Government asks social media to remove 100 COVID-19 posts
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-04-2021; The government has asked social media platforms to remove around 100 posts it says were made to create panic over the COVID-19 situation in India using unrelated posts and misinformation.
- On April 24, Twitter had removed more than 50 messages from its platform following government orders.
- Most of those tweets criticized the Center’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as India grappled with a record number of cases amid a shortage of beds and medical oxygen.
- When contacted, an official from the Ministry of Electronics and Informatics (MeitY) said: “The ministry, on the recommendation of the Interior Ministry, has asked social media platforms to remove around 100 posts or URLs.”
- The official said that this was done due to the misuse of these platforms by some users to spread false or misleading information and create panic about the COVID19 situation in India through the use of photographs or images.
- Unrelated, old and out of context images of commonly sensitive messages and misinformation about COVID-19 protocols.
- According to the order received by Twitter, some of the verified accounts for which the tweets were removed include Congressman Pawan Khera, MP Revanth Reddy, West Bengal Minister Moloy Ghatak, ABP News editor Pankaj Jha, actor Vineet Kumar Singh, filmmaker Avinash Das, and filmmaker and former journalist Vinod Kapri.
- Many deleted tweets had content related to drug shortages, beds, mass cremations, and the gathering of crowds at Kumbh Mela amid the pandemic.
- Although blocked from view in India, these tweets will still be visible outside the country.
- Khera sent a legal opinion to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and social media platform Twitter for withdrawing his April 12 tweet about the increase in Covid-19 cases.
- The tweet had questioned the “complete silence” of the Union government in allowing the Kumbh Mela and election rallies to take place despite the worsening coronavirus situation in India.
The United States and other countries pledge to support India
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-04-2021; The United States will swiftly deploy additional support to India and its health heroes amid the horrific COVID-19 outbreak, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
- Blinken’s comments came as pressure increased on the Biden administration to ship COVID-19 vaccines as well as various vital medical supplies to India.
- “Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrible COVID-19 outbreak,” Blinken said in a tweet Saturday night.
- US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the United States is deeply concerned about the severe COVID outbreak in India.
- Meanwhile, the European Union and Germany have also pledged to help tackle the second wave of Covid currently ravaging India.
- The guarantee of help came this afternoon when Covid daily figures reached almost 3.5 lakh, the fourth consecutive day of 3 fresh infections plus lakh.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday her government was “urgently” preparing a “support mission” to India as it fights a massive surge in coronavirus cases that has led to severe shortages of medical oxygen in several states.
- In a message, Merkel said that Germany stands in solidarity with India in the “common fight” against the pandemic.
- Also on Sunday, Russia plans to fly special aircraft with a wide range of COVID-related assistance, including oxygen generators and concentrators, as well as drugs needed to treat the coronavirus that is ravaging many parts of the country.
- India, but they may have wait for Remdesivir drug to ship due to U.S. patent infringements.
- According to sources familiar with the talks between Delhi and Moscow, the grant could start arriving this week, possibly in the next few days.
- It will include teams of generation of oxygen for a variety of purposes, ranging from individual household use to retirement homes and hospitals, as well as pharmaceutical supplies of drugs like Favipiravir, used to treat milder versions of COVID-19.
The PM CARES fund allocates funds to 551 oxygen plants
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-04-2021; The PM CARES Fund has approved the allocation of funds for the installation of 551 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen production plants in public health facilities across the country, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office ( PMO) on April 25.
- With 162 of those plants previously approved, the move would lead to the installation of an oxygen plant in all districts with government hospitals, an official said.
- PMO said the Fund had approved in principle 551 PSA oxygen generating plants “in accordance with the Prime Minister’s directive to increase the availability of oxygen in hospitals”.
- The decision was made following oxygen shortages in hospitals across the country amid an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
- Prime minister had ordered the factories to be installed as soon as possible and said they would increase the availability of oxygen at the district level, the statement said.
- Factories would be set up in some government hospitals at the district headquarters and procurements would be made through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, he said.
Cancel 80KL Oxygen Diversion, Tamil Nadu CM writes to PM
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-04-2021; Prime Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K. Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call for the immediate cancellation of the diversion of 80 KL of liquid oxygen from Sriperumbudur to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
- He felt there was a need to ensure adequate oxygen availability in the state due to the number of active cases crossing a lakh.
- In his letter, Mr. Palaniswami said that during the last national medical oxygen allocation, the oxygen allocation for Tamil Nadu was set at 220 metric tons (MT), while the state would need to 450 tonnes soon, which would be more than production capacity of 400 MT.
- The Chief Minister said that according to data from oil and explosive security organizations, oxygen consumption in Tamil Nadu has already reached 310 MT against a misallocation of 220 MT.
Delhi Lockdown extended by a week
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-04-2021; Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday that Delhi’s closure would be extended for a further week to deal with rising COVID-19 cases and the health emergency due to oxygen shortages. The six-day closure preceded by a weekend curfew was scheduled to end on April 26.
- Regarding the oxygen shortage in the city which has resulted in several deaths, the chief minister said the government was working through the night to make sure oxygen reached the hospital on time.
82 dead in hospital fire, Iraqi Interior Ministry confirms
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-04-2021; The Iraqi interior ministry said on April 25 that 82 people were killed and 110 injured in a catastrophic fire that broke out at a hospital in Baghdad.
- Among the dead were at least 28 ventilator patients struggling with severe symptoms of coronavirus, tweeted Ali al-Bayati, a spokesperson for the country’s Independent Human Rights Commission.
- The commission is a semi-official body.
- The negligence of hospital authorities was blamed on the blaze, which, according to initial reports, was caused by the explosion of an oxygen cylinder in an intensive care room at Ibn al-Khatib hospital.
- The hospital treats patients with severe symptoms of the coronavirus. The semi-official independent High Commission for Human Rights reported that at least 28 of the dead were using ventilators.
- The Iraqi prime minister sacked key hospital officials on Sunday, hours after the fire started.
Daily NEWS Summary | 25-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India is 1,71,96,471 at the time of publication of this bulletin with the death toll at 1,93,612.
Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced on Sunday that the state government will provide the free coronavirus vaccine to people over 18, who will be vaccinated from May 1. He said the state government will spend around ₹ 3,000 crore in the fiscal year.
- Meanwhile, the first Oxygen Express train to Delhi carrying around 70 tons of vital gas will leave the Jindal Steel Works plant in Raigarh on Sunday evening, Railways Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said.
- The train, with four tankers, will arrive in Delhi on Monday evening, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the 76th edition of “Mann Ki Baat” urged the nation not to fall prey to vaccine rumors and said the free vaccine provided to those over 45 will continue.