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Coronavirus India Highlights: PM reviews availability & supply of oxygen and medicines

India reported 3,48,421 new Covid-19 cases and 4,205 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Wednesday, as per the Union Health Ministry.

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: May 13, 2021 8:54:37 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the availability and supply of oxygen and medicines. He remarked that states should be asked to operationalize ventilators in a time-bound manner and resolve technical and training issues with the help of the manufacturers.

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Earlier today, leaders of 12 Opposition parties shot off a letter to PM Modi and demanded free mass vaccination against coronavirus, suspension of the central vista project, among others

India reported 3,48,421 new Covid-19 cases and 4,205 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Wednesday, as per the Union Health Ministry. Also, as many as 3,55,338 people were discharged during the same period. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached 2,33,40,938, out of which, 37,04,099 are active cases, 2,54,197 people have lost their lives while 1,93,82,642 have recovered.

As many as 533 of the country’s 700-plus districts are now reporting a test positivity rate of more than 10 per cent, the government had said on Tuesday, underlining the massive spread of the coronavirus infection in rural India in the second wave. Also, according to the latest government data, the top five states on the Covid chart, which account for 54 per cent of the total active cases in the country, get only 42 per cent of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) allocated by the Centre to 33 states and Union Territories.

Meanwhile, the deepening of fear in the countryside with the rapid spread of Covid-19 in rural areas is likely to further delay the recovery of the services sectors. Some economists hence worry that the impact of the unfolding second wave, with stringent lockdowns in several states, will likely be higher than the last time around.

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Coronavirus India Highlights: India reports 3,48,421 new cases, 4,205 deaths in 24 hours; Covid-19 spreads to rural India; 533 districts reporting over 10% positivity; spread in rural areas may hit recovery further

01:30 (IST)13 May 2021
Bengal reports record 20,377 new COVID-19 cases, 135 more deaths

West Bengal on Wednesday registered its highest single-day spike of 20,377 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally to 10,53,117, the health department said in a bulletin.

The death toll rose to 12,728 as 135 more people succumbed to the disease, it said, adding that 55 of them died due to comorbidities, where COVID-19 was incidental. PTI

01:26 (IST)13 May 2021
HC seeks detailed report from Punjab, Haryana on Covid spread in rural belt

Concerned over the spread of Covid-19 in the rural areas, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought a report from Punjab and Haryana governments detailing steps being taken to combat the virus in rural belt.

The division bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh directed the Punjab to file affidavit by an officer not below the rank of Principal Secretary, Health. The matter has now been adjourned for hearing for May 18.

Haryana has been asked to submit a report by an officer not below the rank of Additional Chief Secretary, Health. Read More

01:10 (IST)13 May 2021
Haryana begins setting up isolation centres in 50 villages

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday directed all Deputy Commissioners to set up isolation centres in 50 or more villages that had turned into Covid hotspots in next two days and submit an action taken report to the office of Director General, Development and Panchayats. Read More

01:06 (IST)13 May 2021
Assam reports 71 more COVID deaths, 5,657 new cases

Assam reported 71 more deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 1,909, while 5,657 new cases of infections pushed the tally to 3,10,086, the National Health Mission (NHM) said.

Currently, the state has a total of 40,970 active cases.

The NHM in its bulletin said that 3,880 people recovered from the disease during the day taking the total number of cured people to 2,65,860. PTI

01:05 (IST)13 May 2021
COVID: 800 oxygen-supported beds added in Jammu region to enhance capacity

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has added nearly 800 more oxygen-supported beds in the region in a week to augment the existing bed capacity amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, officials said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, bed capacity in two major private hospitals has also gone up by 60 beds. PTI

01:03 (IST)13 May 2021
Manipur reports record 666 new COVID-19 cases, 17 more deaths

The COVID-19 caseload in Manipur mounted to 37,036 on Wednesday as the state reported its highest single-day spike of 666 new cases, an official said. 

The death toll rose to 526 as 17 more people succumbed to the disease, he said. 

Imphal West district registered 252 fresh cases, followed by Imphal East (171), Kakching (60), Churachandpur (50), Bishnupur (48), Thoubal (34), Ukhrul (15) and Senapati (13). PTI

00:51 (IST)13 May 2021
Pause, rethink Central vista: 76 scholars write to PM

A group of 76 public intellectuals and scholars from India and abroad, including historian Romila Thapar, critic and scholar Gayatri Spivak, artist Anish Kapoor, writer Orhan Pamuk, Glenn Lowry (director, Museum of Modern Art, New York), have called for a halt and reconsideration of the government’s Central Vista redevelopment project.

In an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, the scholars criticised the “extravagant project” in the “midst of a devastating pandemic, endangering workers, and squandering scarce resources that could be used to save lives.” Read More

00:18 (IST)13 May 2021
Punjab: 8347 fresh Covid cases in 24 hours; 197 more deaths

The number of new Covid cases in Punjab dipped slightly on Wednesday, with the state adding 8347 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours as compared to Tuesday’s 8668 cases, the daily health bulletin said. At least 197 people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, while 4971 recovered from it, the bulletin added.

The total number of confirmed cases in Punjab on Wednesday stood at 467,539, of which 79963 were active. Read More

00:16 (IST)13 May 2021
Madhya Pradesh gearing up for third wave of COVID-19: Minister

Claiming that the second wave of COVID-19 has slowed down in Madhya Pradesh, state minister Dr Prabhu Ram Choudhary on Wednesday said that in view of the threat of the third wave, the government has started enhancing its basic infrastructure in the medical field.

The health and family welfare minister was speaking to reporters after reviewing the coronavirus situation in Indore district. PTI

00:01 (IST)13 May 2021
Gujarat govt allows MA, MA-Vatsalya cards for COVID-19 treatment

In a relief to people from lower income groups in Gujarat, the state government allowed them to use their Mukhyamantri Amrutam (MA) cards and MA-Vatsalya cards to avail free COVID-19 treatment up to Rs 50,000 at private hospitals.

The decision to allow state government-issued MA and MA-Vatsalya cards for coronavirus treatment at private hospitals was taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani during a meeting with the core group of the state government, an official release said on Wednesday. PTI

23:59 (IST)12 May 2021
Rajasthan to issue global tender for COVID-19 vaccines from abroad

The Rajasthan government will purchase vaccines from abroad to speed up the coronavirus vaccination process in the state and a global tender will be issued for the same.
Along with this, the government has also approved direct purchase of coronavirus treatment drugs and equipment from the companies.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the state council of ministers held through video conference on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. PTI

23:55 (IST)12 May 2021
Active Covid caseload to dip in Pune, Mumbai and Thane by May 23: Health dept analysis

In a positive development, according to the state Health department’s new projections for active caseload in Maharashtra, the number in Pune district is expected to come down to 60,715 by May 23.

In an earlier projection on May 6, the state Health department had pegged Pune’s active caseload at 1.31 lakh by May 16. According to the state data, till May 11, there were a total of 95,731 active Covid-19 cases in Pune district. The earlier projection had also estimated that Pune would face a shortage of 4,952 oxygen-supported beds and 191 ICU beds.

But the present analysis estimates no shortfall by May 23, and the city will have 41,19 oxygen-supported beds and 1992 ICU beds by then. Read More

22:20 (IST)12 May 2021
Tripura Police apprehends 7 out of 25 Covid patients who fled care centre

Tripura police apprehended seven COVID-19 patients out of 25, who escaped from a Covid care centre located at Ambassa in Dhalai district, nearly 110 kilometres away from Agartala. 

Twenty five Covid-19 patients escaped from a Covid care centre on Monday night. All of them visited the state for work from different states. Debraj Deb reports

22:13 (IST)12 May 2021
Karnataka 'temporarily suspends' vaccination for 18-44 age group

The Karnataka government Wednesday announced that it would temporarily suspend anti-Covid vaccination for people aged 18 to 44 from May 14.

"This order will be applicable for COVID vaccination at all Government COVID vaccination centers in the state," a note issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare read. This includes beneficiaries who have already obtained an appointment as well.

22:13 (IST)12 May 2021
Jharkhand extends lockdown-like restrictions with stricter provisions till May 27

The Jharkhand government on Wednesday extended the lockdown-like restrictions with stricter provisions,including 7 days mandatory quarantine for people visiting the state, till May 27 amid a surge in COVID- 19 cases, officials said. PTI

20:50 (IST)12 May 2021
Serum says will raise monthly production to 10 cr doses by Aug, Bharat Biotech promises 7.8 cr

Amid multiple states reporting a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech have submitted to the Centre their production plan for the next four months, informing they can ramp it up to 10 crore and 7.8 crore doses respectively by August, official sources said on Wednesday. PTI

20:49 (IST)12 May 2021
Vaccine scarcity: Maharashtra suspends vaccination for 18-44 age group

Due to the acute shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in Maharashtra, the state government on Wednesday decided to temporarily suspend its drive to vaccinate people in the age group of 18 to 44 and divert the available stock of doses for the above-45 age group, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. This decision was taken during the state cabinet meeting.
The minister also revealed that the Serum Institute of India (SII) has informed the Maharashtra government that it would be able to provide 1.5 crore Covishield vaccines to the state only May 20 onwards. PTI

19:38 (IST)12 May 2021
SC defers Thursday's hearing in suo moto Covid-19 case

In the wake of Justice DY Chandrachud testing positive for Covid-19, the Supreme Court has deferred Thursday's scheduled hearing in a suo moto case pertaining to Covid-19 issues. A fresh date of listing will be notified later, the apex court said.

19:21 (IST)12 May 2021
Stop Central Vista construction, use that money for procuring vaccines: Oppn leaders to PM

Pointing out that the Covid-19 pandemic has assumed "unprecedented dimensions of a human catastrophe", leaders of 12 Opposition parties wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding free mass vaccination against coronavirus and suspension of the central vista project, among others.

Here's a list of suggestions that opposition parties have put forward

1. Procure vaccines centrally from all available sources - global and domestic.
2. Immediately begin a free, universal mass vaccination campaign across the country.
3. Invoke compulsory licensing to expand domestic vaccine production.
4. Spend budgetary allocation of Rs. 35,000 crores for the vaccines.
5. Stop Central Vista construction. Use the allocated money for procuring oxygen and vaccines, instead.
6. Release all money held in the unaccounted private trust fund, PMCares to buy more vaccines, Oxygen and medical equipment required.
7. Give all jobless at least Rs. 6000 per month.
8. Free distribution of foodgrains to the needy (over one crore tonnes of foodgrains are currently rotting in central godowns).
9. Repeal farm laws to protect lakhs of our annadatas becoming victims of the pandemic so that they can continue to produce food to feed the Indian people

The letter was signed by Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, former prime minister and JDS chief Deve Gowda, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, JKPA chief Farooq Abdullah, SP president Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and CPI's D Raja and Sitaram Yechury of CPI-M

19:11 (IST)12 May 2021
Tamil Nadu to float global tenders to import Covid vaccines

Joining a growing chorus of states, the Tamil Nadu Government has announced that it has decided to float a global tender to import vaccines to be administered to those in the age group of 18-45. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai.

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The Union Health Ministry Tuesday appreciated Covid-19 containment models of Mumbai and Pune, saying that such models need to be replicated at the national level to curb the spread of the pandemic. The way in which Pune contained the upsurge of COVID-19 cases also drew praise from the Ministry, calling it as a fine example that shows how containment measures can help restrict the spread of the disease.

Delhi's positivity rate dipped to 17.76 per cent Tuesday as the national capital recorded 12,481 fresh Covid-19 cases and 347 fatalities in the last 24 hours. As many as 13,583 people have recovered from the infection in the same period. The number of positive cases has come down as the capital entered the fourth week of lockdown on Monday.

In another development, BJP President JP Nadda has expressed his anguish over Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s criticism of  Centre’s handling of covid-19 crisis in the country.

As Covid-19 continues to spread across India, the number of vaccines administered to the adult population is falling at an alarming rate. The dip in doses is particularly acute in rural areas where the curve is rising and where there are glaring gaps in medical infrastructure, data obtained by The Indian Express revealed. According to an analysis, as many as 37 surge districts across the country reported over 50 per cent drop in jabs.

India recorded 3,29,942 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday. The country’s total infections stand at over 2.29 crore. Out of these, over 37.15 lakh cases are active while 1.90 crore people have recovered after testing positive. Active cases have declined for the first time in 2 months. With 3,876 new deaths, the toll is now at over 2.49 lakh.

US eyes joint production of J&J vaccine in India, in touch with SII

The US is looking at joint production of Johnson and Johnson’s Covid vaccine in India and ways to help manufacturers like Serum Institute of India (SII) to boost production, Daniel B Smith, Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy, said Tuesday. Smith also said that the efficacy of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, manufactured at a production facility in Baltimore, is not clear and the US Food and Drug Administration has not yet certified those doses.

Nearly 100 bodies found floating in Ganga, spark panic in Bihar, UP

At least 96 unidentified bodies – many of them decomposed and bloated – have been found floating in the Ganga over the past couple of days, triggering fears among local residents in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh that bodies of Covid victims were being dumped in the river. While 71 of the bodies have been fished out in Bihar’s Buxar district, at least 25 bodies were found in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district.

Bengaluru to use lockdown to get its house in order

With Karnataka overtaking Maharashtra to report the highest number of cases as well as deaths on Tuesday, and Bengaluru reeling under 300-plus daily deaths, the state government plans to use the 14-day lockdown that began Monday to rationalise the use of hospital beds, set in place proper triaging of patients, and create ICU beds on a war footing.

Decline in cases will be slower this time: virologist Dr Jameel

India’s Covid curve may be showing early signs of flattening, but, unlike the first wave, the decline in the number of new infections is likely to be much slower this time, according to noted virologist Dr Shahid Jameel.

“It is still too early to say whether we have reached the peak. There is some indication of the cases plateauing. But we must not forget that this is a very high plateau. We seem to be plateauing around 4 lakh cases a day. We might feel relieved, if we indeed have reached the peak, but the climb down is also not going to be swift,” said Jameel, also the director of Trivedi School of Biosciences at the Ashoka University.

In Meerut, families cart their own folding cots to ward

A FOLDING cot that a family claims to have got itself, fans that don’t work, a roof that is leaking at several places, and a ward overpowered by the stench of a toilet. As Meerut district climbs to the top of Covid charts in Uttar Pradesh, with 1,368 new cases taking its total active number to 13,941, its largest government coronavirus facility, Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College, is struggling to keep up.

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