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COVID-related drugs, oxygen cylinders still taxed in India

A report in NDTV highlighted that key drugs and medical supplies, including Remdesivir and medical grade oxygen, still attract high taxation in India, even when most of the country is facing an acute shortage. 

The issue was also highlighted in a PIL submitted before the Supreme Court last week, wherein advocate Astha Sharma requested court intervention to waive off 12 percent GST on medical equipment and drugs crucial for fighting coronavirus. 

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May 05, 2021 - 23:46 (IST)

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Over 16.24 Cr COVID vaccine doses administered in India: Govt

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far stands at 16,24,30,828, the health ministry said on Wednesday. It said 2,30,305 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received the first dose of the vaccine on Wednesday across 12 states and Union territories.

The total number of people in this age group who have been inoculated against the viral disease stands at 9,02,731, the ministry said. 
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 16,24,30,828, according to a provisional report compiled at 8 pm.

May 05, 2021 - 23:24 (IST)

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30 districts showing rising trend in no. of COVID cases for two weeks, most in south

Thirty districts in the country are showing a continued rise in the number of coronavirus cases for the last two weeks, of which 10 are in Kerala, seven in Andhra Pradesh, three in Karnataka and one in Tamil Nadu, the Centre said on Wednesday.

Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said Bengaluru (Urban) has recorded 1,49,241 cases over the last one week, followed by Chennai, which has recorded 38,379 cases.
 
He said in Kerala, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and Kollam districts have recorded a continued rise in the number of cases for the last two weeks. Besides Bengaluru (Urban), Mysuru and Tumakuru districts of Karnataka, Solapur and Satara districts of Maharashtra have recorded a high number of cases over the last two weeks, he said.

May 05, 2021 - 23:11 (IST)

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Third wave of COVID 'inevitable': Govt

The government on Wednesday said that a third wave of coronavirus pandemic was "inevitable", although a time-frame for it could not be predicted. In a press briefing by the Ministry of Health Affairs on Wednesday, officials said the long COVID wave of such "ferocity" that the country was experiencing currently "was not predicted".

Twelve states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, have more than 1 lakh active COVID cases, the government said. Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Bihar are among the states that show increasing trend in daily cases, it said.

May 05, 2021 - 22:58 (IST)

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6th flight of emergency relief for India in 6 days: US embassy

US-India partnership involves all aspects of the relationship—govt, business& ppl. This week, vaccine components arrived in India from the US that will enable the manufacturing of 20 million doses of Covishield vaccine. Together we will defeat COVID-19, Daniel B Smith, US Ambassador in India said.

May 05, 2021 - 22:19 (IST)

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UK variant dominates north India; double mutant in west

The UK strain of coronavirus is currently dominating parts of north India while the double mutant variant is found mostly in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Sujeet Singh said on Wednesday. He, however, added that the B1.1.7 lineage of SARS CoV-2 (UK variant) is declining in proportion across the country in the last month and a half.

The double mutant variant, also known as B.1.617, is mostly dominating Maharashtra (761), West Bengal (124), Delhi (107) and Gujarat (102).
The South African variant, also known as B.1.315, was predominantly found in Telangana and Delhi. The Brazilian variant (P1) was only found in Maharashtra in a negligible proportion. 

May 05, 2021 - 21:35 (IST)

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COVID-related drugs, oxygen cylinders still taxed in India

A report in NDTV highlighted that key drugs and medical supplies, including Remdesivir and medical grade oxygen, still attract high taxation in India, even when most of the country is facing an acute shortage. 

The issue was also highlighted in a PIL submitted before the Supreme Court last week, wherein advocate Astha Sharma requested court intervention to waive off 12 percent GST on medical equipment and drugs crucial for fighting coronavirus. 

May 05, 2021 - 21:25 (IST)

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With Covid cases rising, EC defers bypolls across states

In view of the rising Covid cases, the Election Commission of India decides to defer by-elections of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) and Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) Parliamentary constituencies and 8 Assembly constituencies in various states

May 05, 2021 - 21:06 (IST)

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Vaccination for 18-44 age group restricted to few districts due to inadequate doses: Rajasthan health minister

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Wednesday said the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state for people aged 18 years and above is restricted to a few districts due to non-availability of adequate doses.  The government had started vaccinating people in the 18-44 age group from May 1. 
 
"There are about 3.25 crore people in the age group of 18 to 44 years in the state. In such a situation, the state needs around seven crore doses, including both the dosage and wastage. Vaccination has to be restricted to a few districts due to inadequate doses, Sharma said. Immunisation work will be carried out extensively in the entire state as soon as sufficient doses are received from the centre," he added. 

May 05, 2021 - 20:44 (IST)

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Maharshtra preparing for third wave, says Thackeray

The state is producing around 1200 MT oxygen but the consumption has today increased to around 1,700. MT, says Thackeray. We have written to the Centre yesterday asking for more 200 MT of oxygen, he said adding that the Centre has allowed the state to get 500 MT from other states. The state has started preparing for the third wave, he said adding that authorities have been told to work towards ramping up production to 3,000 MT.

The chief minister said Remdesivir is being provided to every district as per  its need. From yesterday, the task force has started providing guidance to family doctors over Zoom calls aboutwhich medicines to give COVID patients getting treated at home and how to decide which patients need to be admitted to hospitals, he informs. Maharashtra is on the path to becoming self sufficient in terms of oxygen, Remdesivir, other facilities to not only tackle the second wave but also prevent a third wave, if it comes, from having a disastrous effect on the state, he said.

May 05, 2021 - 20:38 (IST)

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Number of cases going down in some districts, increasing in others, says Uddhav Thackeray

The SC has lauded Maharashtra, especially Mumbai for its fight against COVID-19, said Uddhav Thackeray and thanked people for helping the government and the BMC. Referring to restrictions in the state, he said the rise in cases has started to decline marginally but added that the state was standing on a dangerous turn. The number of patients is going down in some districts of Maharashtra but also increasing in some other districts, he adds.

We have been preparing since the last month and the Centre's principal scientific advisor has advised to prepare for third wave,says Uddhav Thackeray. Speaking about the health facilities, he said there are around 4.5 lakh isolation beds, 30,000 ICU beds and around 12,000 ventilators in the state.  With regards to vaccination, we have to give vaccines to around 6 crore citizens in 18-44 age group. As we get vaccine doses, we can increase pace to even 10 lakh doses per day, he says. 

Coronavirus in India Latest News LIVE Updates: In view of the rising Covid cases, the Election Commission of India decides to defer by-elections of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) and Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) Parliamentary constituencies and 8 Assembly constituencies in various states

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Wednesday said the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state for people aged 18 years and above is restricted to a few districts due to non-availability of adequate doses. The government had started vaccinating people in the 18-44 age group from 1 May.

 Drug firm Roche India on Wednesday said it has received Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) for Roche's investigational antibody cocktail used in the treatment of COVID-19 .

The approval of antibody cocktail of Casirivimab and Imdevimab in India was based on the data filed for the EUA in the US, and the scientific opinion of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) in the European Union, Roche India said in a statement.

In the highest single-day spike, Kerala on Wednesday reported 41,953 new COVID-19 cases, while 23,106 people were cured of the infection, pushing the caseload to 17,43,932 and recoveries to 13.62 lakh, the state government said.

India accounted for nearly half of the coronavirus cases reported across the world last week, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. The WHO said in its weekly epidemiological report that India accounted for 46 percent of global cases and 25 percent of global deaths reported in the past week.

According to reports, during the press briefing on the COVID-19 situation, the NCDC director Dr Sujeet Singh said the B1.1.7 lineage of SARV-CoV-2  (UK variant) has been declining in proportion across the country in the last month and a half. The B1.617 lineage has been seen in Maharashtra, he said adding that the current surge in some states in the last one-and-a-half months shows a correlation with the rise in the B1.617 lineage.

 A phase three (third wave) is inevitable, given the higher levels of circulating virus but it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur, said K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Centre. "We should prepare for new waves," he said.

The Karnataka High Court directed the state government to submit a projected estimate of oxygen for next one week and further directed that this representation should be considered within four days Till then, the Centre should increase the cap of oxygen allocation to Karnatka to 1121 MT per day, it said.

Directions have been given to the Centre to place a plan before the SC by 10.30 am tomorrow with regard to oxygen supply of 700 MT as per the SC order.

When the Centre claimed that Delhi can manage with 500 tonnes of oxygen, the apex court disagreed saying its orders were for 700 metric tonnes and that 550 metric tonnes it was getting now will not resolve the city's problem.

Justice DY Chandrachud told the Central government officials that the Supreme Court understands that contempt won't bring oxygen for Delhi and that most officers are working beyond the call of duty.

The top court is hearing Centre's plea against Delhi High Court's order mulling contempt action against its officials over failure to supply 700 MT of oxygen to National Capital.

On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court had directed the presence of Central government officers, Sumita Dawra and Piyush Goyal, who are handling oxygen allocation to states to explain failure to meet the assurance with regard to oxygen supply of 700 MT per day to the National Capital.

The Centre Wednesday moved the apex court against Delhi High Court order asking state and Centre officials to remain present to see if contempt proceedings be initiated or not since oxygen supply for National Capital was not met.

Matter will be placed before Justice DY Chandrachud.

The Delhi High Court on Monday pulled up the Centre for its failure to meet the assurance with regard to supply of liquid medical oxygen to the National Capital in line with the directions passed by the top court.

Three patients were elderly and two were young. One of the five deceased was in ICU and others were in the oxygen ward, said a hospital official.

On-tap liquidity of Rs 50,000 crore at repo rate is being opened till 31 March, 2022. Under the scheme, banks can support entities including COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, medical facilities, hospitals and also patients, said the RBI governor.

The daily COVID-19 cases reported in the past 24 hours saw an increase by 25,086 or 6.6 percent from Tuesday. India had reported 3,57,229 cases on 4 May.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 16 crore with nearly 11.5 lakh doses administered till 8 pm on Tuesday, the health ministry said.

West Bengal on Tuesday reported its highest single-day deaths of 107 COVID patients taking the toll to 11,744, the health department said in a bulletin. The tally also went up to 8,98,533 after the state recorded its highest daily spike of 17,639 cases.

In the past 24 hours, 16,547 patients were cured of the novel coronavirus , taking the total number of recoveries to 1,06,58,094. The number of active cases has risen to 1,20,946, the bulletin added.

Out of the 107 deaths, 53 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental. North 24 Parganas district and Kolkata reported 33 and 31 fresh fatalities respectively. The remaining deaths were registered in several other districts.

The 17,639 fresh positive cases included 3,954 from North 24 Parganas district and 3,914 from Kolkata, the bulletin said.

Since Monday, 57,748 COVID-19 samples were tested in West Bengal for the virus, taking the total number of such tests to 1,06,58,094.

The total number of people inoculated in West Bengal on Tuesday was 1,34,819. The inoculation process for people belonging to the 18-44 years age bracket started at two private hospitals in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the state health department dismissed rumours regarding the shortage of Remdesisir and said that companies "should allocate the drug to clinical establishments
on the basis of CCU bed strength and the rate of occupancy there".

Companies would not be able to sell them to individuals against any doctor's prescription, the department said issuing a similar advisory for the usage of Tocilizumab drug.

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