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Oxygen Expresses deliver nearly 12630 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen across nation

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Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered nearly 12630 MT of LMO in more than 775 tankers to various states across the country.

It may be noted that around 200 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States.

Till the time of this release, 10 loaded Oxygen Expresses on run with more than 784 MT of LMO in 45 tankers.

Oxygen Expresses have been delivering more than 800 MT of LMO to the Nation each day now.

It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states.

Oxygen relief by Oxygen Expresses reached out to 13 states namely Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi & Uttar Pradesh.

Till the time of this release, So far 521 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3189 MT in UP, 521 MT in MP, 1549 MT in Haryana, 772 MT in Telangana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 641 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 584 MT in Tamil Nadu, 292 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 111 MT in Punjab, 118 MT in Kerala and more than 3915 MT in Delhi.

Crisscrossing the country, Indian Railways is picking up oxygen from places like Hapa & Mundra in the West and Rourkela, Durgapur, Tatanagar, Angul in the East and then delivering it to States of Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi & Uttar Pradesh in complex operational route planning scenarios.

In order to ensure that Oxygen relief reaches in the fastest time possible, Railways is creating new standards and unprecedented benchmarks in running of Oxygen Express Freight Trains. The average speed of these critical Freight trains is way above 55 in most cases over long distances. Running on high priority Green Corridor, with a highest sense of urgency, operational teams of various zones are working round the clock in most challenging circumstances to ensure that Oxygen reaches in fastest possible time frame. Technical Stoppages have been reduced to 1 minute for crew changes over different sections.

Tracks are kept open and high alertness is maintained to ensure that Oxygen Express keeps zipping through.

All this is done in a manner that speed of other Freight Operation doesn’t get reduced as well.

Running of new Oxygen is a very dynamic exercise and figures keep getting updated all the time. More loaded Oxygen Expresses are expected to start their journeys later in the night.

Railways has mapped different routes with Oxygen supply locations and keeps itself ready with any emerging need of the States. States provide tankers to the Indian Railways for bringing LMO.

source: The Statesman

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Delhi Eases Lockdown Curbs: What’s Allowed, What’s Not?

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Delhi is slated to further ease lockdown restriction from 5 am of Monday, 14 June. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the same on Sunday, 13 June, as per ANI, saying:

“After 5 am tomorrow (Monday), all activities will be allowed except some that will be prohibited and some that will be done in a restricted manner. A detailed order will be issued.”

Will offices be allowed to open?

  • Private offices will run on 50% capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • In government offices, there will be 100% attendance of group A officers and 50% for the rest.

Will public transport be functional?

  • Delhi Metro will be operational at 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Intra-state buses will move with up to 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Autos, e-rickshaws, grameen sewa, taxis, and cabs can carry up to two passengers at once.

Is inter-state movement allowed?

There are no restrictions on inter-state movement of persons and goods, including those for cross-land border trade under treaties with neighboring countries. No separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movements.

Which markets are allowed to open?

  • All market complexes, stand-alone shops and malls will now be allowed to be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • With regard to weekly markets, only one weekly market will be allowed to function each day per zone, and only with 50% of the vendors will be allowed to set up their shops. No weekly market will be allowed to function at roadsides.
  • Salons will also be allowed to resume their services.

Is eating at restaurants permitted?

Restaurants will be open with 50% of their seating capacity. Restaurant owners will be responsible for ensuring that COVID-appropriate behaviour is followed by the personnel at their establishments.

Can marriages take place?

  • Holding marriage ceremonies at public places, including hotels and banquet halls, is prohibited.
  • For marriages organised at homes or the court, a maximum of 20 people can be in attendance.
  • No DJs, catering services, tent services will be allowed to operate for marriages.

What about funerals?

A maximum of 20 people may be in attendance at funerals/last rites related gatherings.

Will schools and colleges reopen?

Schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain shut. Online and distance learning will continue.

What else will remain closed?

  • Swimming pools, stadiums, sports complexes, cinema theaters, multiplexes,
  • spas, gyms, yoga institutes
  • Public parks and gardens
  • Auditoriums, assembly halls, banquet halls
  • Religious places will remain closed to visitors

Further, all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious gatherings are prohibited.

Source : TheQuint

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Delhi Police files FIR against JNU students for breaking into library, manhandling security guards

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Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. (File)


According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

The Delhi Police registered an FIR against a group of JNU students who allegedly broke into the Central Library and manhandled security guards at the premises.

Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. They protested in front of the gate and asked the guard to open the gates of the library but the guards refused to do so. The incident took place on Tuesday morning around 10.40 am.

According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

“Students manhandled security personnel and started hitting the library gate with sticks. The glass section of the gate was damaged… The security personnel resisted the attack and didn’t allow the students to enter from the three entrance gates. They (students) then found a small gate, broke the glass pane, and entered the library. The security personnel removed the students from the library,” reads the FIR.

Police said the students continued protesting and manhandled security personnel. They violated Covid norms by protesting and also damaged library gates.

A case under sections of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, DDMA Act, Epidemic Diseased Act, and IPC was registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj police station.

Students posted on Twitter and other social media about the incident saying the administration shut the library during the pandemic. They demanded, “immediate reopening” of the central library for students.

Source : indianexpress.com

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Antibody cocktail for Covid showing positive response, say Delhi’s private hospitals

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This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose.

Private hospitals in the city which have introduced monoclonal antibody therapy to high-risk patients are reporting positive responses from those who received it.

This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose. It is meant for treatment of mild to moderate cases in high-risk patients at an early stage of Covid. Because of its high price, it is only being administered at a handful of private hospitals, and no government hospitals.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, which had introduced the treatment last week, has reported that two patients who received it showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

Similarly, BLK-Max Super Specialty Hospital has also reported positive results in two patients.

“We are happy to report that we conducted RT-PCR test on two Covid positive patients 8 days after developing symptoms and it turned out to be a definite negative. They were administered antibodies cocktail therapy within three days of getting their Covid positive reports. This is the fastest ever recovery reported in patients here, particularly senior citizens suffering from comorbidities,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, senior director and HoD, Chest & Respiratory Diseases at the hospital.

Source : IndianExpress.com

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