COVID-19 LIVE Updates | Oxygen Leak Claims 26 Lives In Goa Hospital; Delhi’s Positivity Rate Drops To 19%

PIcture tweeted by Goa CM @DrPramodPSawant on Tuesday.

At least 26 COVID-19 patients have died in oxygen leakage in state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Tuesday, news agency PTI reported.

Meanwhile, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who visited the Goa Medical College and Hospital today said, “There’s a delay in oxygen supply but we’ve availability, can’t hold doctors’ responsible for the delay. For mismanagement, the administration needs to be streamlined. I’ve monitored it personally, it will be streamlined by evening.”

In Delhi, over the last few days, the COVID-19 positivity rate in the national capital has declined from 36 percent to 19 percent, informed health minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday, adding that the caseload has dropped to 12,500.

Besides, the Maharashtra govt on Tuesday suspended the COVID-19 vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group due to a shortage of jabs. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope told the media that the government has decided to prioritise the second dose of the 45+ age group people with the remaining stock of vaccines.

Meanwhile, the Telangana government announced the state will go under a complete lockdown for 10 days. The lockdown will start from 10 am on Wednesday (May 12) and will continue till May 22.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy announced Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for the families of those who died last night at Ruia Hospital in Tirupati. Eleven COVID-19 patients died at SVRR government general hospital in Tirupati on Thursday evening after a breakdown in oxygen supply, resulting in a shortage. At least 13 patients who are being treated in the ICU ward currently are said to be critical.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the Centre should take steps to increase the number of vaccine-producing firms from the present two to speed up the vaccination drive across the country.

“Only two companies are producing vaccines. They produce only 6-7 crore vaccines a month. This way, it’ll take over two years to vaccinate everyone. Many waves would’ve come by then. Important to increase vaccine production on war footing & frame national plan to vaccinate all. Not just two, several companies should be deployed to produce vaccines. Centre should collect the formula to produce vaccines from these two companies and give it to all those companies that can produce vaccine safely. Centre has the power to do this in these difficult times,” Kejriwal said at a press conference in Delhi.

India’s COVID-19 Tally

India has recorded 3,29,942 fresh Covid-19 cases and 3,876 deaths in the past 24 hours. Top five states which have registered maximum cases are Karnataka with 39,305 cases, followed by Maharashtra with 37,236 cases, Tamil Nadu with 28,978 cases, Kerala with 27,487 cases and Uttar Pradesh with 21,277 cases. 46.76% of the new cases are reported from these five states, with Karnataka alone responsible for 11.91% of the new cases.

Meanwhile, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed the Indian strain of Covid-19 as a “variant of concern” as the virus wreaks havoc in the country while also spreading to over 17 countries. Also, US top medical expert Anthony Fauci has once again suggested complete lockdown in India to stop the violent spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Twitter donates USD 15mn to three NGOs to help India battle COVID-19

Amid India’s battle against COVID-19, Microblogging giant Twitter has donated USD 15 million to help address the record surge in infections due to the second wave of the deadly virus.

A total of USD 10 million given to CARE will be used to supplement government efforts by setting up temporary COVID-19 infections care center; providing oxygen, PPE kits, and other critically needed emergency supplies for frontline health workers, and addressing vaccines hesitancy. USD 2.5 will be used by Sewa International to support the procurement of life-saving equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, BiPap, and CPAP machines.

200 bed COVID isolation centre inaugurated in Hyderabad

In a joint initiative by the International Association of Human Values (IAHV) and Art of living, a 200 bed Covid isolation centre was inaugurated on Monday at the National Academy of Construction (NAC) at Hitecx in Hyderabad.

21 under-trial prisoners at Odisha’s Udala Sub-jail test positive for COVID-19

As many as 21 under-trial prisoners on Monday tested positive for COVID-19 at the Udala Sub-jail in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj. According to the Executive Officer of Udala NAC, Vidyadhar Dandapat, the prisoners who have tested positive are under isolation.

U’khand Police launches ‘Mission Hausla’ to help COVID-19 patients get oxygen, beds, plasma

The Uttarakhand Police has launched a drive called “Mission Hausla” to help people get oxygen, beds and plasma for COVID-19 patients. Besides this, the police are also helping the public in getting ration, ambulance, cremation of bodies as part of the mission, said Director General of Police Ashok Kumar.

IAF airlifts two cryogenic oxygen containers from Jakarta

As the country’s healthcare infrastructure struggles to hold up the load of the rising COVID-19 cases, the Indian Air Force’s IL-76 is bringing two cryogenic oxygen containers from Jakarta, Indonesia to Jamnagar.

No one, including WHO was able to predict 2nd COVID wave would affect India this much, says MoS Reddy

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Monday said no one, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) was able to predict that the second wave of COVID would affect the country so much. He added that the nation will also get over the second wave very soon.

24×7 oxygen war room set up in Thiruvananthapuram to cater to soaring demand

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country causing a shortage of essential medical supplies, the Kerala government has set up an oxygen war room and shortage centre to cater to the rising demand. Set up at a government college for women in Thiruvananthapuram, the centre is run by 20 volunteers and is monitored 24/7 by the district collector.

Karnataka to form a task force to tackle third COVID wave

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday asked officials to prepare for the third wave of COVID-19 and ordered to set up a task force committee to handle the forthcoming situation.  He further directed to enforce strict rules, ensuring compliance with the mandatory requirements of the public and avoiding unnecessary movement of people.

Haryana to provide Rs 5,000 to BPL families as Covid relief

Haryana Government will provide Rs 5,000 to the families below the poverty line (BPL) in the state as their livelihood has been affected during the COVID pandemic, said State Home Minister Anil Vij on Monday. Speaking to ANI, the minister said, “It has been decided to provide Rs 5,000 to the families below the poverty line as their livelihood has been affected due to COVID. They are facing a lot of difficulties.”

Over 1000 Kerala healthcare workers test COVID positive in last 10 days

More than 1000 healthcare workers have been found infected with COVID in the last 10 days in Kerala, said state Medical Officers’ body on Monday. Dr T N Suresh, general secretary of Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association said, “The number of COVID cases is increasing day by day in the state and that at an alarming rate.

COVID norms flouted as thousand attend UP Cleric’s funeral in Badaun, FIR lodged

A day after the mass gathering at the funeral of a Muslim cleric in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against unidentified people for violating COVID-19 protocols. “An FIR has been lodged against unidentified people for violating COVID-19 protocols during the funeral procession of a religious leader in Badaun. FIR was lodged under Section 188 and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Budaun Sankalp Sharma told ANI.

11 patients die due to low-pressure oxygen in Andhra hospital

As many as 11 patients, who were on ventilator support, died due to low pressure in medical oxygen supply at Ruia Government Hospital in Tirupati on Monday, Chittoor District Collector M Harinarayan.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered an inquiry into the matter. “This mishap took place due to the reduction of pressure in the oxygen supply. 11 patients who were on ventilators lost their lives,” Hospital Superintendent Dr Bharati said. Soon after getting information about the incident, the district collector and Superintendent of Police rushed to the spot.

Indian Air Force, Navy working on war footing in fight against COVID-19

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy are working tirelessly to provide logistic support to shore up medical supplies to tackle the current COVID-19 situation, as per the Ministry of Defence on Monday. As on the early hours of May 10, 2021, the IAF aircraft carried out 534 sorties from various parts of the country, airlifting 336 oxygen containers of a total capacity of 6,420 Metric Tonnes (MT) and other medical supplies and equipment.

The IAF aircraft also carried out 84 international sorties, airlifting 81 cryogenic oxygen storage containers of a total capacity of 1,407 MT along with 1,252 empty oxygen cylinders, 705 oxygen concentrators and Zeolite (respiratory oxygen raw material). The equipment has been procured from Singapore, Dubai, Thailand, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Indonesia and Israel.

England reports zero daily COVID-19 deaths for first time since July last year

England reported zero daily COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the first time in a 24-hour period since July last year. According to UK Health officials, 2,357 new cases and 4 deaths were reported on May 10 across the United Kingdom. But England, along with Scotland and Northern Ireland reported zero fatality. However, Wales reported four coronavirus-related deaths. The numbers come as UK Chief Medical Officers lowered down the alert level, which means that the virus is not “rising exponentially but is instead in “general circulation.”

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