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
A team of doctors and nurses checks oxygen level and motivates Covid patients at the 36-bed Covid facility at Madhavnagar in Sanand, Gujarat.
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.
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.
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
Medical equipment at the 500-bed Covid care center set up at Ramlila Maidan.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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