Main developments of Covid-19: Total closure in West Bengal; PM Modi, Minister of Health hold meetings | India News
As India’s healthcare infrastructure falters under the second wave of Covid-19, several states have imposed lockdowns to stop the spread. Here are the main developments:
Recoveries Outnumber New Covid Cases; active cases for 31,091
For the fourth time in the past five days, India’s daily Covid-19 recoveries outnumbered new cases, bringing total recoveries to 2,04,32,898, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. The number of people who recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours was 3,53,299, while the number of new cases registered in the same period was 3,26,098, according to data from the ministry updated at 8 am. The national recovery rate is 83.83 percent, he said.
For the fourth time in the past five days, India’s daily Covid-19 recoveries outnumbered new cases, bringing total recoveries to 2,04,32,898, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. The number of people who recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours was 3,53,299, while the number of new
West Bengal government announces complete blockade until May 30
West Bengal’s chief secretary announces additional restrictions in view of the increase in Covid cases in the state from Saturday to May 30. Some of the highlights of the restrictions announced so far are:
- All private offices, schools and universities will remain closed.
- The bazaars, markets, vegetable, fruit, milk and bread stores are only open from 7 to 10 in the morning.
- The candy stores will be open between 10 am and 5 pm.
- Local trains, subway services, interstate bus and train services, and inland waterways will be closed.
- All political, cultural and religious assemblies are prohibited.
- All industries except essential commodities and Covid-related products will be restricted.
- Truck movement of goods within the state is restricted, except for essential supplies.
- Private cars, taxis, movement of cars will be restricted unless traveling to and from hospitals, diagnostic centers, etc.
- The banks will be operational from 10 am to 2 pm.
- Marriage functions with only 50 people are allowed.
- The funeral will be allowed with a maximum of 20 people.
- Tea gardens have been kept out of the reach of restrictions, but with only 50 percent of the workforce.
- All outdoor activities between 9 pm and 5 am, including movement of the public, will be prohibited apart from essential services.
- If these guidelines are not followed, there will be cases of the Disaster Management Act.
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P.M Modi check the situation of Covid, vaccination campaign
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the Covid-19 situation and the ongoing vaccination campaign on Saturday. Government sources said the meeting was attended by senior officials from different ministries. Modi has been holding regular review meetings on the status of the pandemic and taking action as he spearheads the campaign to curb the second wave of rising infections.
Harsh Vardhan to hold a video meeting with 4 CM on Covid
The Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will meet with the Health Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat on the Covid-19 situation and the progress in the vaccination campaign in these states around the 3pm on Saturday.
Today at 3:00 p.m. M., I will celebrate a CV with the health ministers of #UttarPradesh, #AndhraPradesh, #MadhyaPradesh and… https://t.co/APsj2ZBG2w
– Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) 1621054574000
Uttar Pradesh is at the top with 13,85,855 Covid cases reported so far in the state, followed by Andhra Pradesh (11,75,843), Gujarat (6,09,031) and Madhya Pradesh (6,05,423).
The Minister of Health will hold the meeting hours after attending a high-level virtual meeting on the situation of Covid-19 in the country chaired by Prime Minister Modi.
Corona’s impact is waning in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal
The national capital reported a significant drop in Covid-19 cases with only 6,500 new cases in the past 24 hours, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reported on Saturday.
While addressing a press conference here, he said that Delhi’s positivity rate had also dropped to 11 percent. “Corona’s impact is diminishing in Delhi. 1,000 ICU beds have been installed in 15 days, our doctors and engineers have set an example. I thank them,” he said.
In the last week, new cases in Delhi stayed below the 20,000 mark and CM Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi’s positivity rate had also dropped to 11 percent.
Cases in Delhi have been steadily declining over the past week. The ongoing wave peaked on April 21 last month, when we reported nearly 28,395 new cases in 24 hours.
In the last week, new cases have remained below the 20,000 mark. Delhi has been under lockdown since April 19 due to the increase in Covid-19 infections. The blockade has been extended until May 17.
Haryana declares black fungus as a notified disease
Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, has been declared as a reported disease in Haryana. Doctors will now inform district CMOs when a case of black fungus is detected. Senior doctors from the Rohtak Postgraduate Institute will hold a video conference with all doctors who have been handling corona cases and discuss their treatment, Haryana Interior Minister Anil Vij said.
India still very worrying: WHO
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), told a news conference that India remains very worrying, and that several states continue to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic will be much more deadly than the first.
Tedros said the WHO is responding and has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field hospital tents, masks and other medical supplies. “And we thank all the stakeholders who support India,” he said.
However, not only India has emergency needs, he said. Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are just a few of the countries that are dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations.
(With inputs from agencies)