Covid vaccination can be held at workplaces that have around 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries, the Centre decided today; The High Court on Wednesday upheld the Delhi government’s decision making it mandatory for those travelling alone in cars to wear face masks; Union Health Minister Harsh...
After a comparative lull for a few months, the Covid virus seems to have returned with much more virulence. India is detecting more than double the number of daily cases than seen during the peak last year. Meanwhile, mass gatherings like political rallies and the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar have added to worries. The government however, is still keeping vaccination limited to those aged 45 years and above. As pressure on the healthcare system increases, many state governments have claimed shortage of oxygen, vaccines, and key drugs. In this backdrop, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan joins Kumkum Chadha to analyse the situation so far, and shed light on the government's strategy going forward.
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan comments on comparisons being drawn between the Nizamuddin Markaz gathering in Delhi last year, and the Haridwar Kumbh Mela this year. He also counters allegations that deaths due to Covid-19 are being misreported in the country. Watch the full interview on April 18 at 11 am.
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The COVID-19 situation in Delhi has become "very serious and worrisome", and oxygen, remdesivir and tocilizumab for patients are in short supply, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday. The number of COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly with 24,000 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours. A day before, around 19,400 COVID-19 cases were reported, he said in a media briefing. The chief minister said he spoke to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and requested him for supplies of oxygen, remdesivir and tocilizumab for COVID patients in Delhi. Watch the full video for more details.
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The Crime Branch in Indore has arrested an owner of a pharmaceutical unit for allegedly selling fake doses of anti-viral drug remdesivir, considered life-saving for critical patients of COVID-19. Police recovered around 400 vials labelled as remdesivir. Guruprasad Parashar, Additional Superintendent of Police in Indore Crime Branch, informed that prime facie it has been found that the accused got the vials made from a pharma unit in Himachal Pradesh. The development comes as the country is facing a shortage of the anti-viral drug, and several reports of black marketing have been seen in various states. India has recently banned the export of remdesivir to accommodate the rising domestic demand in view of surge in infections.
Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Himachal board examination for 10th and 12th classes started on April 14. Schools have been given strict instructions to follow COVID norms to ensure safety of the children. Over 2.5 Lakh students are appearing in both standards of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education. Principal of Girls School Narendra Kumar Sood said, "Today examination of 10th and 12th board had begun. Hindi paper for 10th in morning session and English for 12th in evening session. Guards have also been ordered for thermal scanning and sanitization of the children before entrance. Social distancing would be maintained. We have followed all COVID norms so that it won't affect the children and examination."
Motor rally organised under "Chalo Chamba" campaign concluded in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba on April 11. "Rally of Chamba" attracted enthusiasts from across the country. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju attended the closing ceremony of the rally and felicitated the winners at Police Ground Chamba.
Amid shortage of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients in Madhya Pradesh, Reliance Industries Ltd sent oxygen from its refineries to the state on April 17. Tanker carrying 30 tonnes liquid Oxygen arrived from Gujarat's Jamnagar. Thanking Reliance for the gesture, MP Minister Tulsi Ram Silawat said, "We thank Reliance for providing us with liquid oxygen in the time of distress."
Amid COVID-19 crisis, Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav informed that open-book exams will be held for final year students of Under Graduate and Post Graduate programmes. "Amid increasing COVID cases, there will be open-book exams for final year students of UG and PG, just like it was during 1st and 2nd-year exams. There won't be any exam in college. We expect to continue with normal routine in July." COVID cases are on uphill in Madhya Pradesh. Currently there are 63,889 active cases in the state.
At least 5 persons were killed after fire broke out in Rajdhani hospital in Chhattisgarh's Raipur on April 17. Rest of the patients have been shifted to other hospitals. A detailed investigation will be done into the incident, informed police official. Further details are awaited.
CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas reached his hometown, Jammu on Friday. Rakeshwar was released last week after being abducted by Naxals in Chhattisgarh. The jawan was warmly welcomed by family, friends who put garlands around his neck. “I am very happy that I am meeting my family today. Our soldiers were brave enough to fight back the Naxals,” Rakeshwar said. Rakeshwar was abducted by Naxals during the Sukma-Bijapur encounter on April 3. Rakeshwar, who was part of security force's elite CoBRA unit, was released on April 8. 22 security personnel were killed and 31 others were injured in the fierce gunbattle.
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A couple misbehaved with Delhi Police personnel during the weekend lockdown. The incident took place in Delhi's Daryaganj area at around 4 pm on April 18. The couple was stopped by cops for not wearing face masks inside their car. The couple, identified as Pankaj and Abha, didn’t carry the mandatory curfew pass. They were seen shouting and yelling at the cop after he stopped their car. The couple also challenged the police to take action against them. A policewoman arrived at the scene and took the woman to a police station. A case has been registered against Pankaj and his wife Abha, informed officials. Watch the full video for more.
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From the Indian Railways planning new Oxygen Express trains, to 20 patients escaping from a care centre in Uttarakhand - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. The central government said that India became the fastest to inoculate 12.2 crore, a feat achieved in 92 days. Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, and Rajasthan saw record spikes in new cases. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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Relatives of patients admitted to Delhi hospitals for Covid-19 treatment recounted their ordeal amid an unprecedented surge in cases. The patients' relatives said they found admission after being rejected by multiple hospitals. One of them claimed that 4 people were being housed on a single bed, while another stated that her relative had been asked to lie down on the floor, and was being denied food and water. Delhi saw 25,500+ new Covid cases in 24 hours, the highest single-day surge so far. Watch the full video for more.
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Dressed in PPE kits, medical staff of a hospital in Gujarat's Vadodara was seen dancing in front of COVID patients. Doctors and nurses were seen encouraging their patients to be happy through their act. The patients lying on the beds were also enjoying the moments.
Jharkhand Congress MLA Irfan Ansari stoked controversy by performing puja at a temple. Ansari performed puja at Deoghar's Baidyanath Dham temple, a sacred abode of Lord Shiva. BJP MP Dr Nishikant Dubey demanded arrest of Ansari after he offered prayers at temple. Dubey claimed that entry of non-Hindus is strictly not allowed at Baidyanath temple. The MP from Godda demanded that Jharkhand's JMM-led govt order arrest of Ansari. He also sought action against the deputy commissioner and SP of Deoghar. Meanwhile, Ansari accused Dubey of playing dirty politics in the name of religion. Ansari, MLA of Jamtara, had entered temple's sanctum sanctorum with his companions and performed puja. Ansari claimed that he has been coming to the temple since childhood to seek blessings.
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Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta inspected COVID-19 ward at Sadar Hospital in Ranchi on April 13. "There is no shortage of Remdesivir injection in the state. On Tuesday, we received 1,500 injections. We have written to the Central govt for more ventilators. We are increasing the number of ventilators," said Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the positivity rate of Covid-19 tests in the national capital has increased to 30 per cent from 24 per cent in the last 24 hours. He also requested the Central..
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