Coronavirus India April 26 Highlights: Situation in India beyond heartbreaking, says WHO boss

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India April 26 Highlights: In a bid to make oxygen available for Covid-19 patients, the Centre has not only asked manufacturing units to maximise their production but also barred the use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purposes.

Coronavirus Cases in India Live, Covid-19 Vaccination Live TrackersIn a bid to make oxygen available for Covid-19 patients, the Centre has barred the use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purposes. (Representational Image: PTI)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases and Death Toll in India April 26 Highlights: India is witnessing an acute shortage of oxygen with the country reporting more than 3 lakh Covid-19 cases daily for the last few days. Several countries have assured support to India to help save lives amid a devastating surge in coronavirus infections. In a move that can offer some immediate relief, the United States has dispatched over five tonnes of oxygen concentrators.

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US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have also assured immediate supply of necessary medical life-saving equipment. “Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need,” Biden said in a tweet.

In a bid to make oxygen available for Covid-19 patients, the Centre has not only asked manufacturing units to maximise their production but also barred the use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purposes. It is already running special trains to supply oxygen to worst-hit states.

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Meanwhile, experts believe that hoarding of remdesivir injection and oxygen is creating panic and their shortage in the market.

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    Key Oxygen update from Odisha

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    21:58 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Liquor shops to remain closed with immediate effect, announces Puducherry govt

    All categories of liquor shops to remain closed with immediate effect up to midnight of 30th April: Government of Puducherry

    21:56 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    WHO boss on India's second Covid wave

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    21:23 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Karnataka Government releases Covid curfew details

    Schools, colleges, educational institutions, all cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes, theatres, hotels, restaurants, bars to remain closed during 'COVID curfew' from 9pm tomorrow for the next 14 days. Metro rail services to also remain closed: Karnataka Government

    21:10 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    FIR over 'stopping oxygen tankers' posts

    FIR registered in Crime Branch against those spreading misinformation on social media, levelling allegations against Delhi Police of “stopping oxygen tankers”, “preventing people from sharing/amplifying covid resource information: Delhi Police

    20:46 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    IAF airlifts six empty cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai

    Today, IAF airlifted six empty cryogenic oxygen containers from Dubai and positioned them at Panagarh, West Bengal for refilling. 2 containers were airlifted from Jaipur to Jamnagar for the same: Indian Air Force 

    20:46 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Gujarat reports 14,340 new COVID19 cases, 158 deaths

    14,340 new COVID19 cases, 158 deaths and 7,727 recoveries reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours; total cases 5,10,373, active cases 1,21,461 - ANI

    20:32 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Corona curfew working for Maharashtra? New numbers say so

    Maharashtra reports 48,700 new COVID-19 cases, 71,736 discharges and 524 deaths in the last 24 hours Total cases: 43,43,727 Active cases: 6,74,770 Total discharges: 36,01,796 Death toll: 65,284 - ANI

    20:31 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Uttarakhand to vaccinate those between 18-44 years of age for free

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    20:07 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Punjab government imposes daily lockdown from 6pm to 5am

    Punjab government imposes daily lockdown from 6pm to 5am till further notice; weekend lockdown from Friday 6pm to Monday 5am

    20:04 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Haryana Minister Anil Vij tweets on Oxygen cylinders

    "All factory owners in Haryana have been directed to deposit all cylinders they have with respective Deputy Commissioners as there is a great shortage of cylinders in hospitals," tweets Haryana Minister Anil Vij 

    20:02 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Some relief from Mumbai! Maharashtra capital reports 3,876 new COVID19 cases

    Mumbai reports 3,876 new COVID19 cases, 70 deaths and 9,150 recoveries; the total number of cases at 6,31,527 - ANI

    19:04 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Consider complete lockdown for two days from May 1: HC

    The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry governments to consider declaring complete lockdown for two days on May 1 and May 2, when counting of votes polled in the April 6 Assembly elections will be taken up. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave the suggestion while passing further interim orders on an issue relating to alleged shortage of Remdesivir drug, ventilators and beds and diversion of oxygen cylinders to other states. Based on newspaper reports, the judges took up the issue by themselves. PTI

    18:33 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    All hospitals have adequate beds, facilities to treat COVID- 19 stricken patients: Pondy LT Guv

    Hospitals in the Union Territory of Puducherry are fully equipped to treat pandemic stricken patients and government was bearing the expenditure for their treatment in private hospitals,Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Monday. Talking to reporters after receiving a paracycling team rpt team from Chennai which had arrived here to spread Covid vaccination awarenes,the Lt Governor said hospitals, including government institutions, are fully equipped with beds, oxygen beds, medicines and other requirements. There are however statements from a section of people alleging there was shortage of beds and other amenities in the government hospitals, she said. "I appeal to these people to refrain from making such incorrect statements as the government is keen to tackle the pandemic situation through coordinated efforts," the Lt Governor said. PTI

    18:02 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Goa: CM, health minister differ over need for lockdown

    Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday said the state needed a lockdown to contain the rise in COVID-19 deaths, the statement coming after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had said a couple of days ago that such a measure was not required as it would adversely affect the economy. Goa has been seeing around 2,000 cases getting added to its COVID-19 tally daily, with Monday seeing 38 deaths. "In view of the surge in deaths due to COVID-19, we shall be holding an emergency meeting with the chief minister to deliberate on what stringent measures can be put in place," Rane said in a statement issued here during the day. PTI

    17:16 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    51 new cases take COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 5,665

    Months after keeping the COVID-19 outbreak in check, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have started experiencing the second wave of coronavirus infections with 51 more people testing positive for the disease, which took the tally in the Union Territory to 5,665, an official said Monday. PTI

    17:07 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Wear mask even within family, suggests Dr VK Paul

    In this COVID19 situation, please don't go out unnecessarily, and even within the family wear a mask. It is very important to wear a mask. Do not invite people into your home, said Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

    We cannot let the pace of COVID19 vaccination decline in the face of the emerging situation. In fact, vaccination should be escalated, said Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

    Questions are being asked whether vaccine can be taken by women during menstruation. The answer is yes, the vaccine can be taken during periods. This is no reason to postpone vaccination, he said. ANI

    16:56 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Cummins donates USD 50,000 to India's fight against COVID-19 pandemic

    Kolkata Knight Riders' Australian pacer Pat Cummins on Monday announced a USD 50,000 donation towards PM CARES Fund for oxygen supplies in India's COVID-19 ravaged hospitals and backed the IPL to continue, saying he has been "advised" that the Indian government views it "as few hours of joy" in a difficult time. In a statement on his official Twitter handle, he made the announcement and urged other top players to do the same as the country battles a deadly second wave of the pandemic recording more than 2,000 daily deaths for the past few days. PTI

    16:54 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus patient jumps to death from hospital building in Telangana

    A 45-year old coronavirus patient allegedlyended his life by jumping from the building of a state-run hospital in Nizamabad district in the early hours of Monday, police said. The man, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment at the hospital jumped from the fifth floor of the hospital building at around 3 AM reportedly due to fear and died on the spot, a police official said, based on preliminary investigation. 

    16:04 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Armed forces recall retired medical staff to work to battle COVID-19 pandemic

    All medical personnel of the armed forces who have retired or have taken pre-mature retirement in the last two years are being recalled to work in COVID-19 facilities within proximity of their present place of residence, the government said on Monday. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat told Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this decision as they reviewed preparations and operations being undertaken by the armed forces to deal with the second wave of the pandemic raging across the country. Other medical officers who retired from the armed forces earlier than two years have also been requested to make their services available for consultation through medical emergency helplines, a statement said. PTI

    15:40 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Karnataka govt announces state wide "close down" for 14 days from Tuesday night

    Aimed at controlling the COVID-19 spike, the Karnataka government on Monday announced "close down" across the state for 14 days from Tuesday night. The state cabinet also decided to provide COVID-19 vaccinations free of cost at government hospitals for those between 18-45 years of age. "Strict measures to control COVID will be taken. From tomorrow night till next 14 days there will be a close down for the whole state," Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said. Speaking to reporters after a three hour long cabinet meeting here, he said shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to remain open only from 6 am to 10 am. "The Agriculture sector, manufacturing sector except garments, construction sector and medical and essential sectors will continue to operate," he said adding that Deputy Commissioners of all districts and Tahsildars have been instructed to take strict measures. PTI

    14:36 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    14-day COVID curfew in Karnataka

    COVID curfew to be implemented in the state from tomorrow 9 pm for the next 14 days. Essential services allowed b/w 6-10 am. After 10 am shops will close. Only construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors allowed. Public transport to remain shut, says Karnataka CM. ANI

    14:25 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Udupi's first oxygen refilling plant comes up at Belapu

    The first oxygen refilling plant in Udupi district has been set up at Belapu, which will supply industrial and medical oxygen cylinders to hospitals and industrial units. Manipal-based S N Cryogenics has started the plant within the premises of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board. The plant will be able to supply oxygen cylinders within two days if liquid oxygen reaches the plant as per current plans, the unit head Nataraj said. At present, hospitals in Udupi district, as well as industries, are dependent on three oxygen units functioning at Baikampady and Karnad in Mangaluru. Once the Belapu unit starts functioning, dependency on other districts will come down. The refilling plant will get liquid oxygen from Bengaluru and Torangal near Ballari. PTI

    14:25 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Udupi's first oxygen refilling plant comes up at Belapu

    The first oxygen refilling plant in Udupi district has been set up at Belapu, which will supply industrial and medical oxygen cylinders to hospitals and industrial units. Manipal-based S N Cryogenics has started the plant within the premises of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board. The plant will be able to supply oxygen cylinders within two days if liquid oxygen reaches the plant as per current plans, the unit head Nataraj said. At present, hospitals in Udupi district, as well as industries, are dependent on three oxygen units functioning at Baikampady and Karnad in Mangaluru. Once the Belapu unit starts functioning, dependency on other districts will come down. The refilling plant will get liquid oxygen from Bengaluru and Torangal near Ballari. PTI

    14:15 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: Gujarat doctors under govt bond asked to join duty

    All MBBS graduates under government bond in Gujarat have been asked to immediately join duty in the wake of a shortage of doctors at COVID-19 hospitals in the state. The state government will initiate action under the Epidemic Diseases Act against the doctors who fail to join the "compulsory COVID-19 duty immediately", said a notification issued on Monday by state health commissioner Jai Prakash Shivahare. As per the notification, the number of beds in government hospitals has been considerably increased to cope up with the high influx of COVID-19 patients. (PTI)

    14:07 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: Tamil Nadu to allow Sterlite to produce oxygen, bar on operating other units

    An all-party meeting convened by the Tamil Nadu government on Monday resolved to allow Vedanta's Sterlite Industries in Tuticorin to produce oxygen for a four-month period amid surging covid cases, paving the way for the partial reopening of the copper smelter closed in 2018 over pollution concerns. The unit was sealed by the state government in May 2018, days after 13 agitators were killed in police firing during a violent anti-Sterlite protest in the southern district. (PTI)

    14:02 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: Odisha reports 6,599 fresh COVID cases, nine more fatalities

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 4,14,056 on Monday as 6,599 more people tested positive for the infection, while nine fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 1,997, a health department official said. Of the fresh cases, 3,827 were reported from quarantine centres and 2,772 detected during contact tracing. Khurda district, which comprises the state capital Bhubaneswar, recorded the highest number of new cases at 958, followed by Nuapada at 551 and Kalahandi at 518. The remaining fresh infections were registered in several other districts. (PTI) 

    13:53 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: Ganga Ram Hospital waiting for 3 days to refill oxygen cylinders used while transporting patients

    Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi has been waiting for three days to refill its oxygen cylinders, which are used while transporting critically ill COVID patients, and is currently on beg and borrow mode, sources said on Monday. They said the hospital has, however, received 10 tonnes of liquid oxygen around 11.40 am. In the morning, the hospital said it has 4,000 cubic metres of oxygen left which would last for eight hours. The hospital has 104 oxygen cylinders which are used while moving extremely sick COVID patients in case of emergency which is happening quite frequently now, an official said. "All the cylinders were sent three days ago to different locations for emergency refill. For the last three days our staff is camping there but to no avail," he said. The official added the elite hospital is on "beg and borrow" mode. (PTI)

    13:44 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Australia to send oxygen, ventilators, PPE to India as part of immediate support package

    Australia will send oxygen, ventilators and personal protective equipment to India as part of an immediate support package to the country which is battling with the latest surge of the COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday. The federal government was in the process of considering what it could send to help, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation news channel quoted Hunt as saying. "India is literally gasping for oxygen," the federal health minister said. (PTI)

    13:36 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: Four COVID-19 patients die at Vedanta hospital in Thane

    Four COVID-19 patients died at Vedanta hospital in Thane early morning today. An investigation has been initiated to ascertain the cause of their death: Thane Municipal Corporation. (ANI)

    13:35 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    19 private hospitals add 292 more COVID-19 beds in Ahmedabad

    Nineteen more private medical facilities in Ahmedabad have come forward to serve as dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and care centres, adding 292 beds for patients in the city, officials said on Monday. With this, there are now 167 private facilities requisitioned by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for treating COVID-19 patients, as per the update made available by an association of city-based hospitals and nursing homes. The Gujarat government has exempted private clinics, nursing homes, and multi-speciality hospitals from seeking permission to convert to dedicated COVID-19 facilities. They are only required to inform the authorities about it, according to the Ahmedabad Municipal corporation (AMC). (PTI)

    13:26 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: ITBP issues helpline numbers for admission-related queries

    ITBP issues helpline numbers for admission-related queries at Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre, Radha Soami Beas, Chhatarpur, Delhi - 011- 26655547, 011- 26655548, 011- 26655549, 011- 26655949, 011- 26655969. The Centre began operations today. (ANI)

    13:16 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Britain extends COVID-19 vaccination drive to over-44s

    Everyone aged 44 and above in Britain will now be able to book their COVID-19 jab starting on Monday as the UK's National Health Service (NHS) vaccine programme expands further to more younger age groups. Around half a million 44-year-olds will receive a text message inviting them to get their jab through the National Booking Service, with England's top doctor urging people to come forward for their jab when they are invited. The move to the next age cohort in the vaccination programme comes alongside the latest NHS figures showing that more than two-thirds of people aged 45 to 49 have now been vaccinated as the programme moves through age and risk-based cohorts. (PTI)

    13:08 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    China's state-run airline suspends cargo flights rushing COVID-19 medical supplies to India

    China's state-run Sichuan Airlines has suspended all its cargo flights to India for 15 days, causing major disruption to private traders' efforts to procure the much-needed oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies from China despite Beijing offering "support and assistance" to the country to deal with the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. In a letter to the sales agents on Monday, the Sichuan Chuanhang Logistics Co. Ltd, the company which is part of the Sichuan Airlines said the airline has suspended its cargo flights on six routes, including Xian to Delhi, amid hectic efforts by private traders from both sides to procure oxygen concentrators from China. (PTI)

    13:00 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: 318 Oxygen Concentrators arrive at Delhi airport from United States

    The Air India flight was loaded with 318 Oxygen Concentrators at JFK Airport on 25th April and it reached Delhi today. (ANI)

    13:00 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: 318 Oxygen Concentrators arrive at Delhi airport from United States

    The Air India flight was loaded with 318 Oxygen Concentrators at JFK Airport on 25th April and it reached Delhi today. (ANI)

    12:54 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: 'Oxygen Express' with 3 tankers arrives in Maharashtra

    A train carrying three tankers loaded with liquid medical oxygen arrived at Kalamboli near Mumbai from Jamnagar in Gujarat on Monday, railway officials said. The train, carrying about 44 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen, nearly 15 tonnes in each tanker, reached Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai at around 11.30 am, covering a distance of about 860 km in over 17 hours, they said. This is the second 'Oxygen Express' to arrive in Maharashtra, which is facing shortage of the liquid medical oxygen due to a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases. (PTI)

    12:46 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Bangkok venues close as surge fills hospitals

    Cinemas, parks and gyms were among venues closed in Bangkok on Monday as Thailand sees its worst surge of the coronavirus pandemic. A shortage of hospital beds, along with a failure to secure adequate coronavirus vaccine supplies, have pushed the government into imposing the new restrictions, though no nationwide lockdowns, curfews, or travel bans. Health care workers say the measures are not enough to relieve overburdened hospitals. Thai health authorities on Monday announced 2,048 new cases and eight deaths, bringing the totals to 57,508 cases and 148 deaths. The Thai capital has seen a rapid rise in infections since early April. (AP)

    12:46 (IST)26 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live News: Decide on representation for hospitals to display beds, oxygen availability: HC to AAP govt

    The Delhi High Court Monday directed the AAP government to decide "as early as possible and practicable" a representation seeking a direction to all hospitals here to prominently display on digital boards the number of beds, oxygen cylinders and ventilators available with them on a real time basis. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh directed the Delhi government to decide the representation, by a nursing officer, in accordance with the law, rules, regulations and government policy applicable to the facts of the case and keeping in mind earlier directions passed by government on the issue in June 2020. The court said, "The decision be taken as early as possible and practicable." With the observation, the bench disposed of the plea by nursing officer Sinu John who has alleged in her plea that there have been instances of denial of beds by hospitals to patients who were in a critical state and needed immediate medical attention. (PTI)

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