26 Covid-19 patients die in Goa hospital in a matter of hours
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-05-2021; On May 11, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that 26 Covid-19 patients had died at the state-run Goa Medical and University Hospital (GMCH) in the early hours of the morning and requested an investigation by the Superior Court to determine the exact cause.
- He said the deaths occurred between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. “which is a fact,” but he was evasive about the cause.
- Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who visited GMCH, said that the gap between “the availability of medical oxygen and its supply to Covid-19 services at GMCH may have caused problems for patients,” though he emphasized that there is no oxygen shortage in the state.
- Speaking to reporters, Rane admitted the lack of medical oxygen supply to GMCH as of May 10.
- Rane said the facility’s medical oxygen requirement as of May 10 was 1,200 jumbo bottles, of which only 400 were provided.
PIL against Central Vista Construction, another attempt to block the project: Centro a HC
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-05-2021; The Center told the Delhi High Court that the PIL seeking to halt the construction of Central Vista in New Delhi amid the Covid-19 pandemic was just another attempt to block the project, facing such attempts from the outset under a pretext or another.
- The “intentions and motives” behind the petition are evident from the fact that the current project was chosen by the petitioners despite the fact that several other agencies, including the Delhi Metro, carry out construction activities in the country’s capital, the government alleged.
- As the affidavit is not yet admitted in the file, a bench of the Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Judge Jasmeet Singh entered the matter at the May 12 hearing.
- The court also accepted the request for an early hearing submitted by the petitioners – Anya Malhotra, who works as a translator, and Sohail Hashmi, a historian and documentarian – who argued that the project was not a core business and therefore could be on hold for the time being during the pandemic.
- In the affidavit filed with the court on May 10, the central government said that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) authorized construction activities, during the current curfew, where workers reside on the site.
BJP focused on efforts to protect Modi brand, ready to launch campaign to promote ‘positivity’
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-05-2021; The second wave of the pandemic has left even those who are well connected when it comes to accessing health care resources, a fact highlighted by the deaths of four BJP lawmakers in Uttar Pradesh alone, as well as by a letter from Union Minister Santosh Gangwar to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
- The letter speaks of the lack of resources in his constituency of Bareilly and the powerlessness that is expressed even in BJP circles in terms of managing public distress.
- The effect of all of this not only in terms of what it means for the progress of the pandemic in the country but also for Brand Modi’s reputation appears to be very much on the minds of BJP leaders, party sources say. .
- On Tuesday, party chairman JP Nadda wrote a four-page rebuttal to Acting Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting the day before.
- In this, Nadda accused her and her party of being “misleading and petty” and “creating a false panic in the fight against Covid-19”.
- The tone of the letter was to stress that the opposition and the chief ministers of opposition-led states strongly opposed the recipes to control the pandemic and blamed Modi for getting out of hand.
- BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya lamented the fact that while deaths were discussed, recovery rates did not stand out in the same way.
- The RSS, the ideological mothership of the BJP, also announced, through its COVID Response Team (CRT), the launch of a campaign titled “Hum Jeetenge” (we will win), also called “unlimited positivity” to counter the “negativity” around the fight against Covid-19.
- The campaign will include a speech by RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat, likely in the second week of May, and daily (online) lectures from prominent leaders from across the country.
- A promotional title / poster for the event featured Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Jaggi Vasudev, Azim Premji of Wipro and dancer and MP Sonal Mansingh.
- However, the main party leaders admitted that while opposition politics were a factor for them, the lack of anticipation of the second wave made “defense” quite difficult.
Bodies of 71 suspected Covid-19 victims recovered from Ganges
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-05-2021; The bodies of 71 suspected Covid-19 victims, who were found floating in the Ganges at Chausa in the Buxar district of Bihar on Monday, were found and some of them were disposed of by the district administration on Tuesday morning .
- Samples of some bodies have been kept for further testing.
- Ram Ashray Yadav, who sells wood for funerals at the Mahadeo ghat (bank) in Chausa, said: “Most of the bodies were buried in a large pit dug by a JCB machine on the river bank.”
- District officials said the bodies may have floated from adjacent districts in eastern Uttar Pradesh, such as Varanasi and Allahabad.
- “The bodies are swollen. They appear to have been in the water for at least 5-7 days. Its origin must be sought. They could be from Varanasi or Allahabad from the U.P. A senior district official said.
- Videos of swollen bodies have also gone viral on social media, sparking outrage and shock among villagers.
- Chausa is located about 10 kilometers downstream from neighboring Uttar Pradesh.
A number of measures can be used to make vaccines and other supplies cheaper
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-05-2021; The Center may use a series of measures to manufacture products, including reduced GST rates, zero GST rate on essential raw materials, allowing non-GST imports, as well as direct cash incentives for producers. Covid-19 vaccines and other essential supplies cheaper, tax experts have suggested.
- Currently, the GST on goods and services is applied at a rate of 5% on vaccines and 12% on Covid-19 drugs and oxygen concentrators for domestic supplies and commercial imports.
- For imported oxygen concentrators for personal use, the government reduced the GST rate from 28% to 12% and eliminated the tariffs.
- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday launched a resolute defense of GST taxes on Covid-19 relief supplies after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposing a waiver of these taxes amid the growing second wave of the pandemic.
- The Finance Minister had said that exempting vaccines from the GST would be counterproductive without benefiting the consumer.
- Under current policy, the Center provides free vaccinations to people 45 and older, while states and individuals have been asked to pay the bill for the rest.
- The tax implications are important not only for vaccines, but also for other critical drugs and equipment.
Shooting at a school in Russia kills 9; suspect arrested
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-05-2021; A gunman attacked a school Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, causing students to run out of the building as smoke billowed from their windows.
- At least nine people were killed, seven eighth-grade students, a teacher and another school employee, and another 21 were hospitalized, Russian officials said.
- Images released by Russian media showed students dressed in black and white running out of the building.
- Another video showed broken windows, rising smoke and the sounds of gunshots in the background. Dozens of ambulances lined the entrance of the school after the attack and the police closed access to the building.
- Russian media said that while some students were able to escape, others were trapped inside during the ordeal. All the students were eventually evacuated to nearby kindergartens and picked up by their families.
- Authorities said the attacker was arrested and police opened a criminal investigation into the shooting. The authorities immediately implemented additional security measures in all schools in Kazan, a city 700 kilometers east of Moscow.
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,31,92,346 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with an official figure of 2,52,251.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that variant B.1.617 first identified in India last year was classified as a variant of global concern.
- This classification is only done when the variant is more infectious or more lethal than the original strain.
- Meanwhile, an early downward trend in daily new Covid-19 cases and deaths has been observed in the country, the government said on May 11, indicating that the devastating second wave of the pandemic is subsiding.
- Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Chhattisgarh were among the 18 states and union territories where the number of new Covid-19 cases continued to stabilize or decline, according to the government.
- However, at a press conference, a senior official said that Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Punjab were among the 16 states and territories in the union showing a continuous upward trend. New daily cases.
- Thirteen states have more than 1 lakh of active cases each and 26 states have a positivity rate greater than 15%, the government said.