12 patients, including doctor, die when Batra hospital in Delhi runs out of oxygen
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-05-2021; Twelve patients at Delhi’s Batra Hospital, including a senior doctor, died on Saturday and at least two other hospitals reported precipitous drops in their oxygen supplies.
- With the death of 12 South Delhi hospital patients, announced at 12:30 p.m. who had lacked oxygen; The number of hospital patients who lost their lives in the worsening crisis over the past eight days has risen to 57.
- Batra initially reported eight deaths and revised the death toll to 12 overnight. “We are trying to resuscitate five other critically ill patients,” said Dr S C L Gupta, medical director of Batra hospital, earlier today.
- Among those who died from lack of oxygen was Dr R K Himthani, head of the gastroenterology department, admitted to hospital for 15 to 20 days.
- The hospital had informed the authorities of the lack of oxygen in the morning when there were only 2,500 liters left. Then, around 12:30 p.m., hospital authorities claimed they had run out of oxygen. The tanker arrived at 1.35 p.m.
Deliver 490 tons of oxygen to Delhi today or face contempt: HC in the center
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-05-2021; The Delhi High Court on Saturday warned the central government that it must initiate contempt proceedings against its officials for failing to comply with the 490 tonnes of oxygen allocated to Delhi for even one day.
- A bench consisting of Judge Vipin Sanghi and Judge Rekha Palli said: “Relevantly, the allowance in Delhi, which was previously 480 MT (as of April 20, 2021), and is now 490 MT, has not even been met for one day. “
- Senior lawyer Rahul Mehra, representing the Delhi government, informed the court at 3:05 pm.
- He received an emergency message from Bidhuri, who is the officer responsible for ensuring supplies to Delhi hospitals, indicating that Delhi’s reserves are exhausted.
- Mehra said on Saturday that there was little or no supply from the Linde and Air Liquide factories.
- He expressed serious concerns about how the capital would rebound from Saturday’s shortage as many hospitals and nursing homes ran out of medical oxygen or would do so within the next few hours.
- During the hearing, the High Court also said that Delhi is not an industrial state and does not have its own cryogenic tankers that can be requisitioned under the Disaster Management Act, such as the have made other states.
18 dead in fire at Covid-19 hospital in Gujarat
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-05-2021; Sixteen Covid-19 patients and two nurses died in a tragic fire in the intensive care room of Bharuch social hospital. This is the second fire in which many victims have been reported in Gujarat.
- Earlier this week, five people died when a fire broke out in an intensive care unit at a private Covid-19 hospital in Surat.
- At Bharuch hospital, the fire started in an intensive care unit and quickly spread to the entire floor of a four-story building where more than 50 COVID-19 patients were being treated.
More than 700 teachers have died from Covid-19 during the U.P. panchayat polls: Priyanka Gandhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-05-2021; Congress Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claimed on Saturday that more than 700 teachers had died from Covid-19 due to their involvement in the conduct of the panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh amid a catastrophic attack by the second wave.
- She said it was “nothing less than a crime against humanity” and accused the State Election Commission (SEC) of “playing its game”.
- The party led by the U.P. claimed that a pregnant woman was among the victims. The actions of the state government amounted to “terrorizing” people and hiding the truth from them, she said.
- Voting for the four-phase elections ended on Thursday with a turnout of 75% in the final phase.
- “These elections were made in nearly 60,000 grams of U.P. sabhas. without thinking about the catastrophic attack of the second wave.
- Meetings were held, campaigns and the spread of Covid-19 continued in villages across the PU. is now unstoppable. People are dying in droves, well above deceptive official numbers, ”Vadra said in a series of tweets.
- People were dying in their homes in rural areas of the PU, and those deaths are not counted as linked to the pandemic because people are not being tested, she said.
- The Supreme Court refuses to postpone the counting process of the U.P. panchayat elections On Saturday, the Supreme Court refused to intervene in an appeal to postpone the counting process in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections on May 2 after the state and the Electoral Commission ensured that Covid 19 protocols would be respected.
- Appearing before a court of Judges AM Khanwilkar and Hrishikesh Roy in a special session, Additional Attorney General Aishwarya Bhati, for the State, said that essential measures (protocol) for the safety of all involved in the counting centers, including the recent April 29 and 30 notifications about COVID, would be honored.
- Bhati said a strict curfew would be imposed in the areas notified by the authorities, especially in and around the counting centers. The curfew would continue until the results were declared.
The United States will restrict travel from India from May 4
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-05-2021; Given the high number of Covid-19 cases and the multiple strains of the virus in India, the United States will restrict travel by non-nationals of the country starting Tuesday, US Eastern Time.
- On Friday afternoon, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation prohibiting the entry of non-citizens (the administration removed the term “ foreigner ”) who had been physically present in India for 14 days prior to their entry or attempt to enter the United States.
- It is a long list of exemptions and the order will be reviewed every 30 days. H-1B and L holders and their dependents are not automatically exempt from the restrictions.
- Entry restrictions do not apply to lawful permanent residents (LPR or green card holders); non-citizens married to Americans or green card holders, non-citizen parents or legal guardians of minors (under the age of 21) who are US citizens or green card holders; siblings of single citizens or LPR, provided they are under 21 and single and other categories of travelers
- Those traveling on immigrant visas are also exempt from these restrictions, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to The Hindu.
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,93,03,178 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 2,12,966.
- Some private hospital chains launched the Covid-19 vaccination campaign for the 18-44-year-old age group in limited centers across the country on May 1, authorities said.
- Apollo Hospital sources said the campaign had started at their centers in Hyderabad and Kolkata, but not in Delhi. They said they were waiting for the vaccines to arrive and that the vaccination in Delhi should start on Monday or Tuesday.
- Max Healthcare has announced that the campaign will begin in “selected hospitals of the Delhi NCR network”. The campaign has not yet started at Fortis Healthcare as it awaits the arrival of vaccine doses, the sources said, adding that it would start later today.
- Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday that the shutdown in the capital will be extended for another week.
- This means that the restrictions will be in effect until May 10. This will be the second extension of the blockade in the city to contain the pandemic and, effectively, it will mean that the restrictions will remain in force without interruption for three weeks.
- India received the first shipment of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, according to the Central Council for Excise and Customs (CBIC).
- The CBIC in a tweet said that customs in Hyderabad had sped up the clearance of the imported vaccine from Russia. Last month, the government authorized the emergency use of imported vaccines to slow the spread of the coronavirus infection and removed tariffs on their imports.