India posts record daily COVID-19 deaths, one in four globally last week
The surge of the coronavirus in India, including of a highly infectious new variant first identified there, has seen hospitals runs out of beds and oxygen, and morgues and crematoriums overflowing. Many people have died in ambulances and car parks waiting for a bed or oxygen. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Rs 50,000 cr priority lending announcement for COVID-related services a welcome move: Sangita Reddy
"To boost provision of immediate liquidity for ramping up COVID-related healthcare infrastructure and services in the country, an on-tap liquidity window of Rs 50,000 crore with tenors of up to three years at the repo rate is being opened till March 31, 2022," Das said on Wednesday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Bolo Indya partners MyGov India to drive mass awareness about vaccination
The partnership aims to aid the Centre's efforts in combating the coronavirus pandemic, and provide users -- especially those in tier 3 and 4 towns -- with real-time information from the government on various announcements made in the wake of COVID-19, including vaccination drive and precautionary updates, a statement said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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‘Third Covid wave inevitable, we should be prepared’, warns Principal Scientific Advisor
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Need to set up of oxygen storage points within 30 minutes distance of all hospitals: Apollo MD
Many hospitals across various states are facing an oxygen shortage. In the national Capital, the overstretched health infrastructure is gasping for breath because of an acute shortage of medical oxygen in the city after serious COVID cases started flooding the hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Jabs of elderly should have been finished before opening it for 18-44: Health Expert
The data from the second wave, Dr Kang said, could help India in broadly understanding how the virus would behave. Even as the government maintained that Covid-19 numbers were declining in several states, Dr Kang pointed out that there has been a fall in testing. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Baring Asia, Everstone Capital lead race for Hinduja's healthcare BPO
Baring Private Equity Asia and Everstone Capital have emerged the front runners to acquire a controlling stake in the healthcare outsourcing division of Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) that has been carved out by the eponymous conglomerate as part of a value (Source: The Economic Times)
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India in for the long haul as experts say herd immunity unlikely soon
K Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India said that in a highly mobile world where people are moving from place to place, a non-immune person will still be very vulnerable. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India ’s drug regulator clears the way for import of Covid-19 vaccines into India
With import licence, vaccine can be imported for supply to state governments and private entities, the regulator has said in a set of guidance released for import of vaccines by private sector and state governments. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Two pandemics clash as doctors find that Covid spurs diabetes
The data was published last month in Nature, three weeks after a study of almost 50,000 hospitalized Covid patients in England found that they were 50% more likely to have diabetes some 20 weeks after discharge than matched controls. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Diabetes-Covid-steroids mix causing increase in fungal infections: Doctors
Experts said rational use of steroids in diabetic patients, use of nasal anti-germ solutions such as betadine and sensitizing those who ’ve recovered from Covid about post-infection red flags can avoid long-drawn, mutilating and expensive treatments. (Source: The Economic Times)
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States, UTs have more than 75 lakh COVID vaccine doses, over 48 lakh to be delivered in 3 days: Govt
The government of India has so far provided 16,69,97,410 vaccine doses to the states and UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption, including wastage, is 15,94,75,507, according to ministry data updated at 8 am. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mahindra Logistics launches Oxygen on Wheels; connects producers with hospitals
The service has been rolled out in cities such as Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Chakan, Nasik and Nagpur in Maharashtra with the company deploying around 100 vehicles to overcome the transportation bottleneck with safe and quick transportation to deliver oxygen cylinders on demand, a release said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Even short-term exposure to air pollution could affect cognition, shows study
According to a new study at Columbia University, being exposed to air pollution can affect one's mind. Even if the exposure lasts for a few weeks, the effects of the pollution can be mitigated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin. (Source: The Economic Times)
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More virulent COVID strain, insufficient infra have led to more deaths in Delhi: Experts
The capital reported 407 deaths on Sunday, 412 on Saturday, 375 on Friday, 395 on Thursday, 368 on Wednesday; 381 on Tuesday, 380 on Monday, 350 on last Sunday, and 357 on Saturday last week, according to government data. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Delhi hospitals putting patients on oxygen support on priority basis
Dr Umar Zahoor, head of the emergency department at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, said they stop the supply of oxygen to patients who can survive without the life-saving gas for a few hours in such a crisis situation. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: Top private hospitals have jabs for 2-3 weeks
Overall the vaccination centres of private hospitals are seeing a huge rush. A Max spokesperson told ET that it was an “all hands on deck” situation in most of their vaccination centres. Like Fortis, Max healthcare has also started to carry out vaccination at seven centres. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Single COVID vaccine dose boosts protection against variants in previously infected: Study
The findings, published in the journal Science, show that in those who have not previously been infected and have so far only received one dose of vaccine, the immune response to coronavirus variants of concern may be insufficient. (Source: The Economic Times)
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A combo of lockdowns and vaccination is the only way to protect us from this viral onslaught, writes Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
There has been a visible lack of preparedness planning, as our response has been slow and inadequate. In fact, there is a strong opposition against any lockdown. A month into the second wave, lockdowns are being enforced much like bolting the stable door after the colt has bolted. (Source: The Economic Times)
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The rich bring hospitals to their homes amid coronavirus surge
Ventilator sales and demand for setting up residential ICU facilities see a spike (Source: The Economic Times)
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No plan yet to ensure Delhi hospitals don ’t run out of oxygen
Aakash Healthcare managing director Aashish Chaudhary said “we never get oxygen supplies for 24 hours. At a given time we have supplied for 3-4 hours. By force we have to stop our admissions. Even then we get patients who say just keep us in emergency we have been refused by 8 hospitals. How do we turn them away?” (Source: The Economic Times)
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The big question: Can India find a way out of its Covid nightmare?
"To bring things under control, you want to vaccinate more people on a daily basis than the number of new infections. Remember that a person who gets the first shot today will get the second shot in four to six weeks, and will need two more weeks to develop full immunity. So somebody who starts vaccination today will take two months to develop protective immunity." (Source: The Economic Times)
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Food products with health additives see uptick in demand as second COVID-19 wave surges
Since April 2020, the sector has seen a surge in demand for products including those related to digestive health, sleep and stress, said industry executives. (Source: The Economic Times)
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PM takes key decisions to boost availability of medical personnel to fight COVID-19
The PMO said in a statement on Monday that the services of final year MBBS students can also be utilised for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild COVID cases after due orientation under the faculty's supervision. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Apply the law to accelerate Covaxin output: India has enough legal provisions to make it happen, say experts
Bharat Biotech had issued a statement saying, “Capacity expansion has been implemented across multiple facilities... to reach 700 million doses a year,” though it did not specify by when. The company did not respond to ET’s request for comment. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Doctors in UK get telemedicine, virtual ward rounds project going for India
Meanwhile, the BAPIO Telemedicine project has received support and clarification from the UK's General Medical Council (GMC) and has already started teleconsulting with hospitals in Nagpur, with expansion plans in the next few days. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Tech Mahindra, Reagene to file patent for molecule that potentially attacks coronavirus
Tech Mahindra Global Head (Makers Lab) Nikhil Malhotra told that the company along with its partner is applying for patenting on which further testing will be done. Markers Lab is the research and development arm of Tech Mahindra. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Bengaluru's private hospitals to share Realtime availability of beds
The portal will give realtime information about the list of private hospitals, availability of beds in every hospital, location and the contact of person in-charge of bed management. “The dashboard will save a lot of time for people searching for beds. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Apply the law to accelerate Covaxin output: Experts say India has enough legal provisions to make it happen
Bharat Biotech had issued a statement saying, “Capacity expansion has been implemented across multiple facilities... to reach 700 million doses a year,” though it did not specify by when. The company did not respond to ET’s request for comment. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India receives essential medical supplies from France to combat COVID-19 surge
As India battles a devastating second wave of coronavirus, several countries around the globe including the United Kingdom and Russia have extended support as the country continues to struggle with the increase in its health infrastructure needs caused by the rising infections. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Largest vaccination drive begins with just 6 states
The beginning of the third and largest phase of India's Covid-19 vaccination programme for those between 18 and 44 years was limited to a few districts in six states on Saturday, with other states postponing the drive amid a shortage of doses. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Why Covid vaccination of all adults would remain a tough ask for India amid a raging pandemic
Vaccinating all adults, some 90 crore Indians, is fraught with multiple challenges. These include a massive shortage of jabs, friction between the Centre and some states, confusion arising out of differential pricing and, above all, the severity of the current wave, which has jammed the nation ’s healthcare infrastructure and even forced many youngsters to worry whether vaccination centres could emerge as super spreading spots. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: Only six states to begin vaccination for 18+ from today
Even in these six states – Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Odisha – the May 1 drive will be a ‘token’ one. In most of these states, it will be limited to just a few districts. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Study finds high vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic
Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases from becoming an emergency that overwhelms ICUs and leads to more illness and death, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. (Source: The Economic Times)
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SpiceHealth starts walk-in RT-PCR testing in Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai
India is struggling with the second wave of the coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of RT-PCR tests, medical oxygen and beds. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Plan to increase Sputnik V vaccine production up to 850 million doses per year in India: Russian envoy
"Happy to share that the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine was delivered in Hyderabad today! As Russia and India continue dedicated joint efforts to combat the #COVID19, this move is especially important to support the Indian Government's endeavours to mitigate the deadly second wave and save lives," said Ambassador Kudashev (Source: The Economic Times)
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Everything falls on my shoulders but can't do it alone: Adar Poonawalla on vaccine pressure in India
In his first comments since he was provided with 'Y' category security by the Indian government earlier this week, Poonawalla told 'The Times' in an interview about receiving aggressive calls from some of the most powerful people in India, demanding supplies of Covishield. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Private hospital chains Max, Fortis and Apollo set to start vaccinations for 18-45 age group
The drive would begin in other cities when supplies are made available. "Fortis will administer Covid vaccines for 18+ at its centres across north India from tomorrow," according to a statement on Friday. Fortis said it will administer Covaxin at Rs 1,250 per dose, which includes the cost of the vaccine and administration charges. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India Inc steps up with coronavirus care centres for employees hit by second wave
Employees recuperating at these centres will have access to nurses and doctors, even oxygen, while for more serious cases, the necessary medical help/hospitalisation will be arranged as available. These centres, meant largely for mildly symptomatic/asymptomatic cases, are especially useful for people who live alone or in small homes with family and would otherwise face difficulty in isolating. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Apollo Hospitals to start vaccination of 18-44 age group at limited centres in country on May 1
Apollo Hospitals will be among the first among Indian private hospitals to begin COVID immunisation in the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive after the Centre opened up vaccination for all citizens above the age of 18, it said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Remdesivir to be administered on medical prescription to severe COVID-19 patients: Centre to SC
A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud was informed that there is a growing demand from some quarters to permit the use of Remdesivir even when a person is taking treatment at his own home under his own private medical supervision. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Will vaccinate those above 18 yrs from May 1; Covaxin to cost Rs 1200 & Covishield Rs 800 per dose: Shobana Kamineni, Apollo Hospitals Grp
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Fortis to begin third-phase vaccination in north India from tomorrow
Apart from Fortis, Apollo Hospitals will also begin the third phase of the inoculation drive after the Centre opened up vaccination for all adults. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: Covid-19 is a ‘lifestyle’ disease, where being wealthier is no longer a guarantee to being healthier
The last 12 months have changed a lot of our perceptions regarding life. The term ‘our’ here refers to the affluent and privileged classes — not local or national, but global. (Source: The Economic Times)
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ICU bed numbers must be doubled: Health Ministry
As per the ministry of health and family welfare statistics, India needs 162,000 ICU beds to meet hospitalisation requirements arising from 300,000 new coronavirus cases per day, but has only 81,094 such units. The Centre and states have been trying to increase ICU beds. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19 guidelines for children, home isolation announced
With a surge in cases overwhelming the healthcare system, the health ministry issued two separate documents – revised guidelines for home isolation and management protocols for paediatric age groups. (Source: The Economic Times)
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The math that explains the end of the pandemic
Understanding exponential dynamics makes it easier to know what to expect in the coming phase of the pandemic: Why things will improve quickly as vaccination rates rise and why it ’s important to maintain some precautions even after case numbers come down. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India blames a virus variant as its Covid crisis deepens
As supplies run dangerously low and hospitals are forced to turn away the sick, scientists are trying to determine what role variants of the virus might be playing. They are working with precious little data. India, like many other countries, has not built up a robust system to track viruses. (Source: The Economic Times)
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What we know about the Indian variant as coronavirus sweeps South Asia
Scientists are studying what led to an unexpected surge, and particularly whether a variant of the novel coronavirus first detected in India is to blame. The variant, named B.1.617, has been reported in some 17 countries, raising global concern. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Over 2.45 crore register for Phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccination
While more than 1.37 crore people registered themselves on April 28, more than 1.04 crore registered by the end of April 29. (Source: The Economic Times)
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