Coronavirus | Covid Stigma: Bodies Of Covid-19 Patients Carried On Cart, Cycle For Last Rites | covid -19 | Today News |

Coronavirus | Covid Stigma: Bodies Of Covid-19 Patients Carried On Cart, Cycle For Last Rites | covid -19 | Today News |

Deogarh/ Bolangir: With Covid-19 disease expanding its fatal footprints across the State, more inhuman treatment to dead bodies keep on coming from various places in Odisha.

A heart-wrenching incident has been reported from Tileibani suguda village in Deogarh district where a dead body was carried on a bullock cart and cremated after remaining unattended for around nine hours

Pandemic must not rob the dead of dignity

Chandrasekhar Sahoo of Tileibani village had tested Covid-19 positive few days ago and had remained in home quarantine. His condition deteriorated yesterday following which family members called the covid care centre. However, Chandrasekhar succumbed to the deadly virus before the staff from the covid care centre reached the spot.

On the other hand, relatives, friends and neighbours had refused to lend shoulder to the deceased out of fear of infection. The family members called the civic body workers who came later and carried the body on a cart for cremation, wearing PPE kits.

Deogarh assistant Collector Kaibalya Kar admitted the delayed cremation. He said that neighbours and relatives had initially agreed to cremate the body but, later refused to do so which led to delay in the cremation.

A similar distressing picture also came from Bolangir district where a man was seen carrying his dead father’s body on a bicycle for cremation after relatives didn’t turn up to lend shoulder fearing infection.

The incident has been reported from Bhaludunguri village under Khaprakhol block in Bolangir. According to reports, 55-year-old Ayodhya Sahoo had succumbed to Covid-19 at Khaprakhol health centre. But, family members and relatives refused to assist his son in the cremation.

Ultimately, the deceased’s son Damodar Sahoo carried the body wrapped in a polythene on his cycle and covered around two kilometres to reach a nearby forest where he conducted the last rites alone.


Odisha Coronavirus | 2021 | Covid -19 | Odisha Crosses 8000-Mark In Daily Covid-19 Cases, 10 Deaths

Bhubaneswar: The daily Covid-19 new cases which was plateauing between 6,000 and 6500 for the last five days, today witnessed an exponential jump crossing 8,000-mark.

The new positive cases which stood at 6073 yesterday, have shot up to 8386 in the last 24 hours. With today’s figure, the cumilative caseload has gone up to 42,8515 in the State.

Of the 8386 new case, 4781 cases were from quarantine while 3605 were local contacts.
As many as 4089 patients have recovered during the period pushing total recovery tally to 371200. The active cases stand at 55245 in the State.
Apart from the record spike in new positive case, the State also witnessed a distressing report of 10 fatalities due to the deadly various in last 24 hours. The cumulative death tally in State mounted to 2017.

Record high of 12 lakh COVID-19 tests conducted in last 24 hours: Health  Ministry

Puri and Rayagada districts reported maximum three casualties each while Boudh, Ganjam, Khordha, and Sundergarh registered one death case each.

Sundergarh remains at the second spot with 933 cases while Cuttack stood at third position at 496 followed by Jharsuguda which reported 433 cases.

Similarly, Nabarangpur witnessed a daily spike of 388 cases and Bolangir saw 358 positive cases. Angul and Sambalpur districts posted 347, 307 cases respectively.

The districts which witnessed below 300 marks in the daily new cases are Mayurbhabhanj (289), Jajpur (270), Puri (259), Bargarh (257), Nuapada (233), Ganjam (209), Balasore (202).

Keonjhar, Jagatsinghpur, Kalahandi, Nayagarh recorded below 200 mark other remaining districts saw less than 100 daily positive cases. With 21 new cases Dhenkanal remained in the bottom in the row.

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Today News | covid patient help | Odisha: Sarpanch Turns Good Samaritan, Helps Perform Last Rites Of Covid Patient

Nuapada: Setting example for others, Ishwar Chandra Nayak, Sarpanch of Konabira Panchayat under Komna block in the district turned good samaritan and helped performing last rites of a Covid-19 patient who was shunned by the locals and family members.

According to sources, one elderly man identified as Pili Nayak had tested positive for Covid-19 and was in isolation. He, however, succumbed to the dreaded virus on Tuesday morning.

When the news of his death was spread in the village, no one turned up to lend a helping hand for his last rites. Finding no other options, Sarpanch, Nayak called up the medical officer and then Komna Block Development Officer (BDO) to inform about the incident following which PPE kits were sent and the cremation was completed wearing the same.

Narrating the incident, Nayak said, “One Pili Nayak died of Covid-19 this morning, but no villagers turned up for his last rites. Then I called medical officer and BDO,” 

On being informed about the incident, the BDO sent four PPE kits. Later, four relatives of the deceased performed the last rites by following all Covid-19 guidelines issued by the government,” he added.


Today Coronavirus updated | 2021 | Covid-19 Second Wave: World Joins Hands To Rescue India

New Delhi: Nations across the world have come forward to help India in its fight against the raging second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which is extremely virulent and has ravaged the country in the past few weeks.

As per official sources, the US, the UK, France, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, the UAE, Kuwait and Russia have assured medical aid to India with much of the support on its way.

The UK is sending 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators this week. Out of these, 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators have already arrived on Tuesday.

France is sending relief material in two phases. In the first phase, eight large oxygen generating units that can be installed quickly, liquid oxygen, 28 respirators and their consumables and 200 electric syringe pushers are arriving this week. In the second phase, five liquid oxygen containers will arrive next week.

Similarly, Ireland is sending 700 oxygen concentrators this week.

Sources said that Germany is sending a mobile oxygen production unit which will be made available for three months along with 120 ventilators and 80 million KN95 masks.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that his government will send 500 ventilators, one million surgical masks, 500,000 P2 and N95 masks, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields to India.

Kuwait and Russia have also committed to send medical supplies.

Some of the medical supplies are also coming through private channels from various countries. For example, Singapore is sending 500 BiPAPs, 250 oxygen concentrators, four Cryogenic oxygen containers and other medical supplies.

Saudi Arabia’s aid of 80 MT of liquid oxygen is enroute via the sea route, Hong Kong is sending 800 oxygen concentrators, while Thailand is sending four Cryogenic oxygen tanks. India will also get six Cryogenic oxygen containers from the UAE.

Also, India’s Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) is importing 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany.

After US President Joe Biden spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone on Monday, the US has committed to provide a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials and therapeutics.


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.


Govt Exempts Customs On Food, Medicines For Charitable Organisations

New Delhi: Amid lot of international organisations coming forward to help India in fight against Covid-19, the government has exempted customs duty of foodstuff and medicines and has detailed what all can be gifted to whom and who all can do so.

The government has exempted custom duty on import of foodstuff, medicines, medical stores of perishable nature and blankets from charitable organisations, Red Cross Society and US based Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) and government itself.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section A(1) of section 25 of the Customs Act, 1962, the Central government being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest, do, hereby exempts goods of the description specified,” the government stated.

For Red Cross Society, the government said, the goods imported to India for free gift from abroad or purchased out of donations received abroad in foreign exchange by it should be for free distribution to the poor and the needy without distinction of caste, creed or race.

The importer at the time of importation produces a certificate to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs from the state government concerned or from person or institution specified by the Central Board of Excise and Customs certifying that it is for the organisation engaged in relief work and in the distribution of the supplies to the poor and the needy without any distinction.

The government also stated that the orgainsation otherwise satisfies the Assistant Commissioner in this regard to the activities bona fides of the importing organisation, the areas of its operations; its financial sources; the status of the donor, the nature, value and quantity of the goods imported; the food and sartorial habits of the people amongst whom the imported goods are to be distributed; that the goods are bona fide gifts for free distribution to the poor and the needy without any distinction of caste.


Covid-19 News | Today | Banking Hour Revised In Odisha Due To Covid-19 Surge, Check New Timings| NEWS

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of resurge in Covid-19 cases, the customer service hours in all banks across Odisha has been changed. Now, the customer service will be available from 10 am to 2 pm. The revised timing has already come into effect from today and continue till May 15.

Similarly, banking service will remain suspended in all the urban centres bank branches and offices coming under the jurisdiction of ULBs in the State ‘to break the chain of spread of pandemic’, Tarakanta Bhakta, Deputy Secretary of finance department wrote to the General Manager, UCO Bank-Cum-Convener of State Level Bankers Committee Odisha(SLBC).

Administrative offices and branches of banks may function with reduced staff of 50% on rotation basis. However branches having 5 or less staff, suitable decision may be taken by the respective Controlling Offices with regard to staff requirement keeping in view the business of the branch, for effective functioning of the branch and ensure un-interrupted banking service to the public,” the finance department letter said.

The banks have been asked to continue to provide mandatory services like accepting deposits, cash withdrawals, remittance and government businesses and lending related activities. Besides, all banks have been advised to keep sufficient cash in ATMs in all districts.


Covid-19 update | news 2021 |Oxygen Shortage: Centre Bans Use Of Liquid Oxygen For All Non-Medical Purposes

New Delhi: To ensure that there is no lack of oxygen in the Covid-19 hospitals across the country, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday banned use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purpose while directing its manufacturing units to maximise production and make it available to the government for medical purposes only.


The ministry, in an order, stated that the National Executive Committee (NEC), under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, has taken certain decisions to ensure the uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country.

“And whereas, it has been considered necessary to restrict industrial usage of oxygen for ensuring availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country for management of Covid-19 patients and necessary order in this regard was issued on 22.04.2021 to restrict the use of industrial oxygen.

“Now, therefore, in exercise of powers conferred under section 10(2)(I) and section 65 of the DM Act, the undersigned, hereby directs the state/Union Territory governments and state/Union Territory Authorities to ensure that use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and that all manufacturing units may maximise their production of liquid oxygen, and make it available to the government for use for medical purposes only, with immediate effect and until further orders,” the order stated.

Further, all stocks of liquid oxygen should also be made available to the government for use for medical purposes, it said, adding that no exception is allowed.

Centre bars use of liquid oxygen for non-medical purposes - The Hindu

On April 22, the MHA prohibited supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, except those exempted by the government.

The ministry had also issued a directive to states and Union Territories asking them to make sure there are no restrictions in the supply of medical oxygen.

It said that availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is an important pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe cases of Covid-19 and with the increasing cases, the medical oxygen supply will need to keep pace with the requirements of the states and Union Territories.

Empowered Group-II (EG-II) was set up with the mandate for coordinating medical logistics, including medical oxygen, and has reviewed the supply of oxygen for industrial use in order to divert the same to meet the rising demand for medical oxygen in the country and save precious lives.

Accordingly, EG-II had recommended to prohibit the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes by manufacturers and suppliers forthwith from April 22, till further orders, with the exception of nine specified industries.

The recommendations were accepted by the Central government and the said decision, along with the list of nine exempted industries, have been conveyed by Secretary, Health and Family Welfare on April 18, 2021.

Oxygen Shortage: Centre Bans Use Of Liquid Oxygen For All Non-Medical  Purposes | OTV News

The ministry in the order stated that all District Magistrates, Superintendents of Plice and Deputy Commissioners of Police of districts concerned will be personally liable for implementing the directions and ensuring there is no hindrance in oxygen supply.

“No restriction shall be imposed on the movement of medical oxygen between the states and transport authorities shall be instructed to accordingly allow free inter-state movement of oxygen carrying vehicles,” the MHA directive stated.

COVID -19 | Vaccine |2021 |Odisha Govt Announces Free Covid-19 Vaccination For All Above 18 Years

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced free vaccination for all people above 18 years of age.

Addressing the people of the State through video conferencing, Patnaik informed that the State government will shell out Rs 2000 crore from the exchequer to bear the cost of free vaccination for people from 18 to 44 years of age.

The major announcement by the Odisha government will help universal vaccination of around 2 crore beneficiaries in the State.

“If we are not aware of our responsibilities, the government will not be able to fight against the pandemic all on its own. I request everyone to realise this grave situation that we are currently going through. For me each and every life is precious,” Patnaik said.

“I request you with folded hands to religiously follow all Covid appropriate protocols. Wear masks, maintain social distancing at all costs. Until very necessary do not go out of the house,” the CM urged in his speech.

He made it clear in his address that the State government does not favour enforcing lockdown and shutdown-like restrictions at this moment because such curbs are dealing massive setbacks to the economic prospects of the State.

Coronavirus | 2021 | today news |Registration On CoWIN Must For Those Between 18 And 45 Years To Get Vaccine Shot

COVID-19 vaccination: Odisha clocks two lakh jabs on day one of Phase-III  drive- The New Indian Express

New Delhi: Getting registered on the CoWIN web portal and taking an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine jab would be mandatory for those aged between 18 and 45 years as walk-ins will not be allowed initially, official sources said on Sunday.

Those above 45 years can still avail the facility of on-site registration to get vaccinated, they said.

As India witnesses a sudden surge in coronavirus cases, it has decided to allow everyone above 18 years of age to get vaccinated from May 1.

“An increased demand is expected once the vaccination is opened for all. For the purpose of crowd control, registering on CoWIN portal and making an appointment to get a vaccine will be mandatory for those aged between 18 and 45 years. Walks-in will not be allowed in the beginning so that there is no chaos,” an official said

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Registration for vaccination for all those aged above 18 will begin on the CoWIN platform and Aarogya Setu App from April 28. The inoculation process and documents to be provided to get the jab remains the same.

From May 1, the present system of private COVID-19 vaccination centres receiving doses from the government and charging up to Rs 250 per dose from people will cease to exist and private hospitals will procure directly from vaccine manufacturers.

According to the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, COVID-19 vaccination will continue to be free for eligible population groups comprising healthcare workers, frontline workers and population above 45 years of age in government vaccination centres that receive doses from the Centre.

Vaccine manufacturers would make an advance declaration of the price for 50 per cent supply that would be available to state governments in the open market before May 1. Based on this price, states, private hospitals, industrial establishments may procure vaccine doses from manufacturers.

Private hospitals would have to procure their supplies of COVID-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50 per cent supply earmarked, other than the Government of India channel.

“While the Centre has liberalised the vaccination policy, it does not mean that vaccines will be sold in pharmacists or chemist shops in the open market,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had clarified on Wednesday.

The price charged for vaccination by private hospitals would be monitored, he said, adding “The present dispensation where private COVID vaccination centres receive doses from the government and can charge up to Rs 250 per dose will cease to exist.

Vaccine manufacturers would supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the Centre and and would be free to supply the rest to state governments.

All immunisations will be part of the National Vaccination Programme, will be captured on CoWIN platform along with stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres, will comply with adverse event following immunization management and reporting, and all other prescribed norms.