Nationwide Lockdown, Makeshift Hospitals, Dr Anthony Fauci’s Advice to India | America’s top public health expert and White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Monday recommended a nationwide lockdown, massive vaccination drive and the construction of a large number of makeshift hospitals. “It is quite obvious to everyone that the situation in India is extremely serious,” Dr Fauci, who is considered one of the world’s top infectious disease specialists, told PTI in an interview.
Delhi Begins Covid-19 Vaccination for People Above 18; All Slots Booked for Next Two Days | The Delhi government on Monday launched a mega Covid-19 inoculation exercise for people in the 18-44 age group, who comprise more than half of the city’s population, with all the 301 vaccination centres witnessing “100 percent turnout”. These 301 centres have been established in 76 schools in the city.
An Indian Air Force aircraft reached Chennai, Tamil Nadu early morning today with 450 oxygen cylinders each of capacity 46.6 ltr from the United Kingdom.
Covid Update: “The incentive will be Rs 10,000 per month for resident doctors, post-graduates, and medical officers, Rs 7,000 for nursing and paramedical staff, and Rs 5,000 for drivers, sweepers, and attendants,” reads an official statement.
Covid Update: An Oxygen Express train carrying 4 tankers of liquid medical oxygen reached Gurugram (Haryana) from Hapa (Gujarat) today.
Siddaramaiah Demands Judicial Probe into the Death of 24 Patients at Karnataka Hospital | It’s not just deaths, this is murder committed by the government. I demand judicial probe into the deaths, let the truth comes out: Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah on the incident at a hospital where 24 patients died allegedly due to oxygen shortage
Horsemen in Shimla say their income is adversely affected due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. A horseman says, “3500 to 4000 horses are involved in tourism business here all of them are free nowadays, there is no work available,”
Tamil Nadu to Impose Stricter Curbs from May 6 to May 20 | More curbs in TN from May 6 to May 20. Grocery and vegetable shops to be open till noon. Private and govt offices to function with 50%capacity. Metro trains, buses, and taxis to operate with 50% capacity. Tea shops to be allowed only till noon. All social/political/sports/ entertainment /cultural events to remain shut.
Police arrested 3 doctors for taking Rs 1 lakh from the family of a patient for a ventilator bed at a hospital in Pune’s Pimpri Chinchwad area
Pfizer is in discussions with the Indian government for an expedited approval pathway to make Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available in the country, its chief Albert Bourla said on Monday, while stating that the firm is donating medicines worth USD 70 million (over Rs 510 crore) for treatment of Covid-19 patients in India. READ FULL STORY HERE.
Covid Update: Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense says the final two flights of Covid-19 aid to India have been delayed at least until Wednesday. US Transportation command says the delay is due to maintenance issues.
Maharashtra MoS Raghunath Kuchik writes a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan over differential pricing of vaccines.
Mumbai Has Lowest Infections Since Mid-March | Daily Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra dropped below 50,000 to 48,621 on Monday for the first time in the last 30 days, taking the tally to 47,71,022. On April 3, Maharashtra had reported 49,447 infections. On April 1 and 2, 43,183 and 47,827 cases were added, respectively. The state had reported an average of 60,000 cases in most of April.
Feel Tired and Dejected, Says the head of Dharamveer Solanki Hospital at Rohini
Several city hospitals continued to send SOS messages to authorities on Monday for replenishing their alarmingly low oxygen supplies to save the serious COVID-19 patients admitted there. Dr Pankaj Solanki, the head of the 50-bed Dharamveer Solanki Hospital at Rohini, said he is tired of making SOS calls and “feels dejected”. “Most of the times, there is a crisis (of oxygen). It has become difficult to manage even 10 patients now,” he said.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Delhi’s Oxygen Crisis Worsens, Only 447 MT in Stocks. The supply rose erratically from April 28, when it was 431 MT, to 447 MT on May 2, but the demand has gone beyond over 900 MT per day, a source in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said.