The Municipal Commissioner has ordered the setting up of a coordinating committee of civic officials for monitoring the bed space in these hospitals.
Public celebration and gatherings for upcoming festivals, including Holi, have been prohibited in Delhi and Mumbai amid a renewed surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. The Uttar Pradesh government, on the other hand, has issued a set of guidelines asking senior citizens and vulnerable groups to stay away from celebrations and said no processions or gatherings will be allowed without prior administrative permission.
MHA has issued a set of guidelines for the effective control of Covid-19. The guidelines, which will be effective from April 1, has asked states and Union Territories to enforce the ‘test-track-treat’ protocol and laid down containment measures. It has also said governments should take all necessary measures to promote Covid- appropriate behaviour in workplaces and in public, especially in crowded places. The suspension of international flights has been extended till April 30. However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.
The government has decided that everybody above 45 years of age will be eligible for vaccination from April 1. Announcing this, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said, “We request that all eligible should immediately register and get vaccinated.”
Till date, only people above 60 years of age and those in the age group of 45-60 who have co-morbidities were eligible for vaccination. According to the Centre’s estimate, around 27 crore people belong in these categories. Anybody suffering from serious cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, AIDS and persons with disabilities had been included in the list of people suffering from comorbidities.
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Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said the state government has now allowed more hospitals to carry out vaccination drives to curb the spread of the virus. (Express File Photo by Pawan Khengre)
Eighty-one per cent of the latest 401 samples sent by Punjab for genome sequencing turned out positive for the new UK Covid variant, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday. Singh appealed to the people to get themselves vaccinated, even as he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to widen the vaccination ambit to cover those below 60, since the UK variant mutant has been found to be infecting young people more.
A top World Health Organization expert on the coronavirus pandemic Monday said the weekly global count of deaths from COVID-19 is rising again, a “worrying sign” after about six weeks of declines.
Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on COVID-19 at the UN health agency, said the growth followed a fifth straight week of confirmed cases increasing worldwide. She said the number of reported cases went up up in four of the WHO’s six regions, though there were significant variations within each region.
Meanwhile, the Centre on Monday increased the interval between two doses of Covishield to 6-8 weeks following recommendations by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19. Informing about the updated norm, the Centre wrote to states and Union Territories that it has been found that protection is enhanced if the second dose of Covishield is administered between 6-8 weeks.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said the state government has now allowed more hospitals to carry out vaccination drives to curb the spread of the virus. "Earlier, we had a rule that only hospitals with 100-plus beds can be given permission for vaccination, but now vaccination can happen at hospitals even with 20-plus beds." The Health Minister further informed that 85% of the 2.10 lakh cases recorded so far in the state were asymptomatic. He informed that the Chief Minister will also convene a meeting with all officials as he is worried about the rising cases in the state.
Earlier on Monday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat tested positive for Covid-19. "I have isolated myself under the supervision of the doctors. Those of you who have come in close contact with me in the last few days, please be cautious and get yourself checked", Rawat tweeted. He was scheduled to reach New Delhi today for a four-day visit to meet Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah and other cabinet ministers.
An alert was sounded in Delhi, where coronavirus cases have been rising since last week. Health experts say that the recent surge is in accordance with the sudden spike seen in Maharashtra, Kerala, and Punjab and fear that the next wave is around. For the second day in a row, Delhi saw 800 new cases on Sunday.
The Centre has asked Serum Institute of India (SII) to manufacture another 100 million doses of the Covishield vaccine for it as it plans to ramp up vaccination across the country.
Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar Sunday said the second wave of coronavirus had begun, seeking people’s cooperation to contain the spread of the virus. “We are at the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus. Let us all join hands to control it because the next three months are crucial for us,” Sudhakar said.
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