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Covid News Highlights: Tamil Nadu records 24,898 new COVID-19 cases; biggest single-day spike so far


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Why patents on COVID vaccines are so contentious

  • Patents reward innovation by preventing competitors from simply copying a company’s discovery and launching a rival product
  • The U.S. and some other wealthy countries lead the world in many areas of research and innovation
  • The Biden administration has been under intense pressure, including from many Democrats in Congress, to get more COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world

Moderna says Covid vaccine 96% effective in 12-to-17 year olds

Biden administration’s support of a waiver of patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization could weigh on Moderna’s shares.

No lockdown will be imposed in Telangana: CM K Chandrasekhar Rao

Chhattisgarh reports 13,846 new cases, 377 discharges and 212 deaths today

  • Total cases 8,16,489
  • Total recoveries 1,30,553
  • Death toll 9950
  • Active cases 1,31,245

GoAir aims to get most of its employees vaccinated by this month

The airline said it will target to vaccinate all its employees, but it is also subject to the rules and regulations as well as the availability of the infrastructure and vaccine across the country.

Andhra Pradesh govt sends oxygen SOS to Centre

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday sent an SOS to the Centre seeking enhanced supply of medical oxygen as the demand is expected to touch 1,000 tonnes by May 15, officials said.

Army working on war footing

  • Indian Army mobilised 2 field hospitals from North East by air to Patna, Bihar
  • These field hospitals include medical specialists, medical officers, nursing & support staff that will be utilised for establishing a 500 bedded hospital at ESI Patna including 100 ICU beds

Maharashtra sees Covid deaths cross 73,000, cases near 5 million mark

The Mumbai circle – comprising Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts – recorded a drop in new cases, at 8,525 now, taking its tally to 14,24,093, and with 124 more deaths, the toll rose to 24,296

Immediately license all patents necessary for vaccine, drug production: Jairam Ramesh

“Hope you will give this your serious consideration, @PiyushGoyal. It is a logical consequence of the stance we have taken at the WTO,” Ramesh said on Twitter.

Tamil Nadu logs 24,898 new cases, 195 deaths

TN reported 24,898 new COVID-19 cases in the single biggest day spike so far, pushing the caseload to 12,97,500, while a record 195 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 14,974.

PM Modi takes stock of state-wise COVID-19 situation

  • PM spoke to CMs of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha & Jharkhand about the Covid related situation in their states
  • He also spoke to LGs of Puducherry & Jammu & Kashmir about the Covid situation in the UTs

Delhi’s popular autorickshaws become COVID-19 ambulances

  • The Delhi government, in association with a non-profit organization, has kitted out more than a dozen autorickshaws with hand sanitizers and face masks, while oxygen cylinders are provided on a need basis
  • The service, which began officially on Tuesday, is free

Vaccine wastage

Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and Assam are the top three States/UTs that report maximum vaccine wastage with 9.76%, 8.83% and 7.70% respectively, according to Central government

Allocation of COVID -19 supplies received from the Global Community to States and UTs

  • 1841 Oxygen Concentrators; 1814 Oxygen Cylinders; 09 Oxygen Generation Plants; 2403 ventilators/ Bi PAP/ C PAP; more than 2.8 L Remdesivir vials delivered, so far
  • Major items received on 5 May 2021 include: 1. Australia- Ventilator/ Bi PAP/ C PAP (1056), Oxygen Concentrator (43) 2. USA- RDK (40300), Remdesivir (~1.56 lakh), PPE kits and additional other items

How the Department of Space is leading India’s covid fight

  • Department of Space is providing COVID related support, mainly liquid oxygen to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh
  • 9.5 tonnes of oxygen being given to TN & Kerala per day

Unified Action

  • PM NarendraModi lauds the Armed Forces for their services being rendered during the pandemic
  • He said, Jal, Thal and Nabh, Indian Armed Forces have left no stone unturned in strengthening the fight against

How covid numbers add up in states

  • Goa reports 3,869 new cases and 58 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 29,752 and case tally at 1,08,267
  • Andhra Pradesh reports 21,954 new cases, 10,141 recoveries and 72 deaths in the last 24 hours.
  • Rajasthan reports 17,532 new cases, 16,044 recoveries and 161 deaths in the last 24 hours
  • Madhya Pradesh reports 12,421 new #COVID19 cases, 12,965 recoveries and 86 deaths in the last 24 hours

Delhi govt’s tough stance

  • Delhi govt caps the maximum prices that private ambulance services can charge to prevent them from charging illegitimately
  • Strict action to be taken against those who violate the order

Centre moves SC against Karnataka HC order asking enhancement of liquid medical oxygen for state

A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the state is being supplied 965 MT LMO presently and the order needed to be stayed urgently

Coronavirus Tally

  • Uttar Pradesh records 26,780 new cases
  • 353 fatalities in the last 24 hours

Sputnik Light key Facts

Russia authorises single-dose Sputnik Light COVID vaccine for use

  • One of its main potential uses is as a vaccine that can be shipped to a country in the grip of an acute outbreak which needs to be subdued quickly
  • The single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine demonstrated 79.4% efficacy according to analysed data taken from 28 days after the injection was administered as part of Russia’s mass vaccination programme

Chennai-based NGO to set up 10K oxygen concentrators to serve COVID patients

Bharthiya Jain Sanghatana,a 35-year-old organisation, has been working on this project for a long time,the NGO’s national executive council member Narendar Srisrimal told PTI.

Current surge of virus may see a decline in middle to end of May: Gagandeep Kang

Ministry of Civil Aviation issues guidelines for fast & efficient vaccination of the civil aviation community

Punjab government has appointed two nodal officers to facilitate the individuals/organizations in getting tax exemption on any COVID relief to be imported into the state from abroad: Information and Public Relations Department Punjab

HC says it shall be the obligation of the State to provide bed with ventilator facility

  • HC says at the same time, there are thousands of others who are infected & have an equal claim but these people may not have the resources to approach Court
  • “Merely because we have passed this order, it does not give any preferential right to the petitioner,” the Delhi High Court says.

Reports ANI

Delhi HC says the obligation of the State to provide sufficient infrastructure to save lives of people can’t be understated and even the most economically advanced nation have found their infrastructure to be lacking to deal with a massive surge of cases

“The existing medical infrastructure in the State is being completely exposed when it is put to test. This court cannot turn away the petitioner by merely telling him that the state doesn’t have the infrastructure, ” HC says

Himachal SOP for 10-day lockdown

  • In view of Corona curfew from midnight of May 6, shopkeepers found without masks & gloves to be fined Rs 500. FIR will be lodged against families hiding their disease (COVID).Wearing masks at public places in village is mandatory: Secy, Gram Panchayat, Solang
  • People coming from outside to mandatorily undergo 7-day quarantine. COVID patients’ families to also undergo 14-day home quarantine

If we get an adequate supply of oxygen – 700 tons – we will be able to set up 9000-9500 beds in Delhi. We will be able to create oxygen beds. I assure you that we will not let anyone die to a shortage of oxygen in Delhi

– CM Arvind Kejriwal

Due to the oxygen crisis, hospitals had to reduce their bed capacity…I request all hospitals to now reinstate their bed capacity. I hope we will receive 700 tons of oxygen every day

– Arvind Kejriwal

For the first time, Centre supplied 730 tons oxygen to Delhi y’day. Delhi requires 700 tons. We’re thankful to Centre, Delhi HC & SC. With their efforts, we received 730 tons of oxygen. I request everyone with folded hands to not bring down the supply, we’ll be thankful

– Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Around 31% of eligible people over 45 years given at least one dose of vaccine, nearly 17.7 cr vaccines supplied to states: Statement

Goa | DDSY approved rates for Covid treatment

Under DDSY approved rates, general ward with COVID charge at Rs 8000 per day, ICU with ventilator occupancy at Rs 19,200 per day. Rates applicable for maximum of 10 days from date of admission. Per day charges to be calculated on the basis of 24 hours from date of admission

PM spoke about the need to sensitise states that the speed of vaccination doesn’t come down. Citizens should be facilitated for vaccination despite lockdowns and healthcare workers involved in vaccination must not be diverted for other duties: PMO

Former Rajasthan leg-spinner Vivek Yadav succumbs to COVID-19

PM Modi reviews public health response to Covid-19

PM today undertook a comprehensive review of the COVID19 situation in the country. He was given a detailed picture of COVID outbreak in various states. He was informed about the 12 states with over 1 lakh active cases. PM was apprised about districts with high disease burden: PMO

Include journalists in ‘COVID warriors’ category: Press Council to Centre, States

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM Modi

Delhi records 335 deaths and 19,133 new infections in last 24 hours

The WTO waiver battle over COVID-19 jab IP rights

  • Sudden US backing for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines offers hope to poor nations struggling for doses — but the big pharma industry thinks the notion misguided.
  • Some countries see the temporary intellectual property rights waiver as a shortcut to ending the coronavirus pandemic.
  • But the pharmaceutical industry thinks an IP waiver will not help produce a single dose more this year, and could actually hamper the rush for vaccines by diverting scarce resources to newcomers.
  • The IP plan was filed at the WTO by India and South Africa on October 2 last year and garnered support from a host of developing countries which — correctly — anticipated being left behind in the vaccination race.

Thailand assures its foreign residents that they can get COVID-19 vaccinations, countering comments by some officials suggesting they would be at the end of the line for inoculations.

Delhi sees over 1,349 percent jump in COVID-19 containment zones in past one month

  • The national capital has witnessed a staggering 1,349 per cent jump in the number of its COVID-19 containment zones in the past one month, with South Delhi accounting for the maximum 21,172 such zones out of the total 47,704, according to official figures.
  • Northeast Delhi has 600 containment zones closely followed by East Delhi (504) which has the lowest number of such zones.
  • Delhi had 3,291 containment zones on April 6.

Chhattisgarh government suspends third phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive

  • Chhattisgarh government has suspended the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive for people aged 18 to 44, after the high court’s order to modify the plan that prioritised inoculation of the economically weaker sections of society.
  • The state government has constituted a committee headed by the state’s chief secretary to finalise a fresh plan to distribute vaccines in the third phase in an equitable manner.

Honda Cars advances maintenance shutdown of manufacturing plant amid COVID surge

“In view of the current severe situation from the second wave of COVID-19, the company has informed its associates and suppliers that the company is making calendar adjustments along with its maintenance block closure at its manufacturing plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan,” a Honda Cars India spokesperson told PTI.

Tamil Nadu | Madurai bench of Madras High Court today summons State on O2 requirement

Madurai bench of Madras High Court today summoned State on O2 requirement, no. of oxygen production units & defunct O2 plants; seeks reply from both the Centre & State on operationalising HLL plant & 140MT oxygen production plant inside Trichy BHEL manufacturing unit

Cricket Australia confirms that its players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been safely transported from India and are en route to the Maldives after the suspension of IPL 2021

JK: 250-bed dedicated COVID19 care centre at Budgam

JSPL ramps up daily oxygen supply limit to 120 tonne/day

Till date, the company has supplied over 1,000 tonne of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to various health centres in nine states of India, a company spokesperson said.

We were managing with 205 COVID beds but now we’ve increased 200 oxygen beds more in the hospital. We also have 24 ICU beds for COVID patients. We’ll also convert 22 oxygen beds into ICUs: Dr. Rana AK Singh, Director & Medical Superintendent of Delhi’s RML Hospital

COVID support from Odisha CM’s Relief Fund

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sanctioned additional fund of Rs 2 crores for Puri, Rs 1 crore for Subarnapur, and Rs 4.62 crores for Sambalpur for COVID management from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund: Chief Minister’s Office, Odisha

Kerala High Court directs the Kerala government that there should be uniform rate for COVID19 treatment across hospitals in the state

If you (Centre) make an error in policy framing, then, you will be held responsible and accountable for it

– Justice Chandrachud to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta

The current death rate is lower than last year: Mumbai Mayor

The current death rate is lower than last year. We’ve created a war room to monitor the COVID situation in the city. We’re informing people about the availability of hospital beds through the war room: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar

At present health professionals are in complete fatigue, how you will ensure better health care facilities? Observes Justice Chandrachud

What will happen between today & Monday? You (Centre) must augment supply, he asks. You must give 700 MT oxygen to Delhi, says Justice Chandrachud
(SC hearing the matter regarding the supply of Oxygen by the Centre to various hospitals in Delhi)

Delhi HC begins hearing petitions relating to various issues including oxygen supply

  • Delhi HC seeks to know about the portal for Remdesivir. Prof Sanjay Dhir tells HC that NIC is waiting for instructions from the Health Ministry on the issue relating to the information of what all drugs have to be added to the portal
  • Delhi High Court says information on Tocilizumab medicine should be made available on the portal with transparency

Leaves of all officers and employees have been suspended: Bihar Police

In view of the COVID crisis, leaves of all officers and employees have been suspended. Leaves to be granted in special circumstances on a case-to-case basis: Headquarters, Bihar Police

SC begins hearing the matter regarding the supply of Oxygen by the Centre to various hospitals in Delhi

  • A significant stock of Oxygen is there in Delhi hospitals at present, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta tells the Supreme Court.
  • States like Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are also demanding more oxygen to cater to their hospital demands, says SG.
  • The Centre submits its detailed plan to the Supreme Court on procurement and supply of Oxygen to various the States.
  • You (Centre) need to look at the issue of oxygen supply on a pan-India basis. There is a need to look at oxygen audit and also reassess the basis for oxygen reallocation, says Justice Chandrachud

Lockdown in Kerala from May 8-16

Lockdown to be imposed in the state from 6 am on May 8 to May 16, in wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the second wave: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Oxygen generation plants are being installed in various districts to make the State self-reliant in oxygen production. Within one month’s time, many districts will get the oxygen plants

– Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra