tuesday, Haryana had recorded 84 deaths and 11,931 cases, which was the previous biggest single-day jump in COVID-19 deaths and cases.

According to the health department daily bulletin, the latest deaths included 12 from Hisar, 10 from Sirsa, 9 from Fatehabad, 8 from Jind, 7 from Gurgaon and Jind districts.

Among the districts that reported a big spike in cases are Gurgaon(2,934), Faridabad (1,602), Hisar (1,042), Sonipat (870), Jind (850), Karnal (760), Panipat (668) and Panchkula (520).

Apr 28, 2021 - 23:22 (IST)

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First consignments of medical supplies from US expected to reach India by Friday, says report

The first consignments of medical supplies from the US and Russia are expected to reach India in the next two days and Indian missions abroad were told to focus on procurement of oxygen-related equipment and critical medicines such as Remdesivir, sources told PTI on Wednesday.

They said India has sought from the US medical supplies, including ready-to-use vaccine doses, as well as raw materials for production of COVID-19 vaccines, they said.

The sources said an American aircraft carrying medical supplies is expected to land in India on Friday while a Russian plane is set to arrive by Thursday.

Apr 28, 2021 - 23:08 (IST)

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Delhi CM chairs meeting on COVID, plans to increase oxygen beds in hospitals

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting on Wednesday to chalk out a plan for increasing the number of oxygen beds and strengthening the home isolation system in the national capital, following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

"Convened a meeting with the officials. Discussed the plan to increase oxygen beds in the coming days, and strengthen home isolation system in Delhi. Please take all precautions and stay safe," Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the additional chief secretary and the health secretary were also present at the meeting, along with health officials.

"We are noticing that this new strain of the coronavirus is quite dangerous and often leads to respiratory and breathing issues. It has become very important to provide beds to every patient who needs oxygen. We have to expedite the process to add more ICU and oxygen beds in the coming weeks," Kejriwal said at the meeting.

"We have to further strengthen our home isolation system. Every patient who is recovering from COVID-19 under home isolation should receive regular calls from Delhi government doctors and an oximeter. We have to monitor the daily condition of every patient recovering from the disease in home isolation," he added.

Delhi logged a record 381 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while the positivity rate stood at 32.72 per cent. This was the sixth day on the trot that the national capital recorded over 300 deaths due to the coronavirus.

-PTI

Apr 28, 2021 - 22:54 (IST)

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CoWIN digital platform continues to work without any technical glitch: Health ministry

 As the registration of all citizens above 18 years of age for vaccination against COVID-19 started on the CoWIN portal at 4 pm on Wednesday, many people took to social media to complain about the technical problems they faced trying to register for the third phase of the inoculation drive scheduled to begin from May 1.

The Union health ministry, however, clarified that the media reports that the server has crashed "are incorrect and are without any basis".

As the registration opened up at 4 pm, some people on social media complained that the portal was not responding, while others complained that it had crashed.

At 4.35 pm, a tweet from the verified Twitter handle of the Aarogya Setu mobile application said the CoWIN portal is working and that there was a minor glitch at 4 pm, which was fixed.

"Cowin portal is working. There was a minor glitch at 4 pm that was fixed. 18-plus can register," it said.

Apr 28, 2021 - 22:34 (IST)

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Consider amending corona app to show which beds have oxygen support: HC to AAP govt

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a number of directions on categorisation of beds in the Delhi corona mobile app, setting up of helpline numbers, delay in testing and shortage of RTPCR test kits.

Justice Prathiba M Singh, while hearing several pleas with regard to non-availability of beds and shortage of Remdesivir which is used in treatment of COVID-19, asked the Delhi government to consider amending its mobile app to display which beds have oxygen support and which do not.

The court questioned the need for providing non-oxygen support beds, saying that patients suffering from COVID-19 would normally isolate themselves at home and would seek hospitalisation primarily when oxygen support was required.

Apr 28, 2021 - 22:26 (IST)

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Total COVID vaccination across India nears 15-cr mark

The total COVID-19 vaccination across the country inched closer to the 15-crore mark with more than 20 lakh vaccine doses given till 8 pm on Wednesday, the Union health ministry said.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 14,98,77,121 according to the 8 pm provisional report.

These include 93,66,239 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 61,45,854 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,23,09,507 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose, 65,99,492 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

Besides, 5,09,75,753 and 31,42,239 beneficiaries over 45 to 60 years old also have been administered the first and the second dose, while 5,14,70,903 and 98,67,134 people aged above 60 years have taken the first and the second dose.

Apr 28, 2021 - 22:09 (IST)

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Maharashtra reports close to 1,000 COVID cases

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 63,309 new coronavirus cases and 985 deaths, the state health department said. It took the tally of infections in the state to 44,73,394 and the death toll to 67,214.

Mumbai recorded 4,926 new cases and 78 deaths, raising its caseload to 6,40,409 and the death toll to 12,954.

A total of 61,181 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 37,30,729.

Of 985 fatalities, 392 occurred in the last 48 hours, 251 in the last week while the rest had taken place earlier but were added to the tally now, an official explained.

Maharashtra has now 6,73,481 active cases.

Apr 28, 2021 - 21:56 (IST)

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People with comorbidities will be given preference in Delhi in Phase 3 of vaccination

The third phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive for those in the 18-44 age group is likely to begin at "moderate" pace in the national capital and people with comorbidities will be given preference, officials said on Wednesday, reports PTI.

The Delhi government has placed an order for over 1.3 crore doses with manufacturers. The vaccine will be delivered in phases, an official aware of the development said. Private hospitals will have to procure vaccines directly from manufacturers, he said.

"We are likely to have a moderate start and it will be ramped up gradually," the official said. The Centre will continue to provide vaccine for those aged above 45.

Apr 28, 2021 - 21:47 (IST)

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Gujarat reports highest single-day rise in deaths with 174 fatalities

Gujarat registered 14,120 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while 174 people succumbed to the infection, the highest single-day fatalities so far, the state health department said.

With the addition of 14,120 new patients, the state's tally of coronavirus cases rose to 5,38,845, the department said in a release here.

On Tuesday, Gujarat had registered 14,352 cases, the highest in a day so far.

After the death of 174 more patients, the statewide toll increased to 6,830, the department said.

The previous highest single-day toll was 170, reported on April 27.

Apr 28, 2021 - 21:28 (IST)

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West Bengal reports record new cases with 17,207 infections

West Bengal on Wednesday logged 17,207 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest-single day spike recorded in the state so far, pushing the tally to 7,93,552, a bulletin issued by the health department said. The toll climbed to 11,159 with 77 more fatalities which is also the maximum count during a day, it said.

The metropolis accounted for 22 fatalities, followed by neighboring North 24 Parganas (16) and Howrah (5). The remaining deaths were reported from several other districts. The new infections include 3,821 cases in Kolkata and 3,778 in North 24 Parganas.

-PTI

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The first consignments of medical supplies from the US and Russia are expected to reach India in the next two days and Indian missions abroad were told to focus on procurement of oxygen-related equipment and critical medicines such as Remdesivir, sources told PTI on Wednesday.

Posing another challenge to the already overburdened system tackling the covid crisis, about 3,000 infected people have gone missing in the city and many have switched off their phones, prompting the government to task the police to trace them.

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 63,309 new coronavirus cases and 985 deaths, the state health department said.

West Bengal on Wednesday logged 17,207 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest-single day spike recorded in the state so far, pushing the tally to 7,93,552, a bulletin issued by the health department said.

In a tweet, China's Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said that India has recently ordered about 25 thousand oxygen concentrators from the country

Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla will get ''Y'' category security across India by the CRPF, the Union government officials said on Wednesday.

Amid surging coronavirus cases, the Bihar government on Wednesday ordered that shops/commercial establishments will close at 4 pm daily while the timing of the night curfew will now be from 6 pm to 6 am

Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day rise in its COVID-19 death toll with 266 more people succumbing to disease, while 29,824 new cases pushed the tally to 11,82,848. The toll in the state now stands at 11,943. A total of 35,903 COVID-19 patients were discharged after recovery in the past 24 hours, reports PTI

Candidates or their agents will not be allowed inside counting halls without a negative coronavirus report or without having both COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Election Commission said Wednesday in its latest guidelines for counting of votes on May 2.

Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla Wednesday said his firm has decided to reduce the price of its coronavirus vaccine, Covishield, to the states from Rs 400 to Rs 300 per dose as a “philanthropic gesture”.

The government will procure one lakh portable oxygen concentrators and install 500 more pressure swing adsorption oxygen plants from the PM Cares Fund, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, asserting this will help improve access to oxygen, especially in district headquarters and tier-2 cities.

The Delhi High Court Wednesday said it appeared that the Centre wanted people to die as according to the new protocol on the use of Remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment, the drug was to be given only to those on oxygen support.

State health minister Rajesh Tope, however, urged the youth in the state to register on the Co-Win App and visit the vaccination centre only after registration and appointment.

NITI Aayog predicted that after Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh will emerge as the next COVID-19 hotspot in the country. The state may report over 1.9 lakh daily cases by the end of April, according to Centre's policy think thank.

A two-term Lok Sabha and three-time Maharashtra Assembly member, Gaikwad was hospitalised over two weeks ago for COVID-19 treatment, party sources said.

Casinos and bars will remain shut during the lockdown period, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate their kitchens for home deliveries. Dine-ins will not be allowed, said chief minister Pramod Sawant.

The apex court observed that it was only considering shifting the journalist to Delhi for his medical treatment. SC said it was the responsibility of the state to protect him while he was under its custody.

Speaking to Guardian Australia, Fauci said the situation in India is an example of global inequality. India's COVID-19 toll crossed the 2 lakh-mark on Wednesday.

Pfizer, which developed the first authorized vaccine in the US with German drugmaker BioNTech, began in March an early stage clinical trial testing a new antiviral therapy for the disease, reported CNBC.

Speaking about the "heartbreaking news from hospitals in India that are unable to keep up with the number of patients" Trudeau said Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau has spoken with the Indian government.

After registration, taking an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine jab would be mandatory for those aged between 18 and 44 years as walk-ins will not be allowed initially, officials said.

With the death of over 3,200 COVID-19 patients in a day, the toll due to the novel coronavirus in the country increased to 2,01,187. This takes the national fatality rate to 1.11 percent.

The Act exponentially increases powers of Delhi's nominated Lieutenant Governor while emasculating the elected government and Assembly.

Delhi logged a record 381 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while the positivity rate stood at 32.72 percent, according to the latest bulletin issued by the city health department This is the sixth day on the trot that Delhi has recorded over 300 deaths due to coronavirus .

It had reported 380 deaths on Monday, 350 on Sunday, 357 deaths on Saturday, 348 on Friday and 306 on Thursday, according to government data.

The National Capital had recorded 20,201 cases on Monday, 22,933 on Sunday, 24,103 on Saturday, 24,331 on Friday, 26,169 on Thursday, and 24,638 on Wednesday.

The positivity rate was 35.02 percent on Monday, 30.21 on Sunday, 32.27 percent on Saturday, 32.43 on Friday, 36.24 on Thursday - the highest so far - 31.28 on Wednesday and 32.82 on Tuesday.

The city recorded over 24,149 fresh cases. The cumulative case count stands at 10,72,065, of which over 9.58 lakh have recovered. The toll due to the viral disease stands at 15,009, the bulletin said.

A total of 73,811 tests, including over 27,230 rapid-antigen tests, were conducted in the said period, it added.

The tally of active cases in the city was at 98,264.

Out of 20,653 beds in city hospitals, only 1,812 are vacant. A total of 54,578 patients are recovering in home isolation, the bulletin said.

A total of 57,020 vaccine doses were administered to people in the said period and the beneficiaries included 35,582 who took the first dose and 2,1438 who received the second dose, the bulletin said.

The number of containment zones in the city has jumped to 31,570 from 29,104 the previous day.

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