20 COVID-19 patients die at Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi due to lack of oxygen
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-04-2021; Up to 20 seriously ill COVID-19 patients died at the Jaipur Golden Hospital in the nation’s capital on Friday night due to oxygen shortages. On Saturday morning, the hospital said it only had oxygen for 45 minutes and asked the government for urgent help.
- The city has been grappling with oxygen supply shortages for the past seven days amid a huge increase in coronavirus cases.
- Delhi government has blamed the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments for not allowing a constant supply of oxygen to America’s private oxygen factories in Delhi.
- Ideally, there should be a reserve oxygen reserve for at least 48 hours in hospitals, according to doctors.
- But since the city’s record spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitals are running out of stock and filling up almost daily. Most hospitals run on an oxygen supply that would only last 12 to 18 hours, authorities said.
- Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court ruled today that if any central, state or local government official obstructs the collection or supply of oxygen, then “hang this man.”
- A court observation by Judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli came during a plea hearing at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital regarding lack of oxygen for seriously ill Covid-19 patients.
- The court told the Delhi government to give it an example of blocking the oxygen supply and said “we are going to hang this man.”
The government says there is no shortage of vaccines, says P. Chidambaram
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-04-2021; Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday highlighted the vaccine shortage and warned the government of more protests if people returned to hospitals.
- However, he welcomed the decision to vaccinate everyone over the age of 18 as of May 1.
- All adults will be eligible for coronavirus vaccination starting May 1 after the government announced its liberalized vaccination policy. Currently, only people over the age of 45 are eligible for the vaccine.
Tamil Nadu to close theaters, gyms and shopping malls as new restrictions take effect from April 26
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-04-2021; Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu government announced on Saturday more restrictions, including mandatory electronic registration for those entering the state (except Pondicherry), which would take effect from 4 a.m. April 26 (Monday).
- Theaters, gyms, all bars, leisure clubs, large format stores, shopping complexes and shopping centers will not be allowed to operate, while industrial establishments can operate according to existing standards.
- The government has made electronic registration mandatory for those entering Tamil Nadu, including those from abroad.
- From 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., Sunday’s curfew and total lockdown would remain in effect. Auditoriums and meeting rooms are not allowed, according to the new restrictions.
- Independent grocery and vegetable stores and department stores can operate without air conditioning and with only 50% footfall at any one time.
RSS warns of “anti-Bharat” forces amid pandemic
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-04-2021; Amid a second massive wave of Covid-19 infections hitting India, the RSS on Saturday called for caution against “destructive and anti-Bharat forces” who it said could take advantage of the situation to “create an atmosphere of negativity and distrust.. “
- RSS Secretary General and Second in Command Dattatreya Hosabale issued a statement in which he also called on the organization’s workers and social and religious institutions to come forward to address current issues.
Less than two months after Quad summit on vaccine cooperation, US rejects India’s request to lift export ban on COVID vaccine raw materials
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-04-2021; Defending U.S. restrictions on the export of key vaccine raw materials that threaten to slow India’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign by slowing production, a senior State Department official said the Biden administration’s first obligation was meet the demands of the American. people.
- Interestingly, at a Quad summit on March 12 this year, leaders of Quad countries, which include the United States and India, as well as Japan and Australia, highlighted cooperation mutual fund to increase supply of COVID-19 vaccines “to address shortages in Southeast Asia.”
- When asked when the Biden government would vote on India’s demand to lift the export ban on vaccine raw materials, State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “America first, is engaged in an ambitious, efficient and, so far, successful enterprise. effort to immunize the American people. “
- It is not only in the interest of the United States to have Americans vaccinated; But the rest of the world wants to see Americans get vaccinated. As for the rest of the world, “Of course, we will always do our best, in accordance with our first obligation,” he said.
- Biden administration recently informed New Delhi that the current difficulty in exporting essential raw materials needed to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines is mainly due to a law that requires US companies to prioritize domestic consumption.
- President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production War Act (DPA) which leaves US companies no choice but to prioritize the production of Covid-19 vaccines for domestic production .
Daily NEWS Summary | 24-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,67,73,185 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1,90,421.
- Ahead of the vaccination launch for people aged 18 to 45 from May 1, the Center on Saturday called on states to register additional private vaccination centers and ensure effective crowd management at sites, highlighting inoculation through an “exclusive online registration” for beneficiaries of the age group.
- Rajesh Bhushan, trade union secretary for health and chairman of the “Enabled Group on Technology and Data Management to Combat COVID-19,” RS Sharma held a high-level meeting on Saturday to guide the states and territories of the Union in the effective implementation of the new vaccination strategy (phase 3) and to review their scale-up plans to strengthen the clinical and existing treatment infrastructure hospital for patients with Covid-19.
Judge N.V. Ramana was sworn in on Saturday as the 48th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India (CJI) by President Ram Nath Kovind in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- The ceremony to administer the oath of office, carried out according to the Covid-19 protocol, was attended by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of Lok Sabha Om Birla and Minister of Law Ravi Shankar Prasad, among others.
- Judge Ramana will serve a one-year and four-month term as CJI and will step down on August 26, 2022. After Judge K. Subba Rao, Judge Ramana is Andhra Pradesh’s second CJI.
The CBI has registered a case and is conducting research in connection with corruption allegations involving former Maharashtra Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh, according to an agency official.
- The agency had previously opened a preliminary investigation into the allegations, following a directive from the Bombay High Court. Deshmukh’s statement had already been recorded by the investigation team.
Six patients have died in a private hospital in Amritsar due to a shortage of medical oxygen, even as the state government ordered operations in the iron and steel industries to halt on Saturday for divert oxygen for medical purposes, as well as immediate establishment of oxygen control. chambers at state and district levels amid a growing oxygen crisis.
The government has decided to remove the basic customs duty on the import of COVID-19 vaccines and the basic customs duty and health tax on the import of medical grade oxygen and other equipment related to the supply of oxygen to patients for a period of three months.
- The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by the prime minister to review measures taken to increase oxygen availability in the country, the finance ministry said on Saturday.