covid

Shree Somnath Trust donates Rs 50 lakh for setting-up oxygen plant in govt hospital

With the shortage of oxygen emerging as one of the major reasons behind the spiralling death toll due to COVID-19, the Shree Somnath Trust has decided to donate Rs 50 lakh for setting up an oxygen plant at a government health facility in the region. The operationalisation of the plant will be taken care of...

Asaram Bapu tests positive for COVID-19, kept in ICU

Controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu who is lodged in jail in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been awarded life imprisonment after being found guilty in a rape case. Asaram, who had strong political connections and thousands of followers before landing in trouble, has been shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU)...

Rajasthan: 5 Pakistani migrants died due to COVID-19

Five Hindu migrants from Pakistan, who received Indian citizenship recently, succumbed to COVID-19 in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur. They died during the second phase of the pandemic that has taken about 1,400 lives in the state out of the total COVID death toll of 4,866. There are 40,000 migrant Hindus living in various slums and other places...

Nitish Kumar announces lockdown in Bihar until May 15

With the COVID-19 situation in Bihar aggravating with each passing day, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a lockdown in the state until May 15. The decision was taken by Kumar after thorough consultation with officials and ministers. The chief minister took to Twitter to announce the same. He said, “After a meeting with ministers...

12,820 COVID cases, 140 deaths reported in Gujarat in a day

Gujarat has reported 12,820 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours ending 5 pm on Monday. The addition of the fresh cases has taken Gujarat’s total tally past 6.07 lakh. 7,648 COVID-19 related deaths in Gujarat Unfortunately, 140 deaths were reported in the state in the past 24 hours. The fresh fatalities have...

Centre allows deployment of med interns for COVID management, NEET-PG postponed

The Union government has decided to allow the deployment of medical interns in COVID management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the internship rotation. The decision has been taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to combat the growing shortage of human resources. The Prime...

Gujarat government defers retirements in health dept until July 31

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc, the Gujarat government on Friday decided to extend the service tenure of doctors, technical and non-technical staff of the health department who are going to retire during the period between April 30 and June 30. Now, such staff will remain in service till July 31....

Sensex tanks 984 points due to intense sell-off as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

After a four-day winning streak, equity benchmarks—Sensex and Nifty—tanked on Friday as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in India amid a shortage of vaccines. Sensex declined by 984 points or 1.98 per cent to end the day at 48,782.36 due to an intense sell-off in financial stocks. Similarly, Nifty declined by 263.80 points or 1.77...

First batch of medical supplies containing 423 oxygen cylinders arrive from US at Delhi airport

The first batch of life-saving medical supplies arrived in India from the US on Friday. The first shipment containing over 400 oxygen cylinders donated by the state of California, nearly 1 million rapid COVID-19 test kits, pulse oximeters and N95 masks arrived in a Super Galaxy military transporter that landed at Delhi airport. The US...

KKR pacer and Australian cricketer Pat Cummins wins hearts for this gesture

At a time when several Australian cricketers are leaving the Indian Premier League (IPL) midway owing to the massive surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in India, another Australian cricketer Pat Cummins, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders, has won hearts with his gesture. Cummins on Monday in a social media post revealed that...

551 oxygen plants to be installed across India under PM CARES

As part of the Union government’s efforts to increase the availability of medical oxygen in the country, 551 dedicated pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants will be installed inside public health facilities across India. The in-principle approval for the same has been granted from the PM CARES Fund. PM Modi has directed officials...

Doctor, 3 others nabbed from Surat for black-marketing Remdesivir

At a time when the shortage of Remdesivir—an antiviral drug used for the treatment of COVID-19—is creating a lot of difficulties for the health authorities in the state, many are utilising this opportunity to make easy money by selling these injections at an exorbitant rate. Now, the Surat Crime Branch has nabbed a doctor and...