India’s active caseload passed the 34 lakh-mark on Monday with 3,68,147 fresh infections added in 24 hours, six per cent lower than Sunday’s spike. Over 3,417 Covid-linked deaths have been reported since Sunday, taking total deaths to 2,18,959.
India has been reporting over three lakh infections everyday for more than 10 days now. On Saturday, India posted a grim global record in daily Covid surge with over four lakh infections.
India’s positivity rate, the percentage of people who test positive out of all the tests conducted, stood at 24.46 per cent Monday morning.
The second wave of coronavirus has burdened the healthcare system with most finding it difficult to get beds in hospitals and arrange for oxygen for their patients.
Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Expressing concern over the unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases in India, America’s top public health expert and White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Monday recommended a nationwide lockdown, massive vaccination drive and the construction of a large number of makeshift hospitals. “It is quite obvious to everyone that the situation in India is extremely serious,” Dr Fauci, who is considered one of the world’s top infectious disease specialists, told news agency PTI in an interview.
The fifth in a series of consignments carrying 545 oxygen concentrators arrived from the United States on Tuesday, as part of COVID-19 assistance. “5th in a series of consignments carrying medical equipment arrives from the US. This one carrying 545 oxygen concentrators. Appreciate the support from the US,” Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a tweet.
US Air Force flights that were scheduled to leave for India with essential life-saving supplies have been delayed till Wednesday due to maintenance issues, the Pentagon said on Monday. “We just received word from USTRANSCOM that the flights for India are “delayed until at least Wednesday due to maintenance issues”, a Pentagon spokesperson said.
Mumbai on Monday logged 2,624 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, registering its lowest one-day spike in over 5 weeks. The number of Covid tests also saw a sharp dip – from a daily average of 50,000 to 38,000 on Sunday, according to official data. The city’s death count stands at 13,372 with 78 new deaths being reported in 24 hours. Mumbai’s total number of infections reached 6,58,621 on Monday. Read Here
Pfizer said on Monday it told the Indian government that there was no concern over the safety of its COVID-19 vaccine, as India insists on small local trials for foreign shots despite a record surge in infections and shortage of doses. The government in mid-April made it easier for foreign vaccines approved in the West and Japan to sell in India, though companies would still have to initiate a local clinical trial within 30 days of receiving emergency use authorization. Previously, companies were required to do the trial prior to approval.
Amid the worrying rise of COVID-19 cases, Kerala Police chief Lokanath Behara on Monday directed all district police chiefs and station house officers to strictly enforce the COVID-19 restrictions imposed in the state. The state will observe stringent restrictions starting today in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
Kerala Police chief Lokanath Behara on Monday directed all district police chiefs and station house officers to strictly enforce the COVID-19 restrictions in the state, reported news agency ANI. The state will observe stringent restrictions starting today in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
“Restrictions similar to the weekend lockdown will be in place from tomorrow. Employees of exempt establishments can travel carrying their identity cards. Courier service and home delivery category are also exempted. Concessions have also been granted for activities related to e-commerce,” Mr Behara said Monday.
A woman police officer will be posted in each ward of the panchayat to ensure that those in the quarantine do not leave. Station house officers will facilitate the passage of oxygen-carrying vehicles without any hindrance. The district police chief will appoint a nodal officer in each district to ensure that the movement of oxygen and medicines is not disrupted.
The Pune Police on Monday arrested three doctors for charging a family of a Covid patient Rs 1 lakh for a ventilator bed at a hospital in the city’s Pimpri Chinchwad area, reported news agency ANI.
As per the police, a complaint has been lodged by the Municipal Corporation and a probe is underway.