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Coronavirus Updates: Centre's vaccine policy prima facie detrimental to right to health, says SC

Coronavirus Updates: The Centre and the state governments were also asked to provide a breakup of the current and projected availability of COVID-19 vaccine stocks for the next 6 months

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Coronavirus Updates: Centre's vaccine policy prima facie detrimental to right to health, says SC

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22:59 (ist)

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Supreme Court gives Centre two days to rectify Delhi oxygen issue

As per Bar&Bench, the Supreme Court in an order released late Sunday night has directed the Central government to create a buffer stock of oxygen along with the states so that the stock can be used if the regular supply chain is disrupted due to any reason.

It gives two days to Centre to rectify Delhi's oxygen shortage issue.

The order was passed by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat is the suo motu case concerning supply of essential medicines, drugs and vaccines in the wake of second wave of COVID-19

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May 03, 2021 - 00:02 (IST)

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Centre's Vaccine policy prima facie detrimental to right to health, say SC

In a late night order on Sunday, the Supreme Court said the manner in which Centre’s current vaccine policy has been framed would prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health, an integral part of Article 21 of Constitution and asked the Centre to revisit the policy.

"Therefore, we believe that the Central Government should consider revisiting its current vaccine policy to ensure that it withstands the scrutiny of Articles 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution," the bench said.

The Centre and the state governments were also asked to provide a breakup of the current and projected availability of vaccine stocks for the next 6 months

May 02, 2021 - 23:57 (IST)

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Delhi University defers final year exams in view of rising COVID-19 cases

Delhi University has decided to defer final year examinations amid rising COVID-19 cases in the city, officials said on Sunday.

The final year and final semester exams were supposed to begin from May 15 but will now begin from June 1. They will be conducted online and held in open book format.

"We held a meeting on Saturday with all the heads of departments and deans. The meeting was chaired by the vice-chancellor. It was decided that the exams will be postponed to June 1," D S Rawat, Dean of Examinations, DU, said.

Rawat said the decision on exams for intermediate semesters will be taken later.

He said the examination branch officials have been battling coronavirus and on Sunday morning two employees -- a section officer and a contractual staff -- succumbed to COVID-19.

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May 02, 2021 - 23:46 (IST)

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Create buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes: SC

The apex court also directed the Centre to prepare, in collaboration with the states, a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes and decentralize the location of the emergency stocks.

“The emergency stocks shall be created within the next four days and is to be replenished on a day to day basis, in addition to the existing allocation of oxygen supply to the states”, the court said.

May 02, 2021 - 23:37 (IST)

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No clampdown on social media SOS calls, says SC

As Supreme Court order said, "The Central Government and State Governments shall notify all Chief  Secretaries/Directors General of Police/Commissioners of Police that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment caused to individuals seeking/delivering help on any platform will attract a coercive exercise of jurisdiction by this Court. The Registrar (Judicial) is also directed to place a copy of this order before all District Magistrates in the country,"

May 02, 2021 - 23:27 (IST)

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Show curbs taken to curb virus, place it on record: SC to Centre, state govts

In light of the continuing surge of infections in the second wave of the pandemic, the apex court directed Centre and state governments to put on record the efforts taken to curb the spread of the virus and the measures that they plan on taking in the near future. The court also asked the Centre consider using health care workforce available with the armed forces and paramilitary forces for the purpose of vaccination:

May 02, 2021 - 23:20 (IST)

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No patient can be denied hospitalisation, drugs for lack of residential proof, says SC

As per the new SC order, the court has asked the Centre, within two weeks, to formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals which shall be followed by all State Governments. Till the formulation of such a policy by the Central Government, no patient shall be denied hospitalization or essential drugs in any State/UT for lack of local residential proof of that State/UT or even in the absence of identity proof

May 02, 2021 - 22:59 (IST)

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Supreme Court gives Centre two days to rectify Delhi oxygen issue

As per Bar&Bench, the Supreme Court in an order released late Sunday night has directed the Central government to create a buffer stock of oxygen along with the states so that the stock can be used if the regular supply chain is disrupted due to any reason.

It gives two days to Centre to rectify Delhi's oxygen shortage issue.

The order was passed by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat is the suo motu case concerning supply of essential medicines, drugs and vaccines in the wake of second wave of COVID-19

May 02, 2021 - 22:49 (IST)

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India receives 1.25 lakh vials of Remdesivir from US

May 02, 2021 - 22:45 (IST)

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809 ventilators given to districts in Punjab

The Punjab government on Sunday said it has provided 809 more ventilators to the districts in the state amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

While reviewing the COVID situation, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan directed all the deputy commissioners to get the new ventilators installed by Sunday itself and ensure that not even a single oxygen concentrator and ventilator remain unutilised.

She also ordered from home for private offices so that the chain of COVID-19 transmission could be broken.

Mahajan further directed for increasing the number of level-2 and level-3 beds to provide the best possible care to serious coronavirus patients as 14 of the total 22 districts have been showing more than 10 percent positivity rate.

May 02, 2021 - 22:32 (IST)

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Tamil Nadu adds all-time high 20,768 new COVID-19 cases; 153 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Sunday reported an all-time high of 20,768 new COVID-19 cases pushing the caseload to 12,07,112 while the death toll rose to 14,346 with 153 fatalities. According to the Health department, recoveries mounted to 10,72,322 Sunday with 17,576 patients being discharged, leaving 1,20,444 active cases.

The number of samples tested stood at 1,43,083, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 2,29,56,942. Tamil Nadu had breached the 10,000 cases mark on April 18, by adding 10,723 new infections.

Coronavirus Latest Updates:  As per Bar&Bench, the Supreme Court in an order released late Sunday night has directed the Central government to create a buffer stock of oxygen along with the states so that the stock can be used if the regular supply chain is disrupted due to any reason.

The National Capital reported 407 COVID-19 fatalities and 20,394 cases with a positivity rate of 28.33 per cent on Sunday, according to a bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

On the instructions of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Bihar government on Sunday decided to give status of frontline workers to the journalists, who will get COVID vaccination on a priority basis.

The third and the largest phase of vaccination, under which beneficiaries in the 18-45 age group will be given jabs against coronavirus , will begin in Delhi on Monday.

Around 90 lakh people in this category will be eligible for the jabs. Five vaccination booths each have been set up at 77 schools for the inoculation exercise, an official told news agency PTI.

Mumbai's civic body on Sunday said vaccination for those above the age of 45 will remain suspended on Monday as well while that for those in 18-45 age group will be carried out at five Centres.

Leaders of 13 Opposition parties Sunday urged the Centre to launch a free mass vaccination drive across the country in view of the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases.

In a joint statement, they also called upon the Centre to ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply to all hospitals and health centres as they manage the staggering patient loads in view of the rising cases.

The Delhi High Court on Sunday directed the Delhi government to ensure that medicines and equipment like oxygen cylinders and concentrators needed for COVID-19 treatment not be sold above the maximum retail price (MRP).

During the hearing in the Delhi High Court,  Sita Ram Bhartiya Hospital, Venkateswara Hospital, Maharaja Agrasen Hospital raised SOS calls before the bench regarding shortage of oxygen, said reports. MD City Hospital also told Delhi High Court that it was facing a crisis and has oxygen left for only one hour, said reports.

Senior advocate Rahul Mehra informed the Delhi High Court that the Centre has taken over oxygen plants and allocation to states. He alleges that Delhi is given 40 percent less than the demanded quantity, while some states were given the quantity they asked for and some states likes Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra were given more than what they asked for.

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that a total of 122 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine would be required to vaccinate a population of 59 crore in the age group of 18 to 45 years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the human resource situation in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to augment it, said reports. After the meeting, reports said final year MBBS and nursing students may be roped in for Covid duty.

A total of 86,023 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine across 11 states on 1 May, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik declares working journalists of the state as frontline COVID-19 warriors, reports news agency ANI quoting the CMO. He said working journalists are doing a great service to the state by providing seamless news feed, making people aware on COVID-related issues and they're great support for war against COVID-19 ,the CMO added.

A record 3,689 daily COVID-19 fatalities pushed India's death toll to 2,15,542, while the infection count reached to 1,95,57,457 with 3,92,488 more people being confirmed positive for the disease, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The active cases have crossed the 33-lakh mark, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 33,49,644, comprising 17.13 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 81.77 percent.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1, 59,92,271, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.10 percent, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on23  August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20  November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

The country crossed the grim milestone of 1.50 crore on 19 April.

According to ICMR, 29,01,42,339 samples have been tested up to 1 May with 18,04,954 samples being tested on Saturday.

The 3,689 new fatalities included 802 from Maharashtra, 412 from Delhi, 304 from Uttar Pradesh, 271 from Karnataka, 229 from Chhattisgarh, 172 from Gujarat, 169 from Jharkhand,160 from Rajasthan, 147 from Tamil Nadu, 138 from Punjab,125 from Haryana, 107 from Uttarakhand, 103 from West Bengal and 102 from Madhya Pradesh.

A total of 2,15,542 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 69,615 from Maharashtra, 16,559 from Delhi ,15,794 from Karnataka, 14,193 from Tamil Nadu, 12,874 from Uttar Pradesh, 11,447 from West Bengal, 9,160 from Punjab and 8,810 from Chhattisgarh.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent 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 state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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