COVID-19 LIVE Updates | Delhi Starts Oxygen Concentrator Bank, Bengal Lockdown Till May 30; PM Chairs Review Meet

To ensure that there is no shortage of medical oxygen in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday that the Delhi Government will start the functioning of oxygen concentrator banks across the city in order to provide adequate oxygen to COVID-19 patients on time.

Addressing a televised press conference Kejriwal informed that banks have been set up in each district with 200 concentrators each. Oxygen concentrators will be delivered to the homes of patients who are home isolating in less than two hours time.

He also informed that the national capital reported a significant drop in COVID-19 cases with just 6,500 new cases in the last 24 hours.

“In the last 24 hours, 6,500 cases have been reported in Delhi, the positivity rate has further gone down to 11 per cent. Corona’s impact is going down in Delhi. 1,000 ICU beds have been set up within 15 days, our doctors and engineers have set an example. I thank them,” he said.

Meanwhile, amid a spike in the number of coronavirus infections, the West Bengal government on Saturday extended the lockdown in the state till May 30. This came after it registered its highest single-day spike of 20,846 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday.

As per the government order, all private offices, schools, colleges will remain closed. Bazaars, markets selling vegetables, fruits, milk, bread to only remain open from 7-10am. Local trains, metro services, inter state bus/train services, Inland Waterways to remain closed. Intra-state goods trucks movement restricted except for essential supplies. Private cars, taxis, auto movement to remain closed. All outdoor activities have also been prohibited between 9 pm-5 am. No movement of people and vehicles will be allowed.

The Chhattisgarh government has also decided to extend the COVID-19 induced lockdown in the Raipur district till 31 May.

India meanwhile reported 3,26,098 new Covid-19 cases, 3,53,299 discharges and 3,890 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry.

Coronavirus Summary In India: 
  • Total cases: 2,43,72,907
  • Total discharges: 2,04,32,898
  • Death toll: 2,66,207
  • Active cases: 36,73,802
  • Total vaccination: 18,04,57,579

PM Chairs Review Meeting

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on India’s coronavirus crisis and an ongoing vaccination drive. The meeting is being attended by senior functionaries.

PM instructed that testing needs to be scaled up further with use of both RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests, especially in areas with high TPR.

“PM Modi further said that states should be encouraged to report their numbers in a transparent manner without any pressure of high numbers showing adversely on their efforts. PM also asked for augmentation of healthcare resources in rural areas to focus on door to door testing and surveillance,” read a release by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

“Discussed a number of issues during today’s review meeting on COVID-19, including scaling up testing in areas with high TPR, preparing localised containment strategies, augmenting health capacities in rural areas and ramping up the speed of vaccination,” PM Modi tweeted after the meeting.

Haryana Declares Black Fungus As Notified Disease

Black fungus has now been declared a notified disease in Haryana. Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij informed that Post Graduate Institute Rohtak Senior Doctors will conduct a video conference with all doctors of the state regarding dealing with coronavirus and its treatment.

“Black Fungus declared Notified Disease in Haryana. Now Doctors will report to CMOs of the District of any Black Fungus case detected. Post Graduate Institute Rohtak Senior Doctors will conduct a video conference with all Doctors of the State dealing Corona about its treatment,” Anil Vij said in a tweet.

It has been reported that this disease (Black Fungus) is caused by the steroid administered in the treatment of COVID-19 infection.

Karnataka receives second Oxygen Express with 120 MT oxygen

Karnataka received its second Oxygen Express carrying 120 MT liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from Kalinganagar on Saturday.

Expressing his gratitude, State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar tweeted, “The second #OxygenExpress to Karnataka carrying 120 MT LMO from Kalinganagar reached Bengaluru this morning. The Union Govt has strengthened the state governments by continuously dedicating all national resources for collectively fighting the pandemic.” Karnataka received its first Oxygen Express carrying 120 metric tonnes (MT) of liquid medical oxygen on Tuesday (May 11).

So far, the Indian Railways have delivered more than 7,900 MT of LMO to various states across the country.

Mask, Physical Distancing Need to Continue After Both Doses: AIIMS Director 

As uncertainty about vaccine efficacy amid mutating virus is looming large, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Director, Dr Randeep Guleria said that wearing of a mask and physical distancing need to continue even by those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This comes a day after the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US said fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask and can resume activities like prior to the pandemic.

Plea in SC seeking directions to utilise PM Cares Funds to procure vaccine, oxygen plants

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to utilise PM Cares Fund to procure COVID-19 vaccine, install oxygen plants and other essential equipment in district hospitals across the country amid the second wave of the pandemic.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s Brother Passes Away Due To COVID-19

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s younger brother Ashim Banerjee died due to COVID-19 on Saturday.

As per the reports, Ashim Banerjee was undergoing treatment at Medica Hospital in Kolkata.

Odisha forms panel to monitor black fungus infection

Concerned over rising cases of Mucormycosis or Black Fungus amongst COVID 19 patients, the Odisha government on Friday constituted a seven-member state-level committee to monitor such cases in the state. The seven-member committee will monitor the incidence of Mucormycosis in patients admitted to different hospitals in the State and formulate a guideline for early detection and management of such cases.

Odisha Government floats global e-Tender for supply of COVID-19 vaccine

Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) has invited online global bids from manufacturers through e-Tender portal for supply of 3.80 crore COVID-19 vaccines. In a bid to increase the vaccination drive against COVID-19, the Odisha Government has floated a global e-Tender for the supply of COVID-19 vaccine to the State. Bidders are required to supply the vaccine in four phases and State shall issue separate purchase order for each of them.

DRDO’s 2DG medicine for treating COVID-19 patients to be launched next week

he first batch of 10,000 doses of 2DG medicine for treating COVID-19 patients would be launched early next week, informed Defence Research and Development Organisation officials on Friday. The official informed, “The first batch of 10,000 doses of 2DG medicine for the treatment of COVID-19 infected patients would be launched early next week and will be given to patients.” “The drug manufacturers are working on ramping up the production of the medicine for future use. The drug has been developed by a team of DRDO scientists including Dr Anant Narayan Bhatt”, informed DRDO officials.

Delhi cabinet approves Rs 5,000 assistance to auto, taxi drivers

The Delhi Cabinet on Friday approved Rs 5,000 financial assistance to drivers and permit holders of autorickshaws, e-rickshaws, taxis, Phat Phat Sewa, eco-friendly Sewa, Gramin Sewa and maxi cabs in view of the financial hardships they might be facing due to the COVID pandemic.

Covaxin manufacturing plant to be set up in Maluru: Karnataka Deputy CM

Karnataka will soon have a manufacturing plant of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in Maluru industrial area, near Kolara district, said Deputy Chief Minister and State COVID task force head Dr C N Ashwatha Narayana on Friday.

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