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India Covid: Government says 'double mutant' linked to surge

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image captionIndia says "double mutant variant" responsible for deadly Covid wave
India has said a "double mutant variant" of the coronavirus first discovered there in March may be "linked" to a deadly second wave there.
Samples containing the mutant - or B.1.617 variant - have been found in several states with high case numbers.
An official with the National Centre for Disease Control said however, that they had still been unable to "fully" establish a correlation.
A double mutant is when two mutations come together in the same virus.
The government's top scientific adviser also warned a third wave is inevitable.

India sees record Covid-19 deaths, new cases in 24 hours

India saw record new jumps in Covid-19 cases and deaths on Thursday, dashing tentative hopes that the catastrophic recent surge was easing.

India Covid: Is the second wave slowing down?

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By Shruti Menon
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India has been hit by a huge second coronavirus wave, but its government has said the pandemic is showing signs of slowing down in some regions.
What's happening to infection rates?
India's surge in infections began around mid-March and increased rapidly, reaching a peak of more than 400,000 recorded daily cases on Friday, 30 April.
Over subsequent days the numbers fell, with just under 360,000 on Monday, 3 May - leading to speculation that a peak had been reached.
But in the past few days, they have started to rise again, in line with a weekly pattern of fluctuations that shows the numbers usually dipping on a Monday.

Deaths due to oxygen shortage no less than genocide: HC | India News

A COVID-19 patient who breathes with the support of an oxygen cylinder arrives at a government hospital, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
PRAYAGRAJ: Expressing its strong displeasure over death of Covid patients allegedly due to shortage of medical oxygen in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad high court on Tuesday said the authorities responsible for procurement and supply of the gas are committing criminal acts that are "not less than a genocide".
While hearing a suo motu PIL on media reports that Covid patients had died in Lucknow and Meerut due to lack of oxygen, a bench of Justice Siddhartha Varma and Justice Ajit Kumar said: "We are at pain in observing that death of Covid patients just for non-supply of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen."

India Covid deaths may double in coming weeks, warn forecasters

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While coronavirus cases can be hard to predict, particularly in a sprawling nation like India, the forecasts reflect the urgent need for India to step up public health measures like testing and social distancing. Even if the worst estimates are avoided, India could suffer the worlds biggest Covid-19 death toll.

Oxygen supply India: PSUs mount huge O2 op in fight against Covid | India Business News

India Business News: New Delhi: Public sector enterprises, which are often seen as not so nimble compared to their private sector counterparts, have mounted a massive oper.

Covid-19: Tanzania bans flights to and from India

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Cargo planes and those undertaking operations related to humanitarian, diplomatic or medical assistance are exempted from the ban.

Inox Air Products: Lockdowns can cut spread: O2 co Inox

India Business News: New Delhi: At a time when the country gasps for breath due to the pandemic and oxygen remains in short supply across many cities and towns, top suppli.

LISTEN: #CarolOforiExclusive: India crisis - "India has 5 beds for 10,000 Indians!"

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In this informative second insert of touching down on #COVIDEmergencyIndia, Carol Ofori speaks to Dr Chayanika Uniyal, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi, who is also currently working as National Secretary of Mahila Congress. 
With the world up in arms about the new variant of the COVID-19 virus in India, we come to you with a burning desire to find out what the streets of India, particularly Delhi, look like. 
In this second interview, Carol Ofori interviews Dr Chananika Uniyal, who is in Delhi and is seeing things as it happens. She started off talking about the high volumes of infections and that the real numbers are maybe five to ten times more than the recorded numbers, as well as the system not being able to cope with the situation. 

Covid: Indian delegates pull out of UK talks after cases detected

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INDIA'S foreign minister has been forced to pull out of attending the G7 meeting in London in person after two positive coronavirus cases were detected in the country’s travelling delegation.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will participate virtually in the event after coming into contact with the suspected cases, although he has not tested positive.
Although India is not a G7 member, it had been invited to attend the meeting of foreign ministers as a guest.
There are strict coronavirus security measures in place at the Lancaster House summit, which is the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers for more than two years.

Report: San Diego County records first India variant COVID-19 case

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Report: San Diego County records first India variant COVID-19 case
San Diego County officials say the first India variant case in the county was a woman hospitalized in April.
Jermaine Ong
and last updated 2021-05-05 18:07:12-04
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- As San Diego County makes progress with COVID-19 vaccinations and lowering case rates, some concerns are being raised about a new virus variant.
County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that the county recorded its first case of the India variant.
A county spokesperson confirmed to ABC 10News that the case involved a woman in her 20s who was infected and hospitalized in early April.

Philippines Detects Cases of Highly Contagious COVID-19 Strain First Found in India

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The Philippines has detected its first half-dozen cases of a highly infectious coronavirus strain originally identified in India, the health department announced Wednesday, as the government widened a COVID-19 ban on travelers arriving from South Asian countries.
The six people were among 110 passengers who arrived in the Philippines from India before April 27, when Manila closed its borders to travelers from India or those who had visited that country within 14 days before landing in the Philippines, the health department said.  
“As to these Indian travelers that were quarantined upon arrival here before the restrictions were imposed, 110 of them underwent testing and six turned out to be positive, and it is now submitted to the Philippine Genome Center for whole genome sequencing,” department spokeswoman Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

Lockdown, massive vaccination drive: Fauci's advice to India amid Covid-19

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Lockdown, massive vaccination drive: Fauci's advice to India amid Covid-19
Lalit K Jha
'It is quite obvious to everyone that the situation in India is extremely serious,' Dr Fauci, who is considered one of the world’s top infectious disease specialists said
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Washington: Expressing concern over surging coronavirus cases in India, America’s top public health expert and White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Monday recommended a nationwide lockdown, massive vaccination drive and the construction of a large number of makeshift hospitals.
“It is quite obvious to everyone that the situation in India is extremely serious," Dr Fauci, who is considered one of the world’s top infectious disease specialists, told PTI in an interview.

Covid: India tops 20 million cases amid warning of 'horrible' weeks ahead

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Covid: India tops 20 million cases amid warning of 'horrible' weeks ahead
Filed on May 4, 2021 | Last updated on May 4, 2021 at 08.20 am
Infections in India are rising faster than anywhere else in the world, a solemn reminder the pandemic is far from ending.
Covid-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible.”
India’s official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially have passed 220,000.

India Covid-19 cases breach 2 crore mark

India Covid-19 cases breach 2 crore mark
It is the 13th straight day when India recorded more than three lakh cases
Tuesday May 4, 2021 10:25 AM, with inputs from IANS
New Delhi: India on Tuesday recorded 3,57,229 fresh cases and 3,449 fatalities in the last 24 hours taking the total caseload to 2,02,82,833, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in its daily briefing.
It is the 13th straight day when India recorded more than three lakh cases while over 3,000 casualties have been reported for the past seven days.
India's total tally of Covid-19 cases Tuesday crossed 2-crore mark and stands at 2,02,82,833 with 34,47,133 active cases and a total of 2,22,408 deaths so far.

You can help, donate what you can: 'Split' actor James McAvoy's appeal to fans amid massive Covid surge in India

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›You can help, donate what you can: 'Split' actor James McAvoy's appeal to fans amid massive Covid surge in India
You can help, donate what you can: 'Split' actor James McAvoy's appeal to fans amid massive Covid surge in India
You can help, donate what you can: 'Split' actor James McAvoy's appeal to fans amid massive Covid surge in IndiaPTI
Last Updated: May 04, 2021, 10:30 AM IST
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In his video message, the 42-year-old star said one of his friends is seeking to send help to India as quickly as possible.
LONDON: Hollywood star James McAvoy has made an appeal to his fans and followers to send out donations to India as the country struggles with the "massive" shortage of oxygen during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rahul Gandhi Says Only Full Lockdown, NYAY Income Guarantee Can Beat Corona Now

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Rahul Gandhi has said that the government of India simply "doesn't get it".
Mr Gandhi also said, "GOI's inaction is killing many innocent people."
In the past 24 hours, India has reported more than 3.57 lakh fresh cases
New Delhi:
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today hinted that steps taken by the central government till now will not be able to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging India. He also accused the government of causing loss of life through its inaction.
"The only way to stop the spread of Corona now is a full lockdown - with the protection of NYAY for the vulnerable sections," Mr Gandhi tweeted today, prefacing the statement with, "GOI (Government of India) doesn't get it."

India Covid crisis: French oxygen generators set up at hospital serves thousands of patients

India Covid crisis: French oxygen generators set up at hospital serves thousands of patients
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India Covid crisis: French oxygen generators set up at hospital serves thousands of patients
In normal circumstances it would have taken months, but with the Covid crisis raging across India, a generator that can fill 48 cylinders (of 40 to 60 litres of oxygen) was despatched from France to India and installed at a hospital in Delhi, all within 48 hours.
The French Embassy in Delhi emailed Narayana healthcare, the private hospital chain, that its government wanted to donate an oxygen generator for its Bangalore facility. The hospital responded by saying that it could be of use in Delhi. The next day, the French government flew the consignment, which landed at Delhi airport early on Sunday morning.

COVID-19: Plasma men of Rayagada on mission to save precious lives

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Express News Service
BHUBANESWAR: B Venkatesh (31) of Rayagada has been donating blood for the last several years. But he realised the importance of plasma therapy after he had to arrange it for his uncle, who after getting infected with Covid-19 was admitted to a hospital in Visakhapatnam on April 7. 
Venkatesh, who works as a training and placement officer at an engineering college in Rayagada, has formed a WhatsApp group to connect the donors with beneficiaries. While undergoing treatment, Venkatesh’s uncle again needed plasma and one of his friends helped him arrange a donor. “I was infected in November last year. Though I have been donating blood for the last several years, I realised the importance of plasma therapy only after I had to arrange it for my uncle, who was critically ill from Covid,” he said. 

Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla pledges $10 million for oxygen supply in India

Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla pledges $10 million for oxygen supply in India
PTI | Updated: May 3, 2021, 09:23 IST
Vinod Khosla has pledged USD 10 million for supplying medical oxygen to hospitals in India. File photo: BCCL
HOUSTON: Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla has pledged $10 million for supplying medical oxygen to hospitals in India amidst an unprecedented second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Taking to Twitter, the 66-year-old venture capitalist said that there was a need to save lives as further delay may end up in more deaths.
"For @GiveIndia this isn't enough. They've received requests for 20,000 oxygen concentrators, 15,000 cylinders, 500 ICU beds, 100 ventilators, 10,000-beds Covid centres with requests coming from non-profits & hospitals all across India every day. We need to do a lot more urgently," Khosla said on Sunday.

India registers over 3L new Covid cases for 12th day in a row

India registers over 3L new Covid cases for 12th day in a row
India recorded more than 3 lakh cases while over 3,000 casualties have been reported for the past six days
Monday May 3, 2021 1:09 PM, IANS
New Delhi: India continued to report a dip in the number of Covid cases with 3,68,147 fresh cases and 3,417 fatalities recorded in last 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said here on Monday.
It is the 12th straight day when India recorded more than 3 lakh cases while over 3,000 casualties have been reported for the past six days.
"India Covid-19 Active Cases"
India's total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 1,99,25,604 with 34,13,642 active cases and a total of 2,18,959 deaths so far.

The big question: Can India find a way out of its Covid nightmare?

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The big question: Can India find a way out of its Covid nightmare?
The big question: Can India find a way out of its Covid nightmare?By Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg
Last Updated: May 03, 2021, 02:20 PM IST
"To bring things under control, you want to vaccinate more people on a daily basis than the number of new infections. Remember that a person who gets the first shot today will get the second shot in four to six weeks, and will need two more weeks to develop full immunity. So somebody who starts vaccination today will take two months to develop protective immunity."

India Covid pandemic: Delhi calls for army help amid crisis

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image captionDelhi hospitals are struggling to cope with huge numbers of Covid patients
The authorities in the Indian capital Delhi have called for help from the army as the city grapples with a brutal second wave of Covid-19 cases.
Hospitals in the city are in crisis, with intensive care beds full and an acute shortage of medical oxygen.
Delhi's government wants the army to run Covid care facilities and intensive care units.
Across India, case numbers since the start of the outbreak are closing in on 20 million.
The country has seen more than 300,000 new cases a day for nearly two weeks straight while deaths stand at 220,000.

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