India leads the world in the average number of reported infections and deaths recorded daily. It currently represents one in two cases in the world every day. The country’s average daily death toll is 1.3 times that of Brazil, which has recorded the second highest number of new deaths – nearly 2,300.
The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in India has dropped significantly over the past 15 days. On April 15, about 32.69 lakh doses were administered daily across the country on average. However, as of April 30, only around 23.72 lakh doses were being administered daily in the country.
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Here are the latest updates:
Lockdown worsens commuting problems for employees engaged in essential services
Employees attached to hospitals, government offices, pharmacies and other essential services find the daily commute increasingly difficult, with many criticizing the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) for only operating limited buses.
People who used to depend on Namma Metro have to shell out more money to book a car or taxi for their trip.
Family members and friends, who are willing to drop people off for work, say without proof of identity they are often arrested by police. “You have to show a train ticket or ID card, which is good when the person you’re dropping off is in the car. But if the police stop you when you come home alone, you have no evidence as to why you are away during the lockdown, ”said a taxi driver.
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A second wave of the virus and another exodus
Amid the continued surge in COVID-19 cases, migrant workers in the city, who had returned to the capital a few months ago, are being forced to return to their villages, again due to the lockdown induced by the pandemic.
For the most part, the second phase of restrictions resulted in a loss of livelihood for the second time in a year. When the Delhi government announced a weeklong lockdown, many had hoped it would not be extended. But it didn’t have to be.
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NMMC issues notices to three hospitals asking parents of patients to organize Remdesivir
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued show cause notices to three private hospitals for allegedly asking parents of COVID-19 patients to arrange for the injection of Remdesivir. The civic body had already informed all hospitals treating new coronavirus patients that the responsibility for arranging the antiviral injection lay with the hospital, not the patient.
NMMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said instructions had been given to hospitals that remdisivir should be used in accordance with guidelines established by the Maharashtra State Task Force and the Indian Council for Medical Research.
End oxygen deficit by May 3, set up buffer stock: Supreme Court tells Center
The Supreme Court, in an order issued late Sunday, ordered the Center to ensure that the oxygen deficit to treat COVID-19 patients in the nation’s capital is corrected no later than midnight on May 3.
A special bench led by Judge DY Chandrachud ordered the Center to act “in collaboration” with states to “prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes and decentralize the location of emergency stocks”.
“Emergency stocks are to be created within the next four days and must be replenished on a day-to-day basis, in addition to the current allocation of the oxygen supply to the states,” the Supreme Court ordered in an order of 64 pages. dated April 30, but posted May 2.
CII president calls for strict lockdown
Indian industry has urged the government to deploy the armed forces and central security forces to manage the logistics, infrastructure and personnel needed to deal with the growing wave of COVID-19 cases in the country, warning that the requirement for hospital beds, oxygen and medication will continue to escalate at the current rate of the pandemic.
“At this critical moment when the number of lives increases, the Confederation of Indian Industry [CII] urges the strongest national measures, including reduction of economic activity, to reduce suffering, ”CII Chairman Uday Kotak said in opening remarks from an industry lobby group in favor of a strict lockdown.
Calling for response measures at the highest level to the current crisis, Mr Kotak said: “Given the current pandemic situation, saving lives is of the highest priority and a maximum response measure at scale. national level at the highest level is required to cut transmission links. Health care infrastructure and supply accumulation is urgently undertaken by central and state governments, but it will take time. “
Several foreign embassies in Delhi face COVID-19 onslaught
A significant number of foreign diplomats in the nation’s capital have been affected by the deadly second wave of COVID-19. The situation came to light on Saturday evening with the Philippine Embassy reaching out to volunteers from the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) in search of oxygen cylinders.
The health crisis in the diplomatic enclave has spread to several foreign missions, including the New Zealand High Commission, which publicly requested AIC’s help on Sunday morning. triggering an online exchange between Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar and Congressman Rajya Sabha, Jairam Ramesh.
“Could you please help with the oxygen cylinder urgently at the New Zealand high commission,” the high commission asked BV Srinivas, AIC national president on Sunday morning. The Hindu learned that the mission has several cases of COVID-19, two of which are serious and require immediate oxygen supply.
Tanzania’s defense adviser succumbs to COVID-19 in Delhi
Tanzania Defense Advisor Colonel Dr. Moses Beatus Mlula died of Covid19 at the Delhi Base Hospital on April 28, the Tanzania High Commission said.
He is the first foreign diplomat to fall victim to COVID-19 in India.
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Automotive units suspend work at Gurugram, but hope to float
The large migrant workforce employed in hundreds of automotive units across the Gurugram-Dharuhera-Bhiwadi industrial belt faces a dilemma whether to return home or stay behind after. the three original equipment manufacturers – Maruti Suzuki, Hero Motocorp and Honda Motorcycles & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd (HMSI) – announced a temporary 10-15 day shutdown amid an increase in COVID-19 cases and multiple lockdowns in cities. However, the dominant feeling seems to be “wait and see”.
Former Maruti Udyog Kamgaar union general secretary and worker leader Kuldeep Jhangu said the Maruti Suzuki company had advanced its annual maintenance activities during the shutdown and all employees would be paid during this period.
Many auto companies have advised their workers not to leave the station during the shutdown.
AP receives 82,000 vials of Remdesivir
Andhra Pradesh received 82,000 vials of Remdesivir injections during the second phase. In the first phase, 60,000 vials were allocated to the state, officials from the Drug Control Administration (DCA) said.
“The stock of Remdesivir has been allocated for the period between May 1 and May 9. So far, the Center has allocated 1.42 lakh of Remdesivir vials to the state during the second wave of the pandemic, ”said S. Ravi, director general of DCA. Shankar Narayan.
With the incidents of misuse and black marketing of Remdesivir injections, the state government is providing stocks to COVID notified hospitals and monitoring the stock of Remdesivir and oxygen in various hospitals.
Malaysia reports first case of Indian variant of COVID-19
Malaysia has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday, days after banning flights from India.
The variant, named B.1.617, was detected in an Indian national tested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, he said.
The World Health Organization described him as a “variant of interest”, suggesting that he might have mutations that would make the virus more transmissible, cause more serious illness, or escape vaccine immunity.
“We advise the public to remain calm … All public health efforts will continue to break the chain of infection and ensure public safety,” Adham said.