AIIMS chief Dr Guleria lists '2 main reasons' for India's COVID-19 surge

by National | 18-04-2021 | 3532 views

NewDelhi: AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria has highlighted two "main causes" for India's surge in COVID-19 cases. Terming the cause of surge 'multifactorial', Dr Guleria said, "In January and February, when vaccination started...people stopped wearing masks, started having parties." He added, "At that time, the virus [mutated]...[the] new strain...was more infectious. It was able to spread more rapidly."

As many as 12 patients have died in 25 hours at a government hospital in MP's Shahdol, allegedly due to a shortage in oxygen supply. While families of the deceased alleged the deaths were caused by lack of medical oxygen, the hospital's authorities denied the charge. "They (the deceased) were critical due to comorbidities," said Shahdol DM.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has written to PM Narendra Modi about the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the capital. Kejriwal has also appealed to PM Modi regarding urgent supply of oxygen and reservation of 7,000 beds out of the Centre's 10,000 beds for COVID-19-infected patients. The city has less than 100 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, the CM stated on Sunday.

Delhi government has filed FIR against four airlines for failing to check negative RT-PCR test reports of passengers travelling to the national capital from Maharashtra, ANI reported on Sunday. The four airlines are IndiGo, Vistara, SpiceJet and AirAsia. Delhi and other states have made negative RT-PCR reports mandatory for those coming from Maharashtra, the state worst affected by COVID-19.

The Delhi government on Sunday directed all its nursing homes and private hospitals providing COVID-19 treatment to reserve at least 80% of their ICU and ward beds for coronavirus patients. This comes after CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that less than 100 ICU beds are vacant in Delhi hospitals. Kejriwal has also sought Centre's help for adequate oxygen supply in Delhi.

The Delhi Police COVID helpline had received 1,500 calls from people enquiring about issues related to curfew and e-passes on Saturday. The 24X7 helpline number – 011-23469900 – has 10 dedicated lines and was set up at the Delhi Police Headquarters on Friday. The police said that apart from the enquiries, it also made Remdesivir available for some urgent callers.

Amid the rising COVID-19 cases, Kerala has imposed new curbs including registration of those coming from outside on the 'COVID-19 Jagratha' portal. Under the new curbs, 75 people and 150 people will be allowed for indoor and outdoor public functions, respectively, until further orders. Also, details of weddings and house warming ceremonies have to be registered on the portal.

Shree Poona Modh Mitra Mandal, a Pune-based group, is supplying food to the home-quarantined COVID-19 positive patients for free of charge. The group has supplied 9,000 tiffin meals in the past seven to eight months. President of the Shree Poona Modh Mitra Mandal Raju Shah said that the members have used personal funds worth ₹15 lakh to mobilise this initiative.

The global COVID-19 death toll has crossed the 30 lakh mark on Saturday. The United States (5,66,240), Brazil (3,68,749) and Mexico (2,11,693) have the highest COVID-19 deaths in the world. India comes fourth with 1,75,649 deaths. India is followed by the UK, with over 1,27,000 deaths due to COVID-19 so far.

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