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India logs 1.34 lakh COVID-19 cases, 2887 deaths


India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,84,41,986 with 17,13,413 active cases and 3,37,989 deaths so far.

India on Thursday reported 1,34,154 new COVID-19 cases as  2,887 more patients succumbed to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said.

India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,84,41,986 with 17,13,413 active cases and 3,37,989 deaths so far.

On May 25, India recorded less than 2 lakh cases of COVID-19, the first time since April 14.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of  2,11,499 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 2,63,90,584 being cured of Covid till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of  22,10,43,693 people have been vaccinated so far in the country.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 35,37,82,648 samples have been tested in the country up to June 2 including 21,59,873 samples that were tested yesterday.

Last week, India crossed a grim milestone of three-lakh deaths due to the coronavirus infections, thus becoming world’s third country after the US and Brazil to cross three-lakh deaths.

India registered record deaths due to Covid exactly two week back with 4,529 deaths — the highest number of fatalities from Covid infection in any country since the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China’s Wuhan in December 2019.

It surpassed 4,468 deaths in the US on January 12, and earlier 4,211 in Brazil on April 6. These three are the worst hit by the pandemic.

After battling a brutal second wave for weeks, fresh Covid cases came down below the three lakh mark for the first time on May 17 after touching record high of 4,14,188 on May 7.




Delhi govt to plant 33L saplings of trees and shrubs: Gopal Rai


Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said that around 33 lakh saplings of trees and shrubs will be planted in a bid to combat air pollution and bring down PM10 levels.

To mark World Environment Day, the Delhi government will launch a mega plantation drive to plant 33 lakh saplings in a year.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said that around 33 lakh saplings of trees and shrubs will be planted in a bid to combat air pollution and bring down PM10 levels.

“Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had given a guarantee before elections that they would plant 2 crore saplings in the next five years. Following this, the Delhi government’s target is to plant 33 lakh saplings this year, which is near twice the target set by the Central government. Beginning June 5, in all the nurseries of the Delhi government, citizens will be able to take free saplings of the medicinal plants,” he informed.

Rai said that the city government planted 32 lakh trees in the last year. “It is twice the target set by the Centre. We were told to plant 15 lakh saplings but we achieved more than double of it. This year, the target set by the union government is 18 lakh but we will strive to cross the achievement of the previous year,” Rai added.

The environment minister also said that the UT government’s afforestation drive will significantly expand the city’s green cover.

“In 2017, Delhi’s Green Arena covered 299 km, which increased to 325 km, and we are hopeful that this year’s tree plantation program will further increase this to an area of about 350 km,” he shared with the reporters.




SC acts tough with Centre, asks for data and details of vaccination policy and drug availability for mucormycosis


The Top Court stressed on Centre bringing on record an outline for how and when it seeks to vaccinate the remaining population in Phases 1, 2 and 3.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Government to provide the entire facts and figures related to the percentage of population vaccinated so far, both single and both doses, both in rural and urban areas, along with the documents “reflecting its (government’s) thinking in connection with the vaccination policy” within two weeks.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, “UoI (Union of India) shall also ensure that copies of all the relevant documents and file notings reflecting its thinking and culminating in the vaccination policy are also annexed on the vaccination policy. Hence, we direct the UoI to file its affidavit within 2 weeks.”

The Top Court stressed on Centre bringing on record an outline for how and when it seeks to vaccinate the remaining population in Phases 1, 2 and 3.

The Top Court also sought data on the percentage of the population which has been vaccinated (with one dose and both doses), as against eligible persons in the first three phases of the vaccination drive. The bench emphasised the data should include the percentage of the rural population as well as the percentage of the urban population vaccinated so far.

“The complete data on the Central Government’s purchase history of all the Covid-19 vaccines till date (Covaxin, Covishield and Sputnik V). The data should clarify:

(a) the dates of all procurement orders placed by the Central Government for all 3 vaccines; (b) the quantity of vaccines ordered as on each date; and (c) the projected date of supply,” it said.

In its May 9 affidavit, the Centre had said that every state/UT government will provide vaccination free of cost to its population to which the court noted: “It is important that individual state/UT governments confirm/deny this position before this court.

“Further, if they have decided to vaccinate their population for free, then, as a matter of principle, it is important that this policy is annexed to their affidavit, so that the population within their territories can be assured of their right to be vaccinated for free at a state vaccination centre.”

The top court directed each of the state/UT governments to also file an affidavit within 2 weeks, clarifying their position and put on record their individual policies.

The top court also asked the Centre to submit an update on steps taken to ensure drug availability for mucormycosis.

The order was passed by the top court in the suo motu case initiated by it to deal with issues relating to Covid-19 management in the country. It has posted the matter for further hearing on June 30.

The Supreme Court had, on May 31, shot a volley of tough questions at the Centre in connection with its Covid vaccine policy and flagged various flaws: the shortage of vaccine doses, pricing issues, registration for vaccination, and lack of vaccine, especially for the rural areas in the country.

(With IANS inputs)




India logs lowest Covid cases since April 9 with 1.52 Lakh cases


India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,80,47,534 with 20,26,092 active cases and 3,29,100 deaths so far.

India on Monday reported 1,52,734 new COVID-19 cases as 3,128 more patients succumbed to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said.

India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,80,47,534 with 20,26,092 active cases and 3,29,100 deaths so far.

India reported the lowest daily new cases of 1.52 lakh in 50 days today.

On May 25, India recorded less than 2 lakh cases of COVID-19, first time since April 14.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 2,38,022 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 2,56,92,342 being cured of Covid till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 21,31,54,129 people have been vaccinated so far in the country.

According to the Union Health Ministry, COVID19 recovery rate increases to 91.60%. The weekly positivity rate is currently at 9.04% and daily positivity rate at 9.07%, less than 10% for 7 consecutive days.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 34,48,66,883 samples have been tested up to May 30 for Covid-19. Of these 16,83,135 samples were tested on yesterday.

On Monday, India crossed a grim milestone of three-lakh deaths due to the coronavirus infections, thus becoming world’s third country after the US and Brazil to cross three-lakh deaths.

India registered record deaths due to Covid exactly a week back with 4,529 deaths — the highest number of fatalities from Covid infection in any country since the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China’s Wuhan in December 2019.

It surpassed 4,468 deaths in the US on January 12, and earlier 4,211 in Brazil on April 6. These three are the worst hit by the pandemic.

After battling a brutal second wave for weeks, fresh Covid cases came down below the three lakh mark for the first time on May 17 after touching record high of 4,14,188 on May 7.




Lockdown extended till 17 June as COVID surge goes unabated in Odisha


There will be relaxation of six hours from 6 am till 1 pm in Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundargarh in view of decline in the covid positive cases in these districts.

With no letup in the consistent surge in Covid cases, the Odisha government on Sunday extended the lockdown till 17 June to break the chain of virus infections across the State, said Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra.

The current phase of lockdown enforced from 18 May has been extended to 17 June keeping in view the fact that COVID situation is yet to be brought under control in the State. Earlier the government had clamped the lockdown on 5 May till 19 May.

The restrictions that were clamped in the first two phases of lockdown will remain in force. The weekend shutdown will also be enforced during the extended phase of the lockdown, he said.

There shall be Lockdown throughout the State with effect from 5 am from June 1 (Tuesday) till 5 am of June 17 (Thursday). There shall be complete shutdown on Weekends from 6 pm of Fridays till 5 am of Mondays. The lockdown is primarily aimed at restricting the movement of persons. Movement of goods and goods carriers shall not be affected by the lockdown,” the Special Relief Commissioner’s notification stated.

There will be relaxation of six hours from 6 am till 1 pm in Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundargarh in view of decline in the covid positive cases in these districts.

The State has consistently been logging over 10,000 cases daily in May. The sole comforting development however lies in the fact that the test positivity rate which hovered around 20-24 per cent in the first week of May has currently dipped to 14 percent. However the situation in Khordha, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Boudh, Puri and Jajpur districts continues to be grim reporting above 20% test positivity rate




Israel issues severe travel warning for 10 more nations


The Ministry also suggested Israelis to avoid unnecessary travel abroad.

The Israeli Ministry of Health has issued a severe travel warning for 10 additional countries, citing their high coronavirus morbidity.

The countries are Seychelles, Uruguay, Bolivia, Maldives, Nepal, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Tunisia, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying on Sunday.

Starting from Monday, Israeli citizens and permanent residents will not be allowed to travel to Russia and Argentina over Covid-19 concerns.

The previously announced ban on travel covers Mexico, South Africa, Ethiopia, India, Ukraine, Turkey and Brazil.

Israeli citizens and permanent residents who want to travel to the seven destinations must apply to an exceptions committee.

Meanwhile, all passengers arriving in Israel from these countries must go into quarantine, including those vaccinated and recovered from the virus.

The Ministry also suggested Israelis to avoid unnecessary travel abroad.




Some important aspects involved in restoring oxygen levels and Oxygen Therapy in COVID-19


Only 15% of COVID patients may have a moderate disease where one’s oxygen saturation level may go less than 94%.

During the second wave of COVID-19, an increase in oxygen requirement has been reported in patients. Dr Ravichandra, Chief Medical Officer, National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore explains: “80% of COVID-19 cases reported are mild. Only 15% of COVID patients may have a moderate disease where one’s oxygen saturation level may go less than 94%. And the remaining 5% COVID infected people may end up having a severe disease which shows respiratory rate higher than 30/minute and oxygen saturation level less than 90%.”

Let us take a look at some important aspects involved in restoring oxygen levels in the body, for the benefit of the small proportion of patients who end up needing supplemental oxygen.

Be alert to the Symptoms of Low Oxygen Level

Warning signs of low oxygen level include difficulty in breathing, confusion, difficulty in waking up and bluish lips or face. Adults may develop chest pain that doesn’t go away. Children may experience flaring up of nostrils, grunting while breathing or inability to drink or eat.

Why we should be concerned

According to WHO, Hypoxemia (low oxygen levels in the blood) may eventually result in loss of life. When oxygen levels become low because of a sickness such as COVID-19, the cells in the body don’t get enough oxygen to perform their normal functions. If the level remains low for long, maybe due to lack of treatment, organs start to malfunction; in severe cases, it may cause death.

Know How to Measure Oxygen Level

There are two easy ways to measure the oxygen level.

Pulse Oximeter: You can measure the oxygen level of a patient using a pulse oximeter which you can place on their finger, toe or earlobe. It’s a painless test, taking less than two minutes.

Pulse oximeters measure the oxygen saturation or percentage of oxygen in the patient’s blood. According to a WHO training manual on pulse oximetry, if the oxygen saturation is 93% or lower, the patient needs to be treated quickly. A saturation of less than 90% is a clinical emergency.

Respiratory Rate: Respiratory rate is the number of breaths a person takes per minute. Dr. Somashekhara, Director, National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore explains a simple method to measure the respiratory rate without any device. Keep your palm on your chest, measure your respiratory rate for 1 minute. If the respiratory rate is less than 24 per minute, your oxygen level is safe. If a patient has more than 30 breaths per minute, the oxygen level is low.

What to do when you face low oxygen level

Proning

Patients undergoing home care are advised to lie prone on their stomachs. This will improve breathing and increase oxygen saturation. Please check out more details in the Union Health Ministry’s “Proning for Self Care” advisory here.

According to Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19 (in Adults), released by the Union Health Ministry on May 24, 2021, awake proning should be encouraged in all patients who require supplemental oxygen therapy.

The advisory by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also underlines important considerations while proning in non-intubated patients

Any COVID-19 patient with respiratory embarrassment severe enough to be admitted to the hospital may be considered for rotation and early self proning.
Care must be taken to not disrupt the flow of oxygen during patient rotation
Typical protocols include 30–120 minutes in prone position, followed by 30–120 minutes in left lateral decubitus (lying on left side), right lateral decubitus (lying on right side), and upright sitting position.
Using oxygen concentrators

Experts suggest that oxygen therapy may be given only in presence of a healthcare provider. However, one may use them in an emergency, while medical attention is being sought or while waiting for an ambulance.

Professor and Head of Department, Anaesthesia, B. J. Medical College, Pune, Prof. Sanyogita Naik advises: “Oxygen concentrators can be used only in moderate cases of COVID-19, when the patient experiences a drop in oxygen levels, where the oxygen requirement is a maximum of 5 litres per minute.”

The professor added that oxygen concentrators are also very useful for patients experiencing post-COVID complications which necessitate oxygen therapy.

In both the above cases, the goal of oxygen therapy is to achieve a saturation level of 94%; once the patient has a 93% to 94% oxygen level, the oxygen therapy may be discontinued. Excess of oxygen may lead to an increase in the level of Carbon Dioxide, leading to complications.




Passing out Parade of Spring Term 2021 held at Indian Naval Academy


The Presidents Gold Medal for the Indian Naval Academy B. Tech course was awarded to Midshipman Mohit Bhurariya.

In a spectacular Passing out Parade (POP) held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, on Saturday, 29 May 21, 152 trainees comprising Midshipmen of 100 INAC, cadets of 30A  Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 32 Naval Orientation Course (Regular) passed out with flying colours, marking the culmination of their ab-initio training.

The parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command who awarded medals to meritorious Midshipmen and Cadets on completion of the Ceremonial Review. Vice Admiral M A Hampiholi, AVSM, NM, Commandant, INA was the Conducting Officer.

The Presidents Gold Medal for the Indian Naval Academy B. Tech course was awarded to Midshipman Mohit Bhurariya.

(a) CNS Silver medal for INAC B. Tech Course – Midshipman Rohit Dagar

(b) FOC-in-C South Bronze Medal for INAC B. Tech Course – Midshipman Gaurav Kumar

(c) CNS Gold Medal for NOC (Regular) – Cadet Akanksha Mehra

(d) Commandant, INA Silver Medal for NOC (Regular) – Cadet Ritika Mishra

(e) Zamorin Trophy for most promising women trainee – Cadet Vaishali Mishra

The successful trainees marched with their gleaming swords and rifles held in salute, past the Academy’s Quarterdeck, in Slow March, to the traditional notes of Auld Lang Syne – the poignant farewell tune played by Armed Forces around the world when bidding adieu to colleagues and comrades, for their Antim Pag or final step at the Indian Naval Academy.

Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command congratulated the trainees on parade for their impeccable turnout, smart drill and movements on parade. The Reviewing Officer emphasised the core values of duty, honour and courage. He also highlighted that armed forces are the strongest pillar of defence of the country and have to deliver each and every time, whether it be a situation of conflict, escalation by inimical forces on the land or maritime borders or response to COVID pandemic, natural calamity, search and rescue which was witnessed during cyclone Yaas and Tauktae recently.

The Reviewing Officer and other dignitaries shipped the stripes of the passing out trainees and congratulated them for their successful completion of the rigorous training. These officers will proceed to various Naval ships and establishments to further consolidate their training in specialised fields. Stringent precautionary measures instituted by the Academy has helped in accomplishing the challenging goal of training cadets during COVID-19 and the successful culmination of the Spring Term 2021 at INA.




India logs 2.11L new cases, 3,847 Covid deaths


India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,73,69,093 with 24,19,907 active cases and 3,15,235 deaths so far.

India on Thursday reported 2,11,298 fresh cases as 3,847 more patients succumbed to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said.

Tamil Nadu recorded the highest new cases with 33,764 people testing positive for the virus, while Kerala added 28,798 cases. Meanwhile Maharashtra saw most fatalities at 1,013, Karnataka added 530 and Tamil Nadu 475. Strict measures have been initiated by the M.K. Stalin government to bring down the Covid figures.

India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,73,69,093 with 24,19,907 active cases and 3,15,235 deaths so far.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 2,83,135 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 2,46,33,951 being cured from Covid till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 20,26,95,874 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 18,85,805 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 33,69,69,353 samples have been tested up to May 26 for Covid-19. Of these 21,57,857 samples were tested on Wednesday.

In the last 16 days India has recorded over 60,000 deaths. On Monday, India crossed a grim milestone of three-lakh deaths due to the coronavirus infections, thus becoming world’s third country after the US and Brazil to cross three-lakh deaths.

On Tuesday, India recorded 1,96,427 cases — the lowest since April 14.

India registered record deaths due to Covid exactly a week back with 4,529 deaths — the highest number of fatalities from Covid infection in any country since the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China’s Wuhan in December 2019.

It surpassed 4,468 deaths in the US on January 12, and earlier 4,211 in Brazil on April 6. These three are the worst-hit by the pandemic.

After battling a brutal second wave for weeks, fresh Covid cases came down below the three lakh-mark for the first time on May 17 after touching record high of 4,14,188 on May 7.




Rahul Gandhi pays tributes to Nehru on his death anniversary


He was fondly called as ‘Chacha Nehru’ by children. His birthday on November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day every year.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday paid tributes to the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 57th death anniversary.

“Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system. Remembering the wise words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary,” he said in a tweet.

Nehru was the first Prime Minister of independent India. He passed away on May 27, 1964 at the age of 74 in Delhi following a heart attack.

He was fondly called as ‘Chacha Nehru’ by children. His birthday on November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day every year.





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