India | report New Covid Cases Drop Below 3L First Time After April 21 | 2021 may17|

India | report New Covid Cases Drop Below 3L First Time After April 21 | 2021 may17|

News Highlights

  • Daily figures dropped below the 3-lakh mark for the first time in nearly a month.
  • India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,49,65,463.
  • A total of 18,29,26,460 people have been vaccinated so far

New Delhi: Covid numbers brought a heave of relief as the daily figures dropped below the 3-lakh mark for the first time in nearly a month.

Covid numbers brought a heave of relief as the daily figures dropped below the 3-lakh mark for the first time in nearly a month.

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In the last 24 hours, 2,81,386 new corona cases were reported — lowest in 25 days, and 4,106 fatalities, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

On May 12, India recorded 4,205 fresh Covid deaths, the highest ever, while on May 7, the country had recorded its highest ever cases of 4,14,188.

India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,49,65,463 with 35,16,997 active cases and 2,74,390 deaths so far.

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Number of cases of increase daily infections in the country: 242,034 cases detected in 24 hours, 4,104 deaths.

The number of daily infections in the country has decreased. In 24 hours, 2,41,034 new cases were detected. In one day, 3,691 people were cured, while 4,106 people lost their lives in the epidemic. The total number of infected people in the country has reached 2.65 million. Similarly, the total death toll in the country is 2,3,380. Including the daily healthy rate, 2,11,19,07 people have recovered in the country. There are still 35.14 million people infected and treated in the corona.

The number of cases of Kamila daily infections in the country. In 24 hours, 2,82,034 cases were reported and 4,109 deaths

In the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus-related infections in the country was 2.91 lakh, while the death toll was 8,108.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, 2,41,38 new coronavirus-infected infections and 4,106 deaths had been recorded across the country as of 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Union Ministry of Health. Including this data, the total number of cases of Covidium infections in India has reached 2,7,45,93 and the number of deaths has reached 2,7,380.

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Coronavirus updated | 2021 | May 7 | ALERT For COVID19 Patients: Black Fungal Infections can Turn Dangerous If Left Untreated

Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, can turn dangerous if left untreated, doctors said on Friday amid reports of re-emergence of the rare deadly fungal infection among Covid-19 patients.


New Delhi: Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, can turn dangerous if left untreated, doctors said on Friday amid reports of re-emergence of the rare deadly fungal infection among Covid-19 patients across hospitals in Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad.

The fungal infection is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.

The common symptoms associated with the disease include headache, facial pain, nasal congestion, loss of vision or pain in eyes, swelling in cheeks and eyes and black crusts in the nose. The US Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention estimates Mucormycosis with an overall all-cause mortality rate of 54 per cent.

“Mucormycosis can be very dangerous if left untreated can cause mutilating damage to face, nose, eyes with disfigurement and loss of vision and also cause invasive brain infection,” Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Consultant -Internal Medicine, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, told IANS.

While “Aspergillus and Candida are more common fungal infections, but this infection is dangerous because it involves the sinus and brain and happens to those who are in an immunocompromised state and/or to patients on steroids,” added Dr Vikas Maurya, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.

According to health experts, Mucormycosis (previously called zygomycosis) has been a cause of disease and death in transplants, ICU and immunodeficient individuals since long. However, it is the rapid increase in numbers seen in unsuspected Covid patients which is a matter of grave concern. Patients who recover from the Covid infection are increasingly being pushed back into the ICUs. Last year, Mucormycisis had caused high mortality with many patients suffering from loss of eyesight, removal of nose and jawbone.

“Mucormycosis is affecting Covid patients more due to prolonged administration of steroids and subsequent immunocompromised state,” Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo hospital, New Delhi, told IANS.

“In Covid, patients get steroids and immunity goes down and they may get this infection,” Maurya said.

People with diabetes, those on steroids and humidified oxygen for a long time, and Covid patients with pre-existing comorbidities are the most at risk. Others include patients like those post chemotherapies, those on long-term immunosuppressive drugs.

The Drug Controller General of India, in March this year, gave approval to Mumbai-based bio-pharmaceutical firm Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited to use anti-fungal medication — Liposomal Amphotericin B or LAmB — as a medical intervention in patients of Mucormycosis.

The risk of this fungus can be avoided by avoiding prolonged use of steroids. The treatment also involves anti-fungal and surgery (if required) to remove the affected area, Chatterjee said.

Judicious use of steroids and immunosuppressive drugs especially in elderly, immunocompromised, cancer and diabetic patients with Covid, are needed during the course of treatment, Kumar advised.

Odisha CM | Today Updated | Covid-19 Review: Odisha CM Naveen Stresses On Timely Supply Of Oxygen, Medicines

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday emphasised on timely supply of oxygen and essential medicines to needy patients while reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the State.

“The oxygen supply logistics plan should be closely monitored to ensure sufficient and timely supply of oxygen to the patients. Please ensure that the critical medicines are available to the patients whenever required,” Patnaik was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the CMO.

“The second wave has made us realise that we need to be prepared for the crisis for long. Unless we observe the Covid appropriate protocols like wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing we cannot tide over this. I would like all of you to take care of our frontline warriors,” the CM added.

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Covid-19 News | 2021 | April 25 | Odisha Despatches Over 500 MT Oxygen To Needy States: Police

Odisha dispatches over 500 MT oxygen to needy states: Police - Flipboard

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has despatched at least 29 tankers carrying about 510 MT of medical oxygen under police escort to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other needy states in the last 48 hours, an official said.

This apart, 15 more tankers are leaving from Dhenkanal, Rourkela and Angul by Saturday, an official statement released by Odisha Police said, adding that the state police has formed a dedicated corridor for speedy movement so as to serve thousands of needy patients in various states without delay.

The Special Cell formed under ADGP (Law and Order), Y K Jethwais is coordinating various actions for prompt loading and transportation of medical oxygen by Odisha to states facing deficit. District SPs/DCPs and Range DIG/IG/CP are supervising the movement personally within their jurisdictions, it said.

Meanwhile, Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare department has set up modalities to meet the demands of oxygen cylinders in the Dedicated COVID Hospital, Covid Care Centres and others where the corona patients are admitted in the state.

In an official letter to all district authorities, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare P K Mohapatra said that drug inspectors of districts will ensure timely despatch of the empty cylinders to the assigned fillers and inform his counterparts at which the filler is stationed for timely filing of the cylinders.

He said the hiring charges of vehicles can be met from the Public Health Response Funds or any other suitable head from which transportation districts will be done smoothly.

Official sources said that as against the daily requirement of 23.78 tonne of medical oxygen for patients in Odisha, the daily production of cylinder oxygen in the state is 129.68 tonne. Besides, the daily production of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) is 60 tonne.

While an LMO plant will be commissioned in the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur by May 10, plans are afoot to set up LMO plants in 15 COVID hospitals including the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla.

Mohapatra said the state is supplying oxygen to other needy states after fulfilling its own requirement. There is no question of giving oxygen to others by ignoring the state’s requirement, he said, while rejecting the allegation that some patients in Odisha are denied oxygen.

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Meanwhile, BJP state general secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan alleged that oxygen stock has been exhausted at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur and patients died due to the oxygen shortage on Friday night.

However, the Ganjam district administration has rejected the allegation.

Ganjam District Collector VA Kulange wearing a PPE kit visited the MKCG hospital and interacted with Covid patients admitted to the hospital.

He said the allegation of oxygen shortage at the hospital is not true. “There are some rumours about oxygen supply in Covid hospital in MKCG. We have sufficient oxygen supply and the supply chain is monitored in real time,” Kulange said in a twitter post.

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Covid-19 News | Weekend Shutdown To Cost Over Rs 1900 Crore To Odisha: SBI Report | Today News |

Odisha Govt Orders 60-hour Complete Shutdown in 3 Districts Amid Covid-19  Spread

Bhubaneswar: The weekend shutdown enforced in Odisha will result in a major financial setback of over Rs 1900 crore to the State, according to a report of the State Bank of India.

The report suggests that Odisha will suffer economic loss to the tune of Rs 1927 crore due to current weekend shutdowns in all urban areas of the State. The total loss due to the pandemic curbs across the country is estimated at Rs 1.5 lakh crore of which Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan account for 80 per cent.

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“Current SBI FY22 projection at 11% real GDP (RBI: 10.5%) and 15% nominal GDP growth (Union Budget: 14.4%) for FY22 on the back of low base effect and renewed economic momentum.However, given the current circumstances of partial/local/weekend lockdowns in almost all states, our growth forecast is now revised downwards,” the report said.

“Revised SBI FY22 projection now at 10.4% real GDP and 14.3% nominal GDP. Total loss estimated at Rs 1.5 lakh crores, of which Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan account for 80%. Maharashtra alone at 54%,” it added.

On the on-going Covid-19 vaccination drive, the SBI report said Odisha has 3.10 crore people above the age of 18 years are eligible to take vaccine. About 50 lakh people in the State have been vaccinated so far and the figure will shoot up to 60 lakh by April end.

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Of the remaining 2.4 crore, if half of the population gets vaccinated by the Centre, Odisha will have to shell out Rs 968 crore to inoculate them which is about 10 per cent of the state’s health expenditure budget.

Meanwhile, experts have claimed Odisha has enough resources to vaccinate the eligible beneficiaries.

Economic expert Rajeev Sahoo said, “The impact of weekend shutdown is low in Odisha so far. However, if the government will enforce more restrictions in coming days to tackle the infections, it will have adverse impact on the economy.”

“At present Odisha’s economic condition is good. The Odisha government has the resources to absorb the expense of the vaccination of the remaining beneficiaries. There is no need to worry,” he added.

Sudhakar Panda, secretary of Odisha Traders’ Association, “Shutdowns will have major impact on traders. Since March 22 last year, traders are lagging behind in social, financial and other sectors. We can say that the pandemic curbs have broken their backbone.”

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“Due to the second wave of Covid-19, the government has imposed weekend shutdown and we welcome the move. In view of gravity of the situation, there are proposals among us that we will shut our establishments for 15 days from May 1. We will take final decision in this regard in our executive committee meeting after consultation with the government,” Panda added.

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Today odisha News | April 24 |Covid Norms Thrown To Wind: Matric Students Seen Appearing Test At Mayurbhanj School!

Baripada: Despite Odisha government announcing cancellation of annual Matric board examinations and shutting down classroom teaching due to the prevailing second wave of Covid pandemic situation, some students were seen sitting in the examination at a school in Mayurbhanj district on Saturday.

Govt Norms Thrown To Wind: Matric Students Seen Appearing Test At Mayurbhanj School!

According to reports, the headmaster of Sri Chaitanyadev government high school at Paika Sahi under Rasgovindpur block in the district called all the standard 10 students to the class and conducted some practice tests, which were supposed to be completed in January.

Students appeared the test for different papers including mathematics, science, English, reports said

According to sources, the District Education Officer (DEO) had recently issued a notification to the headmaster of all high schools in the district to submit detailed reports of the practice tests of the class-10 students by Monday.

All the schools had already finished the practice tests in January-February while the Sri Chaitanyadev School had reportedly not completed the task. The district authorities’ order is said to have forced the headmaster to conduct the tests in a hasty manner.

Meanwhile, the headmaster too has admitted his mistake even as the district authorities has declined to comment on the matter.

Odisha government had on Wednesday announced cancellation of the annual Class 10 board exam due to rising covid-19 cases in the State. The results will be published based on an objective criterion to be developed by the Board of Secondary Education.

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Today Covid-19 news | April23 | 2021 | Railway Steps Up Vigil At Bhubaneswar Station For West Bengal Returnees| News.

Bhubaneswar: The Director of Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Chittaranjan Nayak on Friday said that special arrangements have been made at the station to track people returning from the neighbouring West Bengal.

Railway Steps Up Vigil At Bhubaneswar Station For West Bengal Returnees

“We are working along with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the tracking and registration of the passengers here. Exist from Platform No. 6 of the railway station has been stopped while arrangements for both entry and exist have been made at Platform No. 1,” Nayak said.

He further said the officials of the BMC and CRPF jawans have been deployed at the PF No. 1 of the railway station to ensure that no West Bengal returnees can escape to avoid the mandatory quarantine norms of the State government.

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A total of 30 trains from West Bengal are running through Odisha of which nine trains are to Bhubaneswar with a daily movement of around 5000-7000 passengers, he informed.

The Odisha government has made 14-day mandatory institutional or paid quarantine for people coming to Odisha from West Bengal by road or air. The move came after Triple Mutant variant of COVID-19 was reportedly among people in West Bengal.

Those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have RTPCR negative report will be allowed home quarantine for 14 days, informed Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra on Thursday.

“Any person who has been successfully vaccinated (two doses) and produces certificate to the effect or tested Negative (-ve) in RT-PCR test (report to be produced) within 48 hours of entering Odisha, may be allowed home quarantine for 14 days. However, in case of non-compliance of the Covid protocols and Home quarantine guidelines issued by union health ministry and Odisha health department, such persons shall be quarantined in institutional facility for fourteen (14) days,” an official statement from the State Special Relief Commissioner.

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New Covid-19 News | April 23 | 2021| Triple Mutant Covid-19 Strain Not Found In Odisha So Far: ILS Director

Bhubaneswar: Amid growing concerns over the more virulent triple mutant variant of Coronavirus, the head of a top medical research facility in Odisha on Friday said that the new variant of the virus has not been detected in the State so far.

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Explaining the triple mutation, Director, Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar Ajay Parida Parida said, “It is just a scientific nomenclature. After the double mutation, it is now the triple mutation which means three different Covid strains combining to form a new variant.”

He said though there are reports that the triple mutant variant of the virus also called as ‘Bengal strain’ of Covid-19 is more infectious than other strains, a detailed analysis has not been done so far to find out how it will affect people.

“As the triple mutant variant of coronavirus has been found in West Bengal, the Odisha government has sealed borders with the neighbouring state and took other measures to ensure that the new strain did not spread in the State. It is a welcome step,” he added.

Speaking about genome sequencing, Parida said 13,000 samples have been tested from December last year to March 15 this year across the country. In Odisha, 484 samples were tested. It showed 15 double mutant strains and 15 UK variants.

“Moreover, the samples from March 15 till date have been sent for genome sequencing. The report will be received by Monday. It will reveal if the triple mutant of the virus is present in Odisha or not,” he added.

Covid-19 News | 2021 | April 23 |Weekend Shutdown In Odisha: 68 Checkpoints In Cuttack, Bhubaneswar; Mo Bus Service Suspended | News |

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Bhubaneswar: A thick blanket of security will be in place during the observance of the 48-hour weekend shutdown in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar starting from tomorrow, said Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi on Friday.

Priyadarshi said 32 platoons of police force, including 12 in Cuttack and 20 platoons in Bhubaneswar will be deployed to ensure strict compliance of the shutdown norms.

As many as 350 officers (100 officers in Cuttack, 150 in Bhubaneswar) will supervise the overall arrangements and compliance during the weekend shutdown which will come into effect after expiry of the overnight curfew restrictions at 5 am tomorrow.

“(To)night curfew restrictions will expire at 5 am on Saturday. The State government today has allotted one-hour relaxation (5 am to 6 am on Saturdays, Sundays) during the weekend shutdowns for physical/ fitness activities like morning walk, jogging and cycling,” said Priyadarshi.

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service will remain suspended on weekend. To facilitate the movement of incoming passengers bus service will be provided for Cuttack & Khurdha from Railway Station.Shuttle service will be available from Airport to Railway Station.

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No passes will be issued for those engaged in emergency services. Only the valid identity cards of the approved employees will be checked by the police personnel who will be deployed at various checkpoints.

Priyadarshi informed that as many as 63 check points including 25 points and Cuttack and 43 in Bhubaneswar have been set up for enforcing the shutdown movement regulations.

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Covid-19 Surge In Odisha: Govt Issues Guidelines For Hospitals To Ensure Safety Of Other Patients| Today Covid-19 News|

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is now passing a through a crucial stage of Covid-19 surge.
Under such circumstances, it has now become imperative to ensure that hospitals and other healthcare institutions do not become hotspots.

In the backdrop of the fears, the State government on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines for hospitals. The objective of the guidelines is also to prevent large number of frontline health care providers from getting infected and ensure that all non-Covid health care facilities in the State remains unaffected from contamination.

As per the guidelines, in case Covid positive cases are detected in any section of the hospital, other patients in the room must be shifted to another room temporarily. Similarly, clear instructions have been issued to ensure that the room is sanitized, terminally cleaned and can be reused after closing down for 24 hours.

No life threatening procedure, treatment shall be denied or deferred on the ground of suspicion of COVID infection or non-availability of COVID test report. The hospital shall undertake such treatment taking all universal precaution as per guidelines.

The Odisha government has issued clear instructions to all government and private hospitals to strictly adhere to the IPC (Infection Prevention & Control) guidelines.

Here are the guidelines:

-It is mandatory to create a separate fever clinic and isolation zone / block in hospitals for purpose of screening ILI / SARI cases, suspected contacts, persons coming from hotspot areas and any other suspected COVID cases ; to provide testing / treating facility to these persons. Such facility should have separate entry and exit.

– All patients coming to the hospital should be screened and triaged observing all IPC protocols.

– All hospitals are to ensure adequate hand washing, hand rub facilities and enforce use of mask and social distancing

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