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Making efforts to airlift oxygen from Odisha: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi recorded 24,638 fresh COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths due to the viral disease on Wednesday while the positivity rate stood at 31.28 per cent, meaning almost every third sample tested positive.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the city government is making efforts to airlift oxygen from Odisha to enhance quota of medical oxygen amid worsening Covid-19 situation. Addressing the media on the prevailing situation in the national capital, Kejriwal said that the Centre has helped the city government in the last two-three days and assured smooth supply of oxygen. He also thanked the Centre for raising the city’s oxygen quota. 

“Delhi is facing Oxygen crisis for past few days. Centre fixes Oxygen quota for all states. As per Delhi government’s estimate, the city needs 700 tons/day, Centre had fixed it to 378 tons earlier and increased it to 480 tons yesterday. We need more but we’re thankful to them for this,” he said.

Kejriwal said that in Delhi’s increased quota, Oxygen is scheduled to come from Odisha too. “So it will take some time for Oxygen to reach Delhi. We are making an effort to see if we can bring Oxygen from there by air route,” he said.

Centre also allots companies that will supply oxygen to a particular state, he said, adding that Delhi doesn’t produce Oxygen and supply is done by other states.

“Some of the governments in whose states these companies are, had stopped the supply that was to come to Delhi from these companies. Governments said that they will use Oxygen in their states first, use Delhi’s quota too and that they will not let trucks come to Delhi. But I would like to thank Centre and Delhi High Court that they helped us a lot in last 2-3 days. Due to this, Oxygen has started reaching Delhi,” the CM said.

Kejriwal added that the city government has taken several steps to increase the medical infrastructure in the city in the last two days and it will be increased in the coming days.  

Several private and government hospitals in the national capital are running low on medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients. Although the Centre raised the national capital’s oxygen quota from 378 metric tonnes to 480 metric tonnes on Wednesday, several hospitals are struggling to replenish oxygen supply. While some big healthcare facilities received fresh stock overnight, small hospitals have been grappling with a shortage of oxygen supply amid spiralling COVID-19 cases.

According to the Delhi government’s statement, on Monday and Tuesday, around 240 MT and 365 MT of oxygen was supplied to Delhi against the requirement of 700 MT per day. Since Delhi does not have its own source of oxygen, the capital’s supply comes from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The statement added that with the alarming surge in the number of Covid cases in the national capital, if the oxygen quota gets depleted in hospitals, Delhi will stare at a catastrophe.

It added that the Delhi government has repeatedly appealed to the Centre to increase its oxygen quota and has also informed it that the suppliers are facing obstructions from district authorities of neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi recorded 24,638 fresh COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths due to the viral disease on Wednesday while the positivity rate stood at 31.28 per cent, meaning almost every third sample tested positive, amid a growing clamour for oxygen and hospital beds in the city.

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Rajasthan imposes two-week lockdown from today

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The Rajasthan government has imposed a 15-day lockdown that began on Monday and will remain in effect till May 24.

Under the lockdown, marriage ceremonies will remain banned in the state till May 31. Meanwhile, these ceremonies can be performed at home and courts with a limited number of 11 guests.

Marriage gardens, marriage halls, and hotel complexes shall remain closed for wedding ceremonies.

Liquor shops will be open from 6 am to 11 am from Monday to Friday during this lockdown. And Fruit and vegetable carts will be allowed to operate from 6 am to 5 pm.

DJ, procession, party, etc. is not allowed till May 31.

Petrol pumps will remain open, but private vehicles will be able to fill diesel-petrol or gas from 7 am to 12 noon.

Medical stores will remain open all seven days. Dairy and milk shops will be allowed to open from 6 am to 11 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm. Government ration shops will be open without any holidays. Medical stores, medical equipment shops will be open all seven days.

Wholesale and retail shops related to food, grocery items, flour mills, and cattle feed will be open from Monday to Friday from 6 to 11 am. Shops retailing products required by farmers, fertilizers, and agricultural implements will be opened from Monday to Thursday from 6 am to 11 am.

India recorded 3,66,161 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall caseload to 2,26,62,575, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The country’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 37,45,237.

With 3,754 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll is 2,46,116.

In the last 24 hours, 3,53,818 recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1,86,71,222.

(With IANS inputs)

source: The Statesman

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Convent school converts its auditorium into 40-bedded Covid care

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Citing the rising burden of Covid-19 on the crumbling medical infrastructure of the national capital, a convent school based in the South-West district of Delhi has converted its space into a Covid care facility.

The Mount Carmel School in Dwarka has set up a 40 bedded centre equipped with oxygen concentrators, healthcare staff, medicines and other medical facilities at its auditorium which started functioning Monday onwards.

The facility was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today who said that the centre will be linked to a large hospital if the need arises.

“We may be able to link this Covid Care Centre with to one of our big hospitals in the city, based on assessing the needs and requirements of the centre. This Covid Centre started under the aegis of Mount Carmel School Society, is a mark of humanity and generosity. The availability of beds and other facilities give us confidence that we have the recourses to fight this deadly crisis,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Sisodia spoke on the current health crisis of Covid-19  reigning in the capital and said that signals have started to appear that the city is gradually coming out of its worst scenario.

“We see that nations across the world are experiencing one of the worst crisis ever. The period from 22 April to 5 May was the most challenging for Delhi. We received the highest number of cases and the infection rate was staggering in the city. We responded immediately by increasing hospital beds in the city however, scarcity of oxygen has been one of the most challenging problems we have faced.

“The decreasing positivity rate shows that we are slowly coming out of the crisis and all the credit goes to the doctors and the corona warriors for ensuring such a decline,” he added.

source: The Statesman

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Vaccine scarcity derailing our resolve to immunize whole of Delhi in 3 months: Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rued on Saturday that the scarcity of vaccines is derailing the government’s intent to vaccinate Delhiites in three months.

In a disappointing tone, he informed that the national capital is not getting an adequate amount of vaccines.

“The major obstacle we’re facing today is that of vaccine scarcity. If we get adequate doses, then as I have said repeatedly, we will be able to vaccinate the entire Delhi in three months. The people of Delhi want this, the Delhi Government wants this,” Kejriwal said.

Addressing a digital press conference, the CM estimated that according to the population, the city needs around 3 crore vaccine doses to achieve full immunisation.

“Delhi’s population is 2 crores, more or less 1 crore people are in the age group of 18-45, 50 lakh are under 18, and 50 lakh are older than 45; so those above 18 are roughly 1.5 crore. These 1.5 crore people have to be given three crore vaccines, which is our requirement. From these 3 crore vaccines, the Delhi Government as of now has received approximately 40 lakh vaccines. Therefore we need 2 crore 60 lakh additional vaccines. More or less, 80-85 lakh vaccines are needed per month for the next three months,” Kejriwal told the reporters.

Speaking on the arrangements for ongoing vaccination drive against Covid-19 which entered its third phase this month allowing people above 18 years to take the jab, Kejriwal informed that the centres will be increased up to 300 shortly.

“The vaccination drive in Delhi is in full swing. Since the day the vaccination drive began for those below the age of 45, I have witnessed great enthusiasm amongst the youth, many of whom are getting vaccinated. The people are visibly happy with the arrangements made by the government. We have made these arrangements in around 100 schools and are going to increase it to about 250-300 schools,” he said.

source: The Statesman

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