Since May 1, all people over 18 eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; All people over the age of 18 in India would be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine as of May 1, 2021. The announcement came after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday with doctors and members of the pharmaceutical industry.
- The government has said vaccine procurement, eligibility and administration are eased in phase 3 of the world’s largest immunization campaign. Vaccine manufacturers were encouraged to continue increasing their production and to attract new national and international players.
- Vaccine makers have also been allowed to deliver up to 50% of their supply to the state government and to the open market at previously declared prices. States were allowed to purchase additional doses of the vaccine directly from manufacturers.
- The second dose for priority groups (healthcare and frontline workers, population over 45), if any, will be given priority, the government added.
Delhi will be subject to a six-day “total curfew” from April 19 at midnight to April 26 at 5 a.m.
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; The nation’s capital would be subject to a six-day “total curfew” from Monday evening to Monday morning, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today.
- The announcement came after Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and Kejriwal met to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the city, where they both agreed that the city’s health system had “reached his limits”.
- According to Kejriwal, around 23,500 new cases have emerged in Delhi in the past 24 hours. The curfew will be in effect between 10 p.m. Monday evening until 5 a.m. next Monday, April 26.
- According to the government, providers of essential services such as doctors, law enforcement, media and students taking exams will be allowed to present identity cards or admission cards.
- An electronic pass will be required for travel for grocery store employees, food delivery personnel and e-commerce.
- The opening of religious places will be authorized but visitors will not be allowed. People going to weddings will be able to do so, upon presentation of an invitation card.
- Delhi Metro and public buses will only cover 50% of their total capacity; Shopping malls, gymnasiums, cinemas will be closed and religious, political or social gatherings will not be allowed.
But construction work related to Central Vista will continue during the lockdown.
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; Construction of the new parliament building as part of the Central Vista redevelopment project would continue during the shutdown announced by the Delhi government on Monday with workers left behind, government sources confirmed.
- The new building, which is under construction next to the current House of Parliament, will be completed in November 2022.
- While the Delhi government has banned construction when it closed Monday at 10pm. Starting April 26 at 5 a.m., projects in which workers reside on site will be permitted.
- Since some of the workers hired for the project are on site, construction will continue for as long as possible, an official with the Central Department of Public Works said.
- Previously, workers hired for the project had stayed at a camp in Sarai Kale Khan and traveled by metro and bus to the Lutyens site in Delhi.
Allahabad HC orders weeklong closure in Lucknow and other towns; the government refuses to impose it
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; Amid a wave of coronavirus cases, the Allahabad High Court on Monday ordered the government of Uttar Pradesh to impose a week-long lockdown on Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, Gorakhpur and Allahabad.
- A two-judge bench made up of Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar approved the order in a PIL on the state of quarantine centers in the state and the treatment of coronavirus patients.
- However, the state said it would not impose a full lockdown as the court said, but would implement other restrictions to curb the spread of infections.
There is no difference in mortality between Covid-19 “first” and “second wave”: ICMR
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; There was no difference in mortality between patients with Covid-19 in the first and second waves, said top doctors in charge of India’s national COVID management strategy.
- There was a relative increase in the cases of those who presented shortness of breath as a symptom of the infection, but those older than 60 years, as in the first wave, continued to have a higher risk of death.
- A “slightly higher” proportion of patients younger than 20 years were present in the second wave (5.8%) compared to the first (4.2%).
- In the first wave, 25.5% of the patients were between 20 and 40 years old compared to 23.7% in the current second wave.
- Citing data from a section of first- and second-wave hospital patients, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) director general Dr Balram Bhargava said that 47% of symptomatic patients had ‘shortness of breath’ ‘in the second wave (March-April 2021) versus 41% in the first wave (September-November 2021).
- In all other symptoms associated with Covid-19 (“rapid breathing”, cough, chills, joint pain, fatigue), there was a higher proportion of those who exhibited these symptoms in the first wave than in the current second wave.
- A key caveat with the data was that for the first wave analysis, 6,642 patients were analyzed, and in the second wave, only 1,405 were analyzed.
- Of the 6,650 patients admitted from September to November last year, 9.6% died, while from March to April, 9.7% of a group of 351 died from the virus.
- There was no difference in the proportion of patients requiring mechanical ventilation in the first and second waves, Dr. Bhargava said.
- The second wave, in addition to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, was characterized by an unprecedented demand for medical-grade oxygen, leading to severe shortages.
- Dr. Bhargava said that the sudden surge may have caused panic and a demand for more oxygen. “This is data from hospital settings, so we don’t yet know what triggers demand outside of these parameters,” he said in an online meeting.
- Dr. VK Paul, who chairs the Empowered Group on COVID Vaccines and Management (NEGVAC), said there was no difference in mortality, in wave one and wave two, between those 40 years and younger. “There is no overall / excessive risk of youth becoming COVID positive,” he said.
‘Crime against humanity’: Priyanka accuses Fadnavis of monopolizing Remdesivir
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; Congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today accused former Maharashtra Prime Minister Devendra Fadnavis of hoarding Remdesivir, saying a BJP leader is clinging to drugs at a time when people are falling. Trying to fix it is a “crime against humanity.”
- Speaking to Twitter, the congress secretary tagged a video of top Maharashtra BJP leaders, including Fadnavis, arguing with police officers after Mumbai police questioned a director of a pharmaceutical company following reports that thousands of vials of the drug Remdesivir, considered critical in Covid-19 treatment, had to be transported out of the country.
- On April 18, Mumbai police said they had information that Remdesivir stocks would be transported overseas as air cargo, despite the drug export ban.
- While Fadnavis claimed that the director was arrested because the BJP had managed to obtain authorizations for the supply of the drug to Maharashtra, activist Saket Gokhale wondered how an “individual like Fadnavis” had bought stock of Remdesivir in Gujarat when the sale was only allowed to the government.
- Upon learning that the director of the pharmaceutical company was being questioned, Fadnavis and another BJP state leader, Pravin Darekar, rushed to the police station.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancels his trip to India due to the worsening Covid-19 situation
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled his visit to India on Monday, scheduled for April 25-26, “given the current COVID situation,” the two governments said.
- The decision was made after weeks of discussions on how to proceed with the visit despite the pandemic, with officials saying last week that it would shorten the duration and limit his trips to Delhi.
- However, incessantly increasing cases in India, officials in London and Delhi decided on a “mutual agreement” to cancel the trip.
- On Sunday, British opposition MPs asked Johnson to cancel his trip in light of reports of the “double mutant” strain originating in India.
- Johnson said the UK Health Security Agency would decide whether or not to include India on the “red list” of countries from which returnees are to be quarantined in a hotel for 10 days.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1.52,52,446 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1.79,928.
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-04-2021; The Kerala government decided on Monday to impose a nighttime curfew starting at 9 p.m. at 6 a.m. on April 20, given the sharp increase in cases in the state. Kerala had recorded 18,257 cases as of Sunday, bringing the burden of infection to 12.39 lakh. The government has also ordered all domestic travelers coming to the state to undergo RT-PCR testing.
- Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh was revealed on Monday to have tested positive for coronavirus, a source close to him confirmed. Dr Singh has been transferred to the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for further observation and treatment, the source said. The former prime minister had a fever since Sunday evening.
- Hong Kong will suspend flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines from April 20 for two weeks after the mutant Covid-19 strain N501Y will be detected in the Asian financial center for the first time, authorities said in a statement on Sunday. night. The three countries would be classified as “extremely high risk” as several imported cases brought the strain to Hong Kong in the past 14 days, the government said.