CoWIN platform issues when COVID-19 vaccination registration for over 18s begins
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-04-2021; Since the registration of all citizens over 18 years of age for COVID-19 vaccination began on the CoWIN portal at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, many people took to social media to complain about the technical problems they were facing.
- The third phase of the vaccination campaign, which would also include people between 18 and 45 years old, is expected to start from May 1.
- Some of them complained that the portal was unresponsive, while others complained that it had crashed.
- At 4:35 p.m., a tweet from verified mobile app Twitter user Aarogya Setu said that the CoWIN portal was working and there was a small glitch at 4:00 p.m. that has been fixed.
- After registration, making an appointment to receive a Covid-19 vaccine would be mandatory for people between the ages of 18 and 44, as walk-in visits will not be allowed at first.
- Appointments will be based on time slots made available by states and private vaccination centers.
- People over the age of 45 can still benefit from being able to register on the spot to get vaccinated.
- The inoculation process and the documents required to obtain the jab remain the same. The media, citing government sources, said that the site, after the problems, was receiving 27 lakh per minute.
Journalist Kappan was taken to a Delhi hospital, SC told U.P. govt.
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-04-2021; The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer journalist Siddique Kappan to a Delhi hospital, like Ram Manohar Lohia or AIIMS.
- A bench of the Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, Judges Surya Kant and A.S. Bopanna ordered Attorney General Tushar Mehta, for the state, to transfer Mr. Kappan to a Delhi hospital for “appropriate medical treatment.”
- The order came despite serious objections raised by Mehta on behalf of the state. Mehta said Kappan tested negative for COVID in an RT-PCR test and could not be distinguished from other detainees for treatment at a Delhi hospital. He said he could be admitted to a Mathura hospital.
- He said there were hundreds of other inmates with or without comorbidities.
- But the judiciary emphasized that the statement referred to a man’s health. The court said the state has an obligation to protect an individual’s health.
- He said he was wrong, except that Kappan had received medical treatment at a hospital outside of the U.P.
- Once he is in good health, the court said, he will be returned to Mathura Prison, from where he could take the necessary steps to seek redress in accordance with the law, the court noted.
- At one point, Mehta said that hospital beds in Delhi were full. “I cannot ask any Covid-19 positive patient to leave his bed for a Covid-19 negative patient,” the attorney general said.
- However, the bank stood firm and asked him to make the necessary arrangements to transfer Kappan to a hospital in Delhi.
- The Kerala Trade Union of Labor Journalists (KUWJ) alleged that Kappan was chained to a crib at the hospital where he was admitted, after falling into the bathroom and later testing positive for Covid-19.
SII lowers Covishield price for states to ₹ 300 per dose
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-04-2021; As several states have expressed their inability to begin the third round of immunization as of May 1 due to vaccine shortages, the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) said on Wednesday it was reducing the price of its Covishield vaccine in the States. from ₹ 400 to ₹ 300 per dose as a ‘philanthropic gesture’.
“As a philanthropic gesture on behalf of SII, I hereby reduce the price in the States from ₹ 400 to ₹ 300 per dose, effective immediately; This will save billions of rupees of public funds in the future. This will enable more vaccines and save countless lives, ”SII Executive Director Adar Poonawalla said on Twitter.
- The SII had previously quoted its price per dose of its ‘Covishield‘ vaccine at ₹ 150 for central government, ₹ 400 for state governments, and ₹ 600 for private hospitals, while Bharat Biotech (implementing ‘Covaxin’) had quoted ₹ 150 for the Center, ₹ 600 for state governments, and ₹ 1,200 for private hospitals.
- Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said today that although the Center has announced that the third phase will start from May 1, It would not be possible to start the vaccinations on this date, the only two indigenous producers, SII and Bharat Biotech, not having been able to provide the quantities of doses necessary for the smooth running of the vaccination campaign.
India rejects UN offer of assistance, says it has a “robust system”
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-04-2021; India has rejected assistance offered by the United Nations for its integrated supply chain for Covid-19-related material, saying the country has a “robust system” to handle the required logistics, said an spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
- On whether shipments of essential materials from UN agencies are expected to reach India amid the crisis, Haq said: “So far none have been searched, but as I have said, we have people, including our employees, who are in and logistical issues. they are ready to help, if they need us, and we are in contact with our counterparts in India to see if that will be helpful. “
Home Office Notifies GNCT Act Effectively Making L-G the “Government” of Delhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-04-2021; The Home Office (MHA) on Wednesday issued a notice in the bulletin stating that the provisions of the Delhi law of 2021 of the Government of the National Capital Territory (GNCT) would be deemed to come into force on April 27.
- It comes a day after the Delhi High Court warned the Delhi government to tidy its “house” over the city’s insufficient oxygen supply problem, adding that the Center would be asked to take relay. the situation created by the impending pandemic.
- The law, which strengthens the Deputy Governor (LG) of Delhi and significantly dilutes the powers of the elected government and the Legislative Assembly, will clarify the term “government” and address “ambiguities” in the legislation to promote the “relations of harmony between the legislative and the executive”.
- As development occurs amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the law is expected to spark a new round of confrontations between the L-G and the Delhi government under the AAP.
Widow of Trinamool candidate files wrongful death case against West Bengal deputy election commissioner
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-04-2021; At first, the widow of Trinamool Congressional (TMC) candidate Kajal Sinha, who recently died of Covid-19, lodged a complaint against Sudip Jain, deputy election commissioner in charge of West Bengal, accusing the Indian Election Commission (EC) ” of willful and intentional omission ”which caused the death of her husband.
- Sinha was TMC’s candidate for the Khardaha Assembly constituency, who went to the polls in the sixth phase of the current West Bengal Assembly election on April 22. He died three days after his seat vote on April 25.
- Besides Sinha, three other candidates died during the state’s prolonged election campaign. Two candidates were from Jangipur constituency: Pradip Nandi of the Revolutionary Socialist Party and Rezaul Haque of Congress. Samir Ghosh, an independent candidate from the Baisnabnagar Assembly constituency, also succumbed to Covid-19.
- In her complaint, Nandita Sinha said that the EC had displayed “a total lack of preparation, negligence, lack of responsibility and the utmost disregard for the lives of ordinary people”.
- West Bengal alone, he said, has 95,000 cases of Covid-19 and the EC has decided to hold elections in eight phases spanning 33 days despite the already precarious situation in the rest of the country. .
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,83,02,291 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,03,894.
A study found that people who have been vaccinated with Covaxin have protection against the double mutant variant (B.1.617) which was first discovered in India.
- A pre-print of the study carried out by researchers at ICMR and Bharat Biotech has been published on biorXiv. Pre-prints have yet to be peer reviewed and published in medical journals.
- To date, 21 countries have detected variant B.1.617. Of these, most of the cases have been reported in India.
Two people were killed in the shock and at least 10 others were injured after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Assam on Wednesday at 7:51 a.m.
- The earthquake, which was felt in the northeast, Bihar, West Bengal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, damaged several buildings and roads. in the north and west of the state.
- The National Seismic Center (NCS) said the epicenter of the earthquake, at a depth of 10 km, was Dhekiajuli in the Sonitpur district, and a preliminary analysis showed that it was located near the Kopili fault, closer to the frontal thrust of the Himalayas.
The PM CARES fund would be used to purchase 1 lakh portable oxygen concentrators, the government said Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sanctioned the supply during a meeting to discuss the provision of liquid medical oxygen for the management of Covid-19, the PMO said.
They said 500 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants had been sanctioned under the fund, except for the 713 previously sanctioned.