From Lucknow, we showed visuals of an ambulance driver giving oxygen to his mother, who had worked as health worker for 30 years, outside the famous KGMU hospital. The son was waiting for instructions from Covid Command Centre for admission of his ailing mother.
Relatives of Covid patients are being forced to buy vital medicines in black market, there are long queues for lab tests, oxygen cylinders and ventilators are not available. There was this heart wrenching video of a four-year-old boy pushing a stretcher carrying his father, while his mother was dragging the stretcher from the other hand, inside a hospital. There were no ward boys to help.
Let me tell you: Do not fear at all. If you have mild Covid systems, you can recover easily while staying inside your homes by taking medicines on doctors’ advice.
Looking at the massive wartime like efforts launched by Prime Minister Modi to beat the oxygen shortage, I am confident that one will soon find light at the end of this dark tunnel, that has engulfed our nation.
C-17 and IL-76 transport aircrafts of the Indian Air Force have started airlifting big oxygen containers to filling stations across India to speed up distribution of medical oxygen. IAF pilots are working against time to reach deadlines so that sick patients, in dire need of oxygen can be saved.
It took only 17 days for the daily Covid count to jump from 1 lakh on April 4 to thrice that number now. The pandemic is spreading so fast that in many families, most of the members have been tested positive.
From May 1, the vaccination drive will begin on a war footing in India. Like Israel, which has vaccinated more than half of its population and has allowed the opening of schools and lifting of restrictions on wearing masks, a day will come soon, when we, in India, will be doing the same.
On Monday, the Centre announced that all Indians above the age of 18 years will now be eligible to get Covid vaccines from May 1.
Meanwhile, the Kumbh Mela continues in Haridwar, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a special plea to the sadhus to call off the remaining 'snans' and make the Kumbh Mela symbolic this time.
Fourteen states and union territories recorded their highest ever tally on Thursday, with Maharashtra leading by 61,695 cases, Uttar Pradesh 22,439 cases, Chhattisgarh 15,256 cases, Karnataka 14,738 cases, Madhya Pradesh 10,168 cases and Gujarat 8,152 cases. Delhi recorded 16,699 cases.
The daily case count has doubled in the last 10 days, from more than 1 lakh on April 4 to more than 2 lakh today. It took 21 days for the United States to reach the 2-lakh milestone, but the surge in India has been faster.
A total of more than 1,000 Covid-related deaths took place on Tuesday alone across India. The daily casualty figure crossed 1,000 for the first time since October 2 when the first wave was at its peak.
With most of the hospitals in pandemic-hit states almost full with Covid-19 patients, reports are pouring in from different states of bodies piling up in morgues and crematoriums.
The number of fresh Covid-19 cases reached an all-time high on Friday, as India recorded 1,45,384 cases, the highest single-day surge till date, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
The entire nation is presently worried over the fast-spreading Covid pandemic. The situation is worse compared to last year’s peak. On Thursday, the number of new Covid cases surged to 1,31,968 across India, the highest recorded so far.
In the four-page handwritten letter, Vaze alleged that the then home minister Anil Deshmukh, deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Anil Parab asked him to “collect” extortion money. Vaze alleged that Anil Parab asked him to initiate talks with SBUT (Saifee Burhani Improvement Trust) for a “Rs 50-crore settlement” to close an inquiry.
Till Tuesday at 8 pm, over 8.4 crore Covid doses were administered across India. This includes the first dose given to over 5.44 crore people of 45 years and above age.
It was nothing less than a storm in Maharashtra politics. There were straws in the wind about the impending storm.
India TV reporter said, for the last one month, meetings were going on between the district administration, police and local community on whether to allow the yatra to take place or not. There was no yatra after Holi, but after four days, all of a sudden, thousands of villagers came out and took part in the yatra. The local administration was helpless.
On polling day in Nandigram, we showed on India TV, how villagers, both men and women, fearing for their lives, were walking towards the polling booth near their village, with central security forces accompanying them.