Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Live, Covid-19 Cases in India Live News: India reports over 3 lakh new cases for the second consecutive day; Andhra Pradesh announces night curfew as Covid-19 cases breach 1-million mark; Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray demands additional medical oxygen, adequate vaccine supply and permission to import Remdesivir; UP and Bengal report highest single-day spike; DGCI approves emergency use for Zydus Cadila's Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b ‘Virafin’ drug.
The guidelines issued by the ministry also underlined the importance of physical distancing, indoor use of masks, and strict hand hygiene. (File Photo/PTI)
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases and Death Toll in India Live Updates: Amid the continuous rise in the number of coronavirus cases in India, the Union Health Ministry has issued revised ‘Clinical Guidance for Management of Adult COVID-19 Patients.’ The ministry has recommended emergency use authorization (EUA)/off label use of Tocilizumab drug in case of severe cases of Covid-19. Zydus Cadila’s Virafin has also been granted emergency use authorisation (EUA) for treatment of moderate cases of Covid-19 by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).
The guidelines issued by ICMR-COVID-19 National Task Force, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and the Joint Monitoring Group (DGHS) suggested that the medicine should be preferably used with 24 to 48 hours of the ICU admission or the onset of the disease.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the COVID-19 situation with chief ministers of 11 states and Union Territories which have reported the maximum number of cases recently, Modi called for working together to fight the pandemic with collective power. PM said that Railways and Air Force are being deployed to reduce the transportation time for oxygen tankers and all state government need to work together to meet requirements of life-saving gas and medicines. The prime minister added that the biggest basis of India’s success during the first wave of the pandemic was our united efforts and united strategy and reiterated that we will have to address this challenge in the same way. He also assured the Centre’s full support to all the states and in this fight.
On oxygen supply, during the high-level meeting with CMs, PM Modi took note of the points raised by the states and said there is a continuous effort to increase oxygen supply, according to a statement issued by his office. He urged all states to work together and coordinate with one another to fulfil requirements relating to medicines and oxygen. He also asked the states to check hoarding and black marketing of oxygen and medicines. Modi said every state should ensure that no oxygen tanker, whether it is meant for any state, is stopped or gets stranded.