Coronavirus India Highlights: The Congress on Saturday accused the Centre of abject failure in protecting the lives of people and urged it to follow the suggestions of experts by declaring a national lockdown in the wake of rising cases of the novel coronavirus infection. In a tweet, Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “not utilising the vaccination budget” and imposing GST on Covid-19 vaccines.
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved an anti-Covid oral drug developed by DRDO in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories for emergency use, the Union Defence Ministry Saturday said. Clinical trial showed that the drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients, reduces supplemental oxygen dependence.
The Supreme Court on Saturday constituted a National Task Force (NTF) to assess and recommend the need and distribution of oxygen to the states and Union Territories.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur, MP CM Shivraj Chouhan and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on the coronavirus situation in their states. Modi has been interacting with chief ministers over telephone for the last couple of days to take stock of the pandemic situation in their states.
India recorded over 4 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday, taking the country’s total caseload to over 2.18 crore. Out of these, over 37 lakh cases are currently active while over 1.79 crore people have recovered. With 4,187 new deaths, the toll now stands at over 2.38 lakh. At least 14 states are reporting cases in five figures. Maharashtra reported about 54,000 cases, Karnataka had nearly 49,000, while Kerala had over 38,000.