Patients suffering from Covid-19 are treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic outside the Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara on May 02, 2021 in Indirapuram, Uttar Pradesh, India. With cases crossing 400,000 a day and with more than 3500 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 crisis is intensifying and shows no signs of easing pressure on the country. A new wave of the pandemic has totally overwhelmed the country’s healthcare services and has caused crematoriums to operate day and night as the number of victims continues to spiral out of control. (Photo by Rebecca Conway/Getty Images)
The daily Covid-19 cases in India showed a slight dip with3,68,147 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, taking the total tally of cases to 1,99,25,604, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
- The death toll increased to 2,18,959 with 3,417 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
- While the country recorded 4,01,993 new cases on May 1, it had registered 3,92,488 cases on May 2.
PM Modi, European Commission president exchange views on COVID-19 situation
Modi expressed his appreciation of the EU and its member states for mobilising quick support for India’s fight against the pandemic.They noted that the India-EU strategic partnership was witnessing a renewed momentum since the last summit in July, it said, adding that the leaders agreed that the forthcoming India-EU Leaders’ Meeting on May 8 in virtual format was an important opportunity to provide renewed momentum to their already multi-faceted relationship. (PTI)
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Delhi has sought the help of the Army to set up, operationalise and run some Covid-19 health facilities with about 10,000 oxygenated non-ICU beds and 1,000 ICU beds, said reports.In a letter to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Sisodia also requested the defence ministry to make arrangement for the transportation of medical oxygen to the facilities to be set up.
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PIL seeks all Remdesivir makers be allowed to sell in domestic market; HC asks for Centre’s reply
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued notice to the Health Ministry, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, Director General of Foreign Trade and various pharma companies, like Cipla, Zydus and Cadila, seeking their stand on the plea which claims only a handful of such firms are allowed to sell the medicine in the domestic market.The remaining companies were involved in manufacturing the drug for export, petitioner Dincur Bajaj said, adding that since export of Remdesivir has been banned by the Centre, the companies which were producing it for export be permitted to manufacture and sell it in the domestic market. (PTI)
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Dr. Ozlem Tureci, co-founder and CMO of BioNTech, which developed a Covid vaccine with Pfizer, said she also expects people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually, like for the seasonal flu. That’s because, she said, scientists expect vaccine-induced immunity against the virus will decrease over time.
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Supreme Court advises Centre, states to impose lockdownThe Supreme Court of India has advised the central and state governments to consider imposing a lockdown in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has pushed the country’s healthcare infrastructure past its brink.The court said that special arrangements will have to be made for the vulnerable sections if such a decision is taken.”Centre and State may consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare,” the top court said in the suo moto case on India’s COVID-19 crisis.It added, “We are cognizant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalized communities…Arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities.” (NewsBytes)
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India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 1.50 crore on April 19. According to the ICMR, 29,16,47,037 samples have been tested up to May 2 with 15, 04,698 samples being tested on Sunday (News18).
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