Covid News Updates: Partial coronavirus curfew in Uttar Pradesh extended till 7 am of May 24

Centre to increase Telangana’s oxygen supply

The Centre has nodded to increase State’s Oxygen requirement to an additional 200 tonnes. Supply of Remdesivir injections to be increased to 10,500 from Monday onwards. It has also responded positively on the demand to increase vaccine supply: Chief Minister’s Office, Telangana

COVID cases: Assam Govt issues new directives

Adhere to approved categories of frontline workers for vaccination: Centre to states

  • The Centre has asked states and union territories to refrain from approving additional categories as frontline workers for vaccination, and recommended doing so using only vaccines procured directly by them.
  • The missive from Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan came after states like Odisha included railway staff, forest guards, oxygen plant employees and other categories as front line workers (FLW).

Plasma therapy most likely to be dropped from clinical management guidelines on COVID19

Final decision to be taken: s

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B.1.617 variant responsible for COVID surge in J&K: GMC Shashi Sudhan Sharma

With regard to administering vaccine for 18-44 years age group, a new app needs to be developed & this will be interfaced with Cowin App & later the vaccination schedule will be prepared taking into account the availability of vaccines

– Karnataka Deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan

Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India stands at 18,21,99,668 as per 8 pm provisional report today. 5,58,477 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine today & cumulatively 48,21,550 across 32 States/UTs: Health Ministry

UP: Covid relief package

  • Uttar Pradesh Cabinet decides to provide 3 kgs of wheat & 2 kgs of rice to Below Poverty Line cardholders for three months
  • Uttar Pradesh Cabinet decides to provide Rs 1000 to daily wagers, rickshaw pullers, boatmen, roadside stall owners, saloon owners, washermen etc in urban areas.

Punjab records 6867 new COVID19 cases, 8125 discharges and 217 deaths in the last 24 hours

Active cases 77,789

Delhi govt has written to Dr Reddy’s for 67 lakh doses of Sputnik V vaccine: Kejriwal

In order to bridge the gap between the rising demand & supply of medical oxygen, Punjab Government would demand additional oxygen tankers from the Centre to speed up the supply chain of the life-saving gas in the state from far and near: State government

Partial coronavirus curfew in UP extended till 7 am of May 24: Govt statement

Gujarat reports 9061 new COVID19 cases, 15,076 discharges and 95 deaths

  • Total cases: 7,44,409
  • Total discharges: 6,24,107
  • Active cases: 1,11,263
  • Death toll: 9,039

Maharashtra reports 34,848 new COVID19 cases, 59,073 discharges and 960 deaths in the last 24 hours

  • Total cases 53,44,063
  • Death toll 80,512
  • Total discharges 47,67,053
  • Active cases 4,94,032

Chandigarh has been allotted 20 additional ventilators: Administration

Telangana reports 4298 new COVID19 cases, 6026 recoveries and 32 fatalities today, up till 5:30 pm

  • Total cases 5,25,007
  • Death toll 2,928
  • Total recovered cases 4,69,007

Uttarakhand registers 5654 new COVID19 cases, 4806 recoveries and 197 deaths

Active cases 80,000

Kerala: Triple lockdown in 4 districts from tomorrow

Strict restrictions will be implemented in the four districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram where triple lockdown will be in force from midnight tomorrow: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Bihar reports 7336 new COVID19 cases and 14,340 recoveries in the last 24 hours

  • Active cases 82,486
  • Total cases 6,45,015
  • Death toll 3,743
  • Total recovered cases 5,58,785

Tamil Nadu records 33,658 new COVID19 cases, 303 fatalities and 20,905 discharges today

  • Active cases 2,07,789
  • Total cases 15,65,035
  • Death toll 17,359
  • Total discharges 13,39,887

7,571 new COVID19 cases, 72 deaths and 11,973 recoveries reported in Madhya Pradesh today

Active cases –99,970

Goa reports 1957 new COVID19 cases, 58 deaths and 3512 recoveries

  • Active cases: 30,774
  • Total cases: 1,34,542

Andhra Pradesh registers 22,517 new COVID19 cases, 98 deaths, 18,739 recoveries

  • Total cases: 14,11,320
  • Death toll: 9,271
  • Total recovered cases: 11,94,582
  • Active cases: 2,07,467

Govt will pay for the treatment of Covid patients in 21 pvt hospitals: Goa CM

  • We repeatedly asked private COVID hospitals in Goa — around 21 — to reserve 50% beds for COVID patients but they didn’t comply. Hence, Govt will take control of admissions at these hospitals from Monday. Govt will pay for the treatment at these hospitals: CM Pramod Sawant
  • These hospitals will be run by the hospital staff. We’re only taking control of admissions. A government officer will be stationed at each of these private hospitals, who will ensure that 50% of the beds are reserved for COVID-19 patients.

281 more die of COVID-19 in UP; state reports 12,547 fresh cases

Mumbai reports 1,147 new COVID-19 cases, 2,333 recoveries, and 62 deaths

  • Active cases: 36,674
  • Total recoveries: 6,34,315
  • Death toll: 14,200

Karnataka reports 41,664 new COVID-19 cases, 34,425 discharges, and 349 deaths

  • Active cases: 6,05,494
  • Total recoveries: 15,44,982
  • Death toll: 21,434

In Covid pandemic circumstances, no one shall be denied a service/benefit just because she or he doesn’t have an Aadhaar: Unique Identification Authority of India

Relaxations provided under Gas Cylinders Rules, 2016, so as to fast track approvals for imported cylinders and pressure vessels for storage and transportation of medical oxygen: Govt of India

Kerala logs 32,680 fresh COVID-19 cases, 96 deaths

  • Total cases : 20,88,208
  • Active cases : 4,45,334
  • Death toll: 6,339

Goondas Act will be invoked against those who hoard Remdesivir injections and oxygen cylinders, and sell them at an exorbitant price

– Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin

MP: Special wards for treatment of black fungus

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has given directions for setting up of special wards at 5 medical colleges in Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Indore and Rewa for the treatment of black fungus (mucormycosis).

There is no shortage of medical oxygen in Karnataka: Deputy CM

We are taking all measures including by deploying oxygen concentrators & oxygen generators and are trying to mobilize oxygen from different parts of the country: Deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan

Bengaluru: Increasing death toll

There is an increase in the death toll. Late admission to hospitals is the main cause. 20%-25% of cases are admitted within 24 hours. 90% of patients are in home isolation. We’ve formed a team & to check conditions of patients in home isolation: BBMP Special Commissioner Health

India needs proper vaccine strategy, govt’s ‘disastrous policy’ will ensure 3rd wave: Rahul Gandhi

I’m not competent to second guess the scientists & medical experts but my humble appeal to them is please don’t play the game of the govt. The govt is laying a trap in which scientists & medical experts will fall & the govt will pass the blame on them

– P Chidambaram

When govt has increased gap between the 1st and 2nd dose of the Covishield vaccine to 12-16 weeks, the UK is announcing that they’re going back to the gap of 8 weeks, at least for people over the age of 50

– Congress leader P Chidambaram

Odisha Govt forms a high-level advisory committee led by K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India to suggest measures to the state govt to tackle the possible third wave of COVID-19 pandemic

This COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge before humanity and India has to set an example. We have to work as a team, without discussing merits and demerits. We can do it later. We can overcome this challenge by working as a team and speeding up our work

– RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

Puducherry reports 1598 new COVID19 cases, 1774 discharges and 20 deaths

Active cases: 17,228

COVID-19: Curfew extended in Himachal Pradesh till May 26

Karnataka govt ignores expert panel, takes political decisions on COVID-19 issues: Advisory panel member

The state government ignores the expert committee and takes political decisions on issues such as the COVID vaccine shortage and erratic oxygen supply, alleged Dr HM Prasanna, Karnataka Technical Advisory Committee member on COVID-19 and the president of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association on Saturday.

Single-dose vaccination coverage among healthcare workers is 89% at the national level. It’s 95% in Rajasthan, 96% in Madhya Pradesh & 99% in Chhattisgarh. In Delhi, it stands at 78%, which is 11% below the national average. It should be taken to above 95%

– Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog

Around 1.5 crore doses of Covaxin are being produced per month. The plan is to ramp up the production to 10 crore doses per month

– Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

Mucormycosis can affect the face, infecting nose, orbit of eye, or brain, which can cause even vision loss, it can also spread to the lung: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria

Misuse of steroids is a major cause behind this infection. Chances of fungal infection increase in the patients who are diabetic, COVID positive & are taking steroids. To prevent it, we should stop the misuse of steroids, he said

Overall situation (second wave of COVID-19) is stabilising, we will work towards ensuring further stabilisation: Govt

Ladakh starts COVID-19 vaccination drive for 18-44 age group

Black fungus declared notified disease in Haryana: Anil Vij

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally crosses six-lakh mark, death toll at 2,294

At AIIMS, 23 patients are being treated for this fungal infection. Out of them, 20 are still COVID-19 positive & the rest are negative for COVID. Many states have reported more than 500 cases of Mucormycosis

– AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria

Mucormycosis spores are found in soil, air & even in food. But they’re of low virulence & usually don’t causes infection. There were very few cases of this infection before COVID. Now a large number of cases are being reported due to COVID

– AIIMS Director

40 pc of Punjab’s Covid deaths occurred in last 44 days

  • Punjab had reported a total of 6,868 deaths due to the infection as on March 31.
  • The death toll rose to 11,477 as on May 14

As COVID-19 cases are increasing, it’s of paramount importance that we follow protocols of infection control practices at hospitals. It is been seen that secondary infections — fungal & bacterial — are causing more mortality

– AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria

24 states have more than 15 per cent COVID positivity rate: Govt

11 states have over 1 lakh active cases

The cause of concern is Tamil Nadu where a rise in number of active cases has been reported in last one week

– Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry

Our containment efforts are working. Overall positivity rate in India, which stood at 21.9% last week has now fallen to 19.8%. Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have reported a major drop in case positivity

– Lav Aggarwal, Union Health Ministry

Goa: 350 COVID-19 patients shifted to GMCH’s super-speciality block

NTPC adds more than 500 oxygen supported beds, 1,100 isolation beds at its plants in different states

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