Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing Chief Ministers online on Thursday, April 8, 2021, pointed out that during the last year when the pandemic first hit, the country was facing challenges of not having either enough testing labs, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits, ventillators and oxygen. Intensive testing, testing 100% in well-defined micro containment zones, tracing at least 30 contacts of every positive case and ensuring that all eligible people were vaccinated was the strategy required, Mr. Modi said.
“Now, at least we have the experience and access to these resources when we take on this second wave,” he said.
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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday asked people to compulsorily wear mask for next 14 days if they wanted to avoid a lockdown in wake of second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
In an address to people, Mr. Patnaik said, “we have to wear mask for next 14 days. If we adhere to wearing mask strictly for 14 days, it will become a habit of entire life. We have to pledge that we sport mask properly and not hang it in the neck. We will cover nose and mouth with mask completely. We won’t venture out without mask.”
Emphasising on role of women in making wearing of masks a habit, the Chief Minister said, “mothers should ensure that their children wear mask when they go out. If mothers remain on the alert, COVID-19 cannot enter any home. Government is guarding outside, mother should protect homes.”
Mr. Patnaik said lockdown was not right approach to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. “In the first wave of COVID-19, we were forced to take strict steps including frequent lockdown and shutdown. While general public faced huge inconvenience, the local businesses hampered. Now, many States have started imposing lockdown and shutdown in wake of rapid spread of COVID-19 infection. If we wear mask, we can avoid lockdown and shutdown,” he said.
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National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Friday said he has tested positive for COVID-19.
"For a year I did my best to dodge this damn virus but it's finally caught up with me. I tested positive for #COVIDー19 this afternoon. I'm completely asymptotic. Based on medical advice I'm self-isolating at home & monitoring my parameters like oxygen saturation levels etc," he said in a tweet. His father Farooq Abdullah had tested positive for coronavirus last week and is now recuperating from the infection. - PTI
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the stock of coronavirus vaccine in the state will finish in next two days and urged him to immediately provide at least 30 lakh doses. In a letter to the PM after a video conference with him on Thursday, Gehlot said the state has administered 86,89,770 doses till 7 April.
"The present stock of vaccine in Rajasthan will finish in next two days. Therefore, it is requested that at least another 30 lakh doses of vaccine be provided to us immediately so that the momentum that we have built up can be maintained and maximum eligible beneficiaries can be vaccinated at the earliest," he said. - PTI
An 11-day 'yagna' (ritual fire) against coronavirus began at the famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh on Friday morning.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
"Seventy-seven Hindu priests took part in the yagna," temple's assistant administrator and public relations officer R.K. Tiwari told PTI over phone.
Sahara group Chairman Subrata Roy Sahara has tested positive for coronavirus.
Amidst the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Mr. Roy has appealed to everyone that the priority should be to "stay safe and take care of people around us", according to a release.
As per the release, Mr. Roy, who is the Managing Worker and Chairman of Sahara andhar bahar game Pariwar, has tested positive for coronavirus.
No fresh COVID-19 case has been reported in 149 districts in a week, while eight have not registered any new infection in a fortnight, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday even as daily cases hit a record high of 1.31 lakh.
Chairing the 24th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 through a video link, he said more than 9.43 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country till Friday morning.
More than three crore vaccine jabs have been administered to senior citizens, the health minister said. - PTI
The railways on Friday said there is no plan to curtail or stop train services and assured passengers that trains will be provided on demand amidst reports of migrant workers rushing to their hometowns, reminiscent of the days following the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma assured the passengers that there is no dearth of trains and the railways is ready to put them into service on a short notice.
"There is no plan to curtail or stop train services. We will run as many services as required. There is no cause for alarm. We can run trains immediately on demand if there is any rush. This rush is normal during the summer season and we have already announced trains to clear the rush," he said at a press briefing. - PTI
In a bizarre incident, three elderly women were recently administered rabies vaccine when they went to get COVID-19 jab in Kandhla area of Shamli in western Uttar Pradesh.
According to local sources, the incident came to light when one of the women felt side-effects such as dizziness and nausea after being inoculated. When she approached a private doctor, she showed him the slip handed over to her at the community health centre. It mentioned she was given rabies vaccine. - Anuj Kumar