Coronavirus India Highlights: Govt reconstitutes empowered groups on COVID-19; oxygen, vaccination included too
Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown and Cases News Highlights: Today’s Covid numbers –– Delhi (956 cases), Mumbai (1048 cases), Kolkata (1735 cases), Bengaluru (4889 cases), Chennai (2705 cases)
By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: May 30, 2021 9:20:06 am
Doctors helping patients with routine breathing exercises at post Covid Care ward at Dhanvantari hospital in Ahmedabad.
Covid-19 India Highlights: The Centre Saturday reconstituted the six empowered groups formed for COVID-19 management to make 10 panels, expanding their ambit to look after issues like availability of oxygen, vaccination, emergency response and economic welfare measures, PTI reported. According to an official order, the issues related to oxygen production, import, establishment of PSA plants will be dealt with by an empowered group, whose convenor will be the Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and it will have 10 members.
The Kerala government Saturday announced extension of the statewide lockdown till June 9, to arrest the spread of the COVID-19. In a press conference, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also announced announced the withdrawal of “triple lockdown” which was in place in Malappuram district which was recording high number of cases.
Meanwhile, Goa on Saturday recorded less than 1k cases first time since April 19. In the last 24 hours, the state saw 963 new cases, 27 deaths, 155 discharges from hospital and 1,206 recoveries. With the COVID-19 case positivity rate still hovering around 22 per cent, the Goa government has decided to extend the ongoing “corona curfew” by another week till June 7.
India, meanwhile, showed a decline in daily cases and reported 173,790 new Covid-19 cases and 3,617 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday. With 2,84,601 patients recovered during the last 24 hours, a total of 2,51,78,011 recoveries reported across the country so far. Also, the active caseload further declined to 22,28,724 with a drop of more than a lakh in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry. The number of new Covid-19 cases detected on Friday is the lowest since April 12. Maharashtra reported 1,022 new deaths while Tamil Nadu had 486. Tamil Nadu recorded over 31,000 new cases while Karnataka had close to 23,000.
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Jaishankar meets Blinken, other top officials; US underlines Covid cooperation, India help
At the beginning of the meeting, Blinken described Jaishankar as “my friend and colleague”. (ANI)
The Central government on Saturday announced that it will support the children orphaned by Covid-19 and will ensure their free education. In a release, it said that the children who lost parents to the pandemic will get a monthly stipend once they turn 18 and a fund of Rs 10 lakh when they turn 23 from PM CARES. The government will also assist them to get higher education loans and the PM CARES will pay the interest.
The number of cases recorded in 24 hours in Delhi has come down to three digits after 67 days, with the city reporting 956 in the last 24 hours on Saturday.The city had conducted 80,473 tests in the last 24 hours, out of which 956 turned out to be COVID positive. This means that the city’s positivity rate further decreased to 1.19%. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Delhi’s supply of vaccine doses for those in the 18-44 category will not be replenished before June 10. He added that this had been communicated to the Delhi government by the Centre on Friday.
With the supply of doses running out, vaccination for people in the 18-44 category has been stopped at all the Delhi government vaccination centres for the last six days.
With today's data, the recovery rate has increased to 90.80 per cent. Also, the weekly positivity rate is currently at 9.84%, daily at 8.36%, less than 10% for 5 consecutive days.
The Union Health Ministry Saturday said over 27.7 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories. Out of which, the total consumption, including wastages is 20,80,09,397 doses, it said. "Over 1.82 crore Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states/union territories. Over 4 lakh doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states/UTs within the next 3 days," the ministry said.
The meeting, which was ongoing at press time, was expected to focus on vaccine cooperation between the two countries. While India is struggling with a shortage of vaccines, the US has surplus vaccines and raw materials needed to manufacture them.
At the beginning of the meeting, Blinken described Jaishankar as “my friend and colleague”. “The United States and India are working together on so many of the most important challenges of our time and ones that are putting a profound impact on our lives,” he said.
“We are united in confronting Covid-19 together, we (are) united in dealing with the challenge posed by climate change, to partner together directly, through Quad and other institutions in the United Nations in dealing with many of the challenges that we face in the region and around the world,” Blinken said.
Kerala, Mumbai ease inoculation for students headed abroad
Meanwhile, the Kerala Health Department Friday tweaked vaccination norms for those travelling abroad, allowing them to take the second dose of Covishield vaccine after four to six weeks of the first one, as against the existing 12-16-week interval recommended now. Last week, the state government had included those travelling abroad for jobs and studies among priority groups for vaccination, to be administered Covishield procured by the government.
In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation also announced Friday that those going abroad for studies would be given priority among the 18-44-year age group for Covid-19 vaccination. The municipal corporation has set aside three days in the week (Monday to Wednesday) for their vaccination without pre-registration, at specified centres in Mumbai.
EVEN as the second Covid wave raged across the nation, the Uttarakhand government officially announced that on the three key days of the Kumbh, April 12, 13, and 14, a total of 49 lakh devotees had taken a dip in the Ganga at Har Ki Pauri and linked ghats in Hardwar.
Under fire for this gathering — the Uttarakhand High Court last week called holding Kumbh a “mistake” — officials in the state government and the district administration, after a detailed review, have assessed that the attendance figure was almost 70% down, to an estimated 15 lakh, for these three days.
When contacted, Sanjay Gunjyal, Inspector General of Police, Kumbh Mela, said: “The footfall on April 12 was only 21 lakh; on April 13 around 3 lakh and on April 14, about 12 lakh.”
Differences emerged between Opposition-ruled states and Centre as the discussion on granting further relief for Covid-related items, such as vaccines, medical supplies, reached an impasse in the 43rd Goods and Services Tax Council meeting on Friday. It has now been referred to a Group of Ministers, which will submit its recommendations by June 8.
The Council, which met after October 2020, discussed the issue of compensation payments, for which states raised concerns about the 7-per cent revenue growth assumption. A special session will be called soon for discussing compensation issues and the extension of guaranteed compensation period beyond June 2022. “It is one thing to rush to say — do this, it will benefit the common man. But when the technical, fitment and law committees go into the details, you realise that that could have collateral impact on many others. I am not talking about the revenue generation aspect, but how many other items will get included in it as a result of which, how you are going to implement it,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.
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