Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the status of preparedness to handle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Various aspects relating to medicines, oxygen, ventilators and vaccination were discussed.
The PM stressed in the meeting that there is no substitute to testing, tracking and treatment. Early testing and proper tracking remains key to reduce mortality. He also said that local administrations need to be proactive and sensitive to people’s concerns.
The Prime Minister directed that close coordination with States must be ensured in handling the pandemic. He said that all necessary measures must be taken to ramp up the availability of hospital beds for Covid patients. He also directed that additional supply of beds through temporary hospitals and isolation centres should be ensured.
He spoke about the need to utilize the full potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to meet the rising demand of various medicines. He reviewed the status of supply of Remdesivir and other medicines.
Besides, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tested Positive for Coronavirus disease.
Apart from this, the Uttar Pradesh Govt ordered that patients whose RT-PCR tests are negative but are suspected to be COVID-19 positive after X-Rays, CT Scans, Blood Reports or Symptoms or Doctor’s opinion — will be treated as COVID-19 patients in category of ‘Presumptive Covid’.
Meanwhile, Delhi has reported around 24,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and there is a shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.
This is the highest single-day cases in the national capital. Delhi had reported 19,486 new coronavirus cases and 141 deaths on Friday. Kejriwal said Delhi has a limited number of ICU beds and oxygen and ICU beds are decreasing very sharply.
“Delhi has a limited number of ICU beds. Oxygen and ICU beds are decreasing very sharply. We are taking several steps to scale up beds capacity,” he said in a webcast.
The price of the Remdesivir Injection has been slashed significantly after government intervention.
On the intervention of the Government, the major manufacturers/marketers of ‘Remdesivir injection’ have reported voluntary reduction in Maximum Retail Price (MRP): Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers #Remedisivir pic.twitter.com/h0m9DUrXaE
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Besides, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has tested COVID 19 positive. The actor shared the news on Instagram with a statement in both Hindi and English.
Also, Delhi and Maharashtra recorded their biggest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020. The national capital registered 19,486 new cases, taking its tally to 803,623, while Maharashtra’s count rose to 3,703,584 with 63,729 infections.
Weekend Curfew In Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed to the people to follow the weekend curfew in the national capital.
Delhi: Police pickets placed at various places in the city for checking of vehicles and movement of people during COVID19 induced weekend lockdown
Visuals from INA, Vikas Marg and Connaught Place pic.twitter.com/TGLANfFgjO
— ANI (@ANI) April 17, 2021
Amid the record surge in COVID-19 infections, the Delhi government on Thursday imposed a ‘weekend curfew’ (10 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday) on the movement of individuals in the national capital territory till April 30 or further orders.
करोना के चलते आज और कल दिल्ली में कर्फ़्यू है। कृपया इसका पालन करें। हम सबको मिलके करोना को हराना है।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 17, 2021
Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister said, “In the view of coronavirus, there is a curfew in Delhi today and tomorrow. Please follow it. We all have to defeat COVID-19 together.”
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Chhattisgarh govt orders 90,000 Remdesivir injections
The Chhattisgarh government on Friday said that it has ordered 90,000 Remdesivir injections out of which 2,000 injections will be received within two days. “We have placed an order of 90,000 Remdesivir injections, out of which 2000 injections will be received within 2 days and another 28000 within a week. Thereafter, we will receive 30000 injections per week,” state health minister TS Singh Deo tweeted.
Besides, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Friday deferred the ICSE (class 10) and ISC (class 12) exams scheduled to be held from May 4 because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. Yesterday, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.93 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Angela Merkel gets first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel got the first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 on Friday, German cabinet spokesman Steffen Seibert announced.
Canada’s COVID-19 cases surpass 1.1 million
Canada’s cumulative COVID-19 cases surpassed 1,100,000 as of Friday morning, with the total hitting 1,103,067, including 22,532 deaths, according to CTV. Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, reported 4,812 new COVID-19 cases Friday morning, breaking a record for the most daily cases. Ontario with a population of 14 million, has been under a province-wide lockdown for two weeks and stay-at-home order for one week.
10 US Senators ask Biden to back India’s proposal to get TRIPS waiver to COVID vaccines at WTO
Amid the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic, 10 US Senators have urged US President Joe Biden to support India and South Africa’s proposal to the WTO to temporarily lift certain intellectual property barriers and allow countries to locally manufacture COVID-19 diagnostics and vaccines.
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