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Jharkhand: Woman dies after ‘oxygen leak’ at hospital; admin says probe on

May 8, 2021 12:02:33 am

If the allegations are proven right, Shobha’s death is the first in the state to have occurred in a hospital due to interruption of oxygen flow.

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Disband phase-III vaccine policy, direct 100% procurement of doses by Centre: Bengal govt to SC

May 7, 2021 10:32:55 pm

The state government also sought setting aside of the differential pricing mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines and capping the price for COVID-19 vaccines at a uniform price of Rs 150 per dose.

Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison

PM Modi speaks with Scott Morrison; initiatives for equitable access to vaccines, medicines discussed

May 7, 2021 7:15:23 pm

During his telephonic conversation with Morrison, the prime minister conveyed his appreciation for the prompt and generous support extended by the government and the people of Australia for India's fight against the second wave of COVID-19.

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US backs IP rights waiver for Covid vaccines, EU says ready to discuss

May 7, 2021 4:05:37 am

A waiver on IP protections would mean pharmaceutical firms and vaccine makers across the world can learn how to make these vaccines without fear of lawsuits from companies that originally developed them.

Covid-19

People gave their mandate to us twice, concerned about their suffering: Modi govt to SC

May 6, 2021 9:52:09 pm

The Centre also rebutted the Delhi government’s accusation that oxygen allocation is being done arbitrarily and favoured creation of an effective mechanism to deal with allocation and distribution of oxygen to the states.

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PM reviews COVID-19 situation, stresses states shouldn’t let vaccination pace go down

May 6, 2021 6:19:25 pm

The prime minister was given a detailed picture on the COVID-19 outbreak in various states and districts, and was informed about the 12 states which have more than 1 lakh active cases, the PMO said.

Karnataka, Covid-19

Centre moves SC against HC order to raise oxygen supply for Karnataka

May 7, 2021 6:46:02 am

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta mentioned the plea before a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud. The court said it will have to go through the case records first.

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Third Covid wave inevitable, didn’t foresee current ferocity: Scientific Advisor to PM

May 6, 2021 7:09:23 am

Addressing a briefing of the Union Health Ministry, VijayRaghavan said, “Phase 3 is inevitable given the high levels of circulating virus. But it is not clear on what timescale this Phase 3 will occur. Hopefully, incrementally, but we should prepare for new waves."

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We get a sense the world is with us in Covid-19 travail: Jaishankar

May 5, 2021 7:17:05 pm

"This second wave is a test of fire we have to come through, but the economic foundations are strong. We will carry the reforms process forward," he said.

Kerala, Covid-19

Kerala CM writes to PM, seeks 1000 tonnes of oxygen, 50 lakh Covishield doses amid Covid surge

May 5, 2021 5:38:45 pm

Kerala logged 37,190 fresh cases on Tuesday, while 26,148 people were cured, pushing the total caseload to over 17 lakh and recoveries to 13.39 lakh, according to official figures.

Covid-19

Nagpur-origin Indians settled abroad send help to fight Covid

May 5, 2021 2:00:33 am

Sanjay Paithankar, a doctor and philanthropist who settled in Dubai several decades ago, has organised oxygen concentrators and cylinders worth 2.5 lakh dollars to be shipped to Nagpur over the next 15 days.

Canadian researchers release first image of B.1.1.7 variant of Covid-19, exude faith in existing vaccines

May 4, 2021 6:33:22 pm

The highly infectious B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus, first detected in the UK in December 2020, is responsible for the growing number of infections in many countries, including India and Canada.

Covid-19

13 oppn parties issue joint statement on Covid situation

May 3, 2021 5:49:13 am

In a joint statement, senior leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury also asked the central government to pay attention to ensuring uninterrupted flow of Oxygen supplies to all hospitals and health centres across the country.

Covid-19, Gurgaon

Over 4,000 new Covid cases in Gurgaon for 3rd day in a row; CM Khattar to monitor situation

May 1, 2021 7:33:25 pm

A total of 12 people also succumbed to the infection today, which is the district’s second highest one-day fatality.

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‘Everything falls on my shoulders’: SII CEO Adar Poonawalla on vaccine pressure in India

May 1, 2021 10:24:26 pm

On the charge of profiteering as the cost of Covishield was recently hiked, he termed it as “totally incorrect" and added that Covishield will still be “the most affordable vaccine on the planet" even at a higher price.

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Priyanka Gandhi slams UP govt, SEC for conducting panchayat polls amid pandemic

May 1, 2021 6:43:17 pm

Priyanka has claimed that 700 teachers, including one who was pregnant and forced to attend poll duty, have died in the state.

Assam, Covid-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination drive for 18+ fails to take off in Assam

May 1, 2021 6:38:49 pm

The process for the third phase of vaccination, as part of the nationwide drive to inoculate younger people, "will commence from the moment the corresponding number of vaccines are received from the Government of India", National Health Mission director S Laxmanan said.

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US to restrict travel from India starting May 4 over surging Covid cases

May 1, 2021 1:51:53 am

"The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Gujarat, Vadodara

Vadodara administration in talks with firms to set up oxygen plants amid shortage

April 30, 2021 11:57:25 pm

Gujarat government has capped Vadodara's guaranteed oxygen consumption at 155-160 Metric Tonnes per day.

Tamil Nadu, Covid-19

TN Covid Wrap: Private clinics to allocate 50% of total bed capacity; state records over 18k cases

April 30, 2021 10:45:43 pm

Further, private establishments have been directed to reduce/avoid elective and planned admissions till further orders from the government.

Council of Ministers meet

Stay in touch with people, help them, get feedback: PM Modi to Union ministers at Covid meet

April 30, 2021 8:19:06 pm

This was the first meeting of the council of ministers in the aftermath of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

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Is it time to consider lockdown like last year, Bombay HC asks Maharashtra govt

April 29, 2021 9:38:42 pm

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni asked Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni if the state believed its current restrictions on the movement of citizens were working.

Covaxin, Covid-19

After Serum, Bharat Biotech cuts Covaxin rate for states to Rs 400 a dose

April 29, 2021 9:18:02 pm

The decision to slash rates comes days after the Central government asked the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to lower the price of their Covid-19 vaccines amid criticism from several states who have accused the companies of profiteering from the crisis.

Bombay HC

Is Aadhaar mandatory for prisoners to get COVID-19 vaccine, asks Bombay HC

April 29, 2021 5:50:53 pm

Prison inmates should not be denied the vaccine because they did not have an Aadhaar card, the HC said and observed that making the document mandatory for prisoners for the vaccine was an "important policy issue that would have pan-India ramifications".

Covid deaths

At 1.11%, India’s Covid fatality rate lowest in the world, says Harsh Vardhan as toll crosses 2 lakh

April 29, 2021 10:36:16 pm

The health minister's statement comes as a record single-day rise of 3,79,257 COVID-19 infections and 3,645 fatalities on Thursday pushed India's tally of cases to 1,83,76,524 and death toll to 2,04,832.

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