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Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021

25 dead at Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi due to oxygen shortage

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, which treats hundreds of coronavirus patients, saw the death of 25 “sicker” patients on Friday due to low oxygen pressure, the hospital said on Friday.

  • They had issued an SOS to the government at 8 am, saying there was only two hours of oxygen available and the ventilator and BiPAP were “not working efficiently”.
  • The BiPAP (two-level positive pressure) machine is a non-invasive machine used to deliver oxygen to patients.

“Low pressure oxygen could be the likely cause of at least some of these 25 deaths in the past 24 hours.”

A hospital source said
  • Two other hospitals in the city, Max Smart Hospital and Max Saket Hospital, also said they had less than an hour of oxygen supply today.
  • The hospital group later said it had halted new admissions to all of its Delhi-NCR hospitals due to low oxygen supplies. The group has at least six hospitals in the region and a total of more than 1,000 beds.
  • Delhi hospitals have faced an oxygen shortage. The Delhi government has criticized the governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for not allowing a steady supply of oxygen to the state’s private oxygen plants in Delhi.

13 COVID-19 patients die in Maharashtra hospital after fire

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; In another accident in Maharashtra, 13 COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) at Vijay Vallabh hospital in Virar of Palghar district died in a fire in the early hours of Friday.

  • District officials said the intensive care unit is located on the second floor of the four-story hospital and a total of 17 patients were in treatment at the time of the incident. The fire broke out around 3 a.m.
  • According to state government information, three fire trucks arrived at the scene immediately and Hell was shot down at 5:20 a.m.
  • Two days ago, 24 patients lost their lives in Nashik after an oxygen tank leaked at Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital run by Nasik Municipal. Corporation (NMC).

Covishield effective against the double mutant variant

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; Preliminary studies show that people who have been vaccinated with Covishield have protection against the double mutant variant (B.1.617) which was first discovered in India.

  • Studies by researchers at the Hyderabad-based Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), a CSIR laboratory, showed that protection against the double mutant variant was also observed when the convalescent plasma of infected and already recovered people was tested in the lab.

“Covishield vaccinated and convalescent sera have been shown to provide protection against the double mutant variant (B.1.167),”

says Dr Rakesh Mishra, Director of CCMB.
  • This is only a preliminary study that involved four or five people for each group and was conducted with young people who recovered from a previous infection and another group of people who received the vaccine Covishield.
  • Dr Mishra says that in about 10 days there will be studies involving more people from both groups, who have recovered and been vaccinated.
  • In addition, the study will involve older people to understand the level of protection conferred by a previous infection and by the Covishield vaccine.
  • The Institute is carrying out similar studies using plasma from people vaccinated with Covaxin.

Center responsible for people dying from lack of oxygen, intensive care beds, says Rahul Gandhi

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the Center was responsible for the deaths of people due to shortages of oxygen and beds in the intensive care unit (ICU) during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The crown can cause oxygen levels to drop, but it is the shortage of oxygen and the lack of intensive care beds that are causing many deaths. GOI is up to you.”

tweeted Gandhi, who has tested positive and is in home isolation.
  • The congressman and his party have criticized the government’s handling of the pandemic Narendra Modi, which has resulted in massive oxygen shortages, hospital beds with intensive care facilities and life-saving antiviral drugs like Remdesivir and vaccines.
  • In recent days, Congress has advocated for free and universal vaccination for all adult age groups and criticized the new vaccination policy which allows tiered pricing.
  • Former Minister of Finance, P. Chidambaram suggests that the states jointly form a committee to negotiate with the manufacturers.

Modi criticizes Kejriwal for violating closed meeting protocol

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were thrown into a minor accident during the Union government’s video conference with the Chief Ministers of Covid-19 heavy states, after Kejriwal broadcast his speeches live at the meeting.

  • Kejriwal, speaking at the meeting, while asking the Center for help in meeting the growing oxygen needs of Delhi hospitals, broadcast his comments live, to which Modi objected while this was happening, claiming that this was against protocol. such a closed door. meetings. With that, Kejriwal said that he would never make that mistake again.
  • Government sources said Kejriwal’s actions were aimed at politicizing the gathering so that the Center appeared to be brutal to the states.
  • Kejriwal’s office, however, provided a statement explaining his version of events for him. Today the Chief Minister’s speech was shared live as there was never any instruction, written or verbal, from the central government that such interaction could not be shared live.
  • There were multiple occasions for similar interactions where matters of public importance that did not contain confidential information were shared live.
  • However, if any inconvenience was caused, we are deeply sorry, ”the statement read.

Government announces 5kg of food grains to Rs 80 crore beneficiaries under PMGKY

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; The Union government announced that 5 kg of food grains will be provided to the beneficiary Rs 80 million under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKY) during the months of May and June as many states were subject to blankets -Fires and high rates of coronavirus infections had caused a slowdown in economic activity.

  • The announcement came on the day that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with top ministers, especially those from high-workload states. The cost of the free cereal program has been set at Rs 26 billion.
  • Modi assured the states that all resources, including the Indian Railways and the Indian Air Force (IAF), are being deployed to reach oxygen in different corners of the country.
  • Of particular importance is the meeting with the chief ministers, followed by Modi’s meeting with the oxygen manufacturers, the fourth such review of oxygen availability in the last week, with new cases surpassing the 3 mark daily. , 5 lakh on Friday.

You imputed motives to us, says the Supreme Court to experienced lawyers

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; On Friday, a special chamber of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde objected to high-level lawyers “indicting” the Supreme Court, hinting that “he was trying of “blocking” proceedings in several higher courts regarding serious cases of oxygen, shortage and essential elements of Covid-19 for patients.

  • The court was responding to several high-level attorneys who voiced their perceptions about the sudden court intervention on Thursday, taking notice of the matter.
  • They argue that the Superior Court should not have interrupted the Superior Court process or tried to refer the cases to itself in the middle.
  • In Thursday’s two-page order, the bank asked the Center for a “national plan” to facilitate a uniform supply of essential Covid-19 products. He addressed formal communications to the Center and to the States, the territories of the Union and the parties that addressed the various superior courts.
  • The CJI court had asked them why the higher court should not go ahead and approve “uniform orders” on the supply of oxygen, essential drugs, the method and mode of vaccination and the declaration of confinement.
  • Thursday’s order had sparked anticipation among the legal fraternity and the public that the sudden intervention of the higher court would delay much-needed relief from the higher courts or derail their continued oversight of the oxygen supply by the States and the Center.
  • On Friday, the court accused senior lawyers such as Vikas Singh and Dushyant Dave, who spoke out against Thursday’s order, of “pressuring the court.”
  • Meanwhile, the court-appointed amicus curiae and lead attorney Harish Salve withdrew from the case.
  • Salve said he was withdrawing from the sensitive case over allegations that he and CJI were personal friends of the school.
  • The court allowed him to recuse himself and released the case for Tuesday. Dave had told media on Thursday that CJI Bobde and Salve were friends from school.

SC Response to Incorrect COVID-19 Situation: Congress

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; The intervention of the Supreme Court of India in the management of COVID-19 is “incorrect”, “unwarranted” and could have “the effect of unintentionally legitimizing the total failure of the central government” in the management of the pandemic, said Congress.

  • In a virtual press conference, senior congressional attorney and spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said several higher courts uphold citizens’ right to life and bring relief to ordinary citizens.
  • The congress party’s firm response follows criticism from several high-level lawyers and jurists who questioned the Supreme Court’s intervention.

Covid Updates

Daily NEWS Summary | 23-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,64,52,787 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1.87,840.

  • A nighttime curfew will be imposed in Andhra Pradesh from Saturday in an attempt to stem the virulent spread of the coronavirus. The government has also decided to provide free COVID vaccines to anyone over the age of 18.
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