Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Serum Institute Announces Additional Compensation Of Rs 25 Lakh Each For Families Of Those Killed In Today’s Fire

Maharashtra, Jan 21 (ANI): Fire fighting operation underway at the under-construction building at Serum Institute of India in Pune, where a fire broke out this afternoon. At least 10 fire tenders present at the spot. (ANI Photo)

A fire broke out at an under-construction facility at the Serum Institute of India in Pune leaving at least 5 dead.

SII Chairman, Cyrus Poonawalla has announced an additional compensation of Rs 25 Lakhs each for the families of those who lost their lives in today’s incident.

“Today is an extremely sorrowful day for all of us at SII. We’re deeply saddened & offer our condolences to families of the departed. We’ll be offering compensation of Rs 25 Lakhs to each family, in addition to mandated amount as per the norms,” Cyrus Poonawalla said.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray will be visiting the spot to inspect & take stock of the situation tomorrow at noon, the Chief Minister’s office said.

“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will visit the unit of Serum Institute of India in Manjri, Pune, where the fire mishap took place, to inspect & take stock of the situation tomorrow at noon,” Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office said in a tweet.

“Four people were evacuated from the building but when it came under control, five bodies were found by our jawans,” Pune Mayor, Murlidhar Mohol said.

SII CEO Adar Poonawalla also tweeted about the “unfortunate loss of lives.”

“We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation, we have learnt that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident. We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the departed,” Poonawalla said.

As many as 10 fire tenders were rushed to the Serum Institute of India (SII), where millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine are being manufactured.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi is likely to take the COVID-19 vaccine shot in the second phase of the inoculation drive, and it may happen in March or April, Hindustan Times reported.

India reported 15,223 new COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 1,06,10,883 on Thursday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The country recorded 19,965 discharges and 151 deaths in the last 24 hours.

At present, the active COVID infections in the country stand at 1,92,308 while the death toll mounted to 1,52,869.

India will be sending one million doses of coronavirus vaccine to Nepal on Thursday under VaccineMaitri, said Hridayesh Tripathi, Nepal Health Minister, on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference, Tripathi said, “India to provide one million dosages of COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal under VaccineMaitri programme. The vaccines will land in Kathmandu tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, amid reports of side effects, Bharat Biotech on Tuesday issued a set of cautionary guidelines for people with certain conditions who, it said, should consult with their vaccine provider and preferably avoid getting the Covaxin shot.

The company has shared a fact sheet, according to which those suffering from allergies, fever, or a bleeding disorder, among other conditions, should take advice from their doctor/vaccine provider, and possibly steer clear of taking the Covaxin shot.

A total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries have so far been vaccinated, said the government on Monday. It added that 580 adverse events following immunisation were also reported in the country.

States and Union Territories (UT) were advised to conduct COVID vaccination sessions four days a week to minimise disruption of routine health services.

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(With ANI Inputs)

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