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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A total of 12 people also succumbed to the infection today, which is the district’s second highest one-day fatality.
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.
Priyanka has claimed that 700 teachers, including one who was pregnant and forced to attend poll duty, have died in the state.
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.
"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 government has capped Vadodara's guaranteed oxygen consumption at 155-160 Metric Tonnes per day.
Further, private establishments have been directed to reduce/avoid elective and planned admissions till further orders from the government.
This was the first meeting of the council of ministers in the aftermath of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
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.
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.
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".
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.