India’s total Covid cases crossed the 2 crore-mark with over 3.57 lakh new infections on Tuesday. 3,449 people died of the infection in 24 hours, pushing the total fatalities to 2,22,408. The deadly second Covid wave has wrecked havoc on India’s healthcare system.
The country’s total caseload of over 2.02 crore Covid infections is the second highest tally globally behind that of United States and ahead of Brazil.
Meanwhile, in stern remarks, the Allahabad High Court Tuesday observed that the death of COVID-19 patients just for non-supply of oxygen to hospitals is a criminal act, “not less than a genocide” by authorities entrusted the task to ensure the oxygen supply chain is maintained.
The remarks were made on some news items doing the rounds on social media regarding the death of COVID-19 patients due to lack of oxygen in Lucknow and Meerut districts. The court also ordered a probe into the incidents.
The central government has revised the country’s coronavirus-testing rules to reduce pressure on diagnostic labs amid a spurt of coronavirus cases. “Healthy” inter-state travellers and Covid patients being discharged from hospitals after recovery must not be tested, it said.
The centre said the over 2,500 labs in the country are working under tremendous pressure because of the rapidly growing caseloads.
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Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested one person for selling empty packets of COVID-19 vaccine in Indore.
The accused person, identified as Suresh Yadav, was arrested by the Vijay Nagar Police after he cheated relatives of coronavirus patients worth Rs 2 lakh in the name of providing a vaccine.
According to Sub Inspector Suresh Kumar, the relatives of the family had met Suresh on social media where he promised them to provide the vaccine.
Amid the devastating COVID-19 crisis in the country, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has transported 180 empty cryogenic oxygen containers and other relief material like oxygen cylinders, oxygen plant equipment, essential medicines and hospital equipment, reported news agency ANI.
The Airlift of the IAF’s RAMT (Rapid Action Medical Team) and medical officers and personnel of the Indian Navy has also been undertaken.
A total of eight C-17, four IL-76, ten C-130, and 20 An-32 aircraft, as well as Mi-17V5 and Chinook helicopters, have been employed by the IAF and have together clocked over 360 hours of flying.