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Delhi govt to disburse medical aid of Rs 5000-10,000 to COVID positive construction workers, families

In light of the national disaster and financial crisis caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi government has stepped up its efforts in providing aid, in form of medical assistance to construction workers.  The government will disburse medical assistance for COVID-19 positive construction workers at the rate of Rs. 5000, subject to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per family. The process to claim this disbursal is fair and simple, a member of the family would have to produce RT-PCR report, which will then be verified through the ICMR portal.  To help migrant workers, daily-wage workers and construction workers, Delhi Government has set up 150 food distribution centres in various schools and construction sites across all districts of Delhi. Delhi Government has taken every action in support and aid of construction, migrant and daily-wage workers in time of the COVID-19 crisis. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also made severe efforts and appealed to daily-wage and migrant workers to not leave Delhi as the Delhi Government is doing everything to ensure they are aided. In furtherance to helping construction workers, Delhi Government has also disbursed Rs. 5000 to each construction worker as aid during COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 2,10,684 construction workers will receive the cash-transfer as form of aid, out of which 2 lakh have already received aid of Rs. 100 crores and 11,000 workers will be granted the disbursals in the coming days.  Delhi Government’s commitment to help construction workers did not go unnoticed even last year, in 2020 during lockdown, when Delhi Government disbursed Rs. 5000 to 55,000 construction workers. Many new construction workers were added to the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, due to large drives for registration of construction workers. Currently, there are 1,72,000 workers registered with the Board.

COVID-19: CA final & intermediate exams postponed

HC asks Delhi govt to file an affidavit mentioning the status of the stock of liquid and gaseous oxygen with refillers by 10 am tomorrow.

HC issues contempt notice, asks Delhi govt to take action against erring oxygen cylinder dealers

MP records 13,417 new COVID-19 cases, 98 deaths

Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday   reported 13,417 COVID19 cases, taking the tally of infected persons in the state to 5,25,407, a health official said. With 98 patients succumbing to the viral infection since Monday evening, the death toll reached 5,319, he said.

WHO steps up aid to India to stem COVID surge


The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to help India as hospitals there struggled to cope with a huge surge in coronavirus cases, including bringing in oxygen and other essential supplies.

ADB provides USD 1.5 bn to India to deal with COVID-19

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday said it has provided USD 1.5 billion to India to deal with the COVID19 pandemic.  The institution had announced a package of USD 20 billion in April 2020 to provide financial support to 26 countries to help fight the pandemic, it said in a release.

Karnataka COVID restrictions:  BMTC to operate 150 essential, ordinary services on 95 routes

Inspired by Cummins, Brett Lee donates bitcoin for India’s fight against COVID-19


Inspired by his countryman Pat Cummins’ gesture, former Australian pacer Brett Lee on Tuesday decided to donate one bitcoin (approximately Rs 40 lakh) to help India in its fight against the raging COVID19 pandemic. Cummins on Monday won lots of hearts when he announced a USD 50,000 donation towards the PM CARES Fund for oxygen supplies in India’s hospitals ravaged by a deadly second wave of the pandemic.

Delhi | The overall situation is under control. We have not received any complaints of vandalisation at the hospital. We have held a meeting with the Apollo hospital management and doctors: DCP South-East, Rajendra Prasad Meena

COVID19 | 16,089 new cases and 121 deaths reported in Rajasthan today; case tally 5,46,964 including 1,55,182 active cases

Madhya Pradesh: Seven people including two medical students, a pharmacist, a former nurse and a Civil Hospital employee have been arrested for selling fake Remdesivir injections, say Ratlam Police

PM Modi’s aunt dies during COVID-19 treatment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s   aunt Narmadaben Modi who was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection died at the civil hospital here on Tuesday, the family said. Narmadaben (80) lived in the New Ranip area of the city with her children.

Delhi: COVID patient fails to get bed, dies; family attacks hospital staff

Family members of a woman, who allegedly died due to COVID19 after failing to get a bed at Apollo Hospital in south Delhi, attacked the staff of the private healthcare facility on Tuesday, police said.    However, they said no complaint has been filed in this regard so far. “The hospital received a woman in a critical condition at the emergency in the early hours of Tuesday. Immediate medical attention appropriate to her condition was given by a team,” the hospital’s spokesperson said in a statement.

India Inc come together to ramp up Oxygen capacity and strengthen supply chain




CII sets up Task Force on oxygen supply chains




With unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases and acute shortage of medical oxygen pushing the hospitals in the country to the edge, India Inc has once again come forward to lend a helping hand to strengthen the fight against the pandemic. A host of industry majors have been stepping forward to keep the supply chain moving and augment the availability of medical oxygen in different parts of the country.


 Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has formed a Task Force on Oxygen Supply Chain to work with Central and State Governments to augment oxygen supply by working on domestic capacity enhancement and imports; logistical issues between States including issues of transportation, non-availability of cylinders; policy-level interventions, and so on.


 Companies including the industrial majors like Tata Group, Reliance Industries Limited, JSW Group, Adani, ITC, and Jindal Steel and Power, to name a few, have come forward to help hospitals treating Covid-19 patients by supplying medical oxygen, cryogenic vessels, portable concentrators and generators.


 Commenting on the situation, Mr T V Narendran, President Designate, CII said, “There is a dire need to increase the availability of oxygen and address the logistical issues in transporting oxygen across the country. It is heartening to see that Industry has come forward in such a big way to support the cause and provide solutions in a very short span of time using all possible means. The biggest bottleneck is the shortage of cryogenic containers.  Tatas are importing 36 cryogenic vessels by this month end.  Tata Steel is also supplying over 600 MT medical oxygen from its plants to hospitals”.


 JSW Steel is also currently supplying 1000 tonnes per day and plans to ramp up further. The total supply from all its plants across the country  viz Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in April 2021 is expected to be over 20000 tonnes of liquid  oxygen.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to all State governors and discussed the COVID19 situation. He has asked the Governors to take the state governments into confidence.

Australia will provide emergency medical supplies to India following consultations with the Indian government. The initial package of support includes rapid deployment of 500 non-invasive ventilators, with the capacity to deploy up to a total of 3,000 ventilators: Govt of Australia

COVID-19: OYO launches new feature to provide isolation, quarantine facilities

Hospitality firm OYO on Tuesday said it has launched OYO Care feature on its mobile app where users can book quarantine as well as isolation facilities for COVID19 patients and individuals to support the healthcare system in the country.  In a tweet, OYO Founder and Group CEO Ritesh Agarwal said, “We have launched the OYO Care initiative so that our guests can selfisolate by choosing an OYO next door. Hoping to unburden healthcare workers, patients’ families & contain the spread of the virus by providing safe spaces for quarantine. Stay safe, stay healthy”.

No request made for COVID facilities in five star hotel for judges: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said it has not made any request for creating COVID19 facilities for its judges, staff and their families in a five star hotel.  Taking suo motu cognisance of the news reports which said that 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel in national capital have been converted into a COVID health facility for judges of Delhi High Court on its request, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said,”No communication has been made to anyone in this regard”.

Uttar Pradesh deputy CM Dinesh Sharma hospitalised days after he tested positive for COVID-19


Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday, nearly a week after he tested positive for the coronavirus.  Sharma informed about his hospitalisation in a tweet.

COVID-19:Kerala reports over 32,000 fresh cases, 32 deaths

In the highest single -day surge, Kerala on Tuesday recorded 32,819 new COVID19 cases, pushing the infection count to 14,60,364,while the active cases mounted to 2,47,181, prompting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to term the situation as serious.  Eighty-six health workers were among those who tested positive today.

Delhi COVID beds reserved for judges, angering city gasping for oxygen


Authorities in Delhi ordered a luxury hotel to be converted into a COVID19 health facility for the exclusive use of high court judges and their families, drawing outrage in a city that has no hospital beds or lifesaving oxygen for hundreds of people.

SII, Bharat Biotech informed they can’t supply vaccine till May 20: Maha health minister 

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech have informed that they can’t supply vaccine till May 20. All slots for both Serum Institute & Bharat Biotech booked till May 20, he said. “In constant touch with both Serum Institute & Bharat Biotech for early supply of vaccines, price.”

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