The United Kingdom has announced to impose its strictest travel curbs on India after an explosion of coronavirus cases in the country. The announcement was made on Monday, shortly after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called off a scheduled trip to New Delhi.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that it will be effective from 0300 GMT on Friday, India will be added to Britain’s “red list” of countries, banning all arrivals from India except for the UK or Irish nationals.
“We’ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the Red List. This means anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident, or a British citizen cannot enter the UK if they`ve been in India in the previous 10 days,” Matt Hancock told Parliament.
“UK and Irish residents and British citizens who`ve been in India in the past 10 days before their arrival will need to complete hotel quarantine for 10 days from the time of arrival.”
The move was taken as a precaution while the COVID-19 variant first identified in India was assessed. Asked whether vaccines being rolled out in Britain worked against the variant, Hancock said he could not give that assurance but was looking to establish an answer as soon as possible.
“The core of my concern about the variant first found in India is that the vaccines may be less effective in terms of transmission and/or in terms of reducing hospitalisation and death,” he said. “It is the same concern that we have with the variant first found in South Africa, and is the core reason why we took the decision today.”
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his planned visit to India next week due to the coronavirus situation there.
Johnson, who admitted it was ‘frustrating’ but ‘only sensible’ to call off the visit, will instead speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month to launch their plans for the future UK-India partnership, with their physical meeting expected later in the year.
“Narendra Modi and I have basically come to the conclusion that, very sadly, I won’t be able to go ahead with the trip,” Johnson told reporters, during a visit to Gloucestershire soon after the Downing Street announcement.
“I do think it’s only sensible to postpone, given what’s happened in India, the shape of the pandemic there. Countries around the world including our own have been through this. I think everybody’s got a massive amount of sympathy with India, what they’re going through,” he said.
“PM Cares Fund Ventilators in GMC Jammu to be audited”, Dr. Jitendra Singh
PM Cares Fund Ventilators in GMC to be audited as ordered by Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh. He has called for the audit of ventilators under Prime Minister Cares Fund at the Government Medical College in Jammu.
After continuous efforts of JK Media to reach out to PMO about the ventilators condition in Jammu region, Dr. Jitendra Singh called for a high level meeting on a short notice. As per reports, he issued an order of daily bulletin on Covid situations and ventilators in Jammu.
“Called for Audit of Ventilators and Oxygen, regular issue of bulletin updating about the status of COVID management and keeping the public representatives informed about what is being done.” Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Facebook post read
“Engage services of UG/PG Medical students, Nursing students and Retd. Doctors/Paramedics and ask GMC doctors to surrender their rooms/chambers in Chopra Nursing Home so that the same could be used as Covid chambers.” it added
The meeting was attended by Advisor Sh Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Financial Commissioner Sh. Atal Dullu, Divisional Commissioner Sh. Raghav Langar, GMC Principal Dr. Shashi Sudan with others.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
COVID: Jammu and Kashmir reports 4,509 new COVID cases and 65 deaths
COVID: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 4,509 new COVID cases, taking the tally in UT to 2,29,407, while 65 COVID deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours pushing the death toll to 2,912 in the Union Territory, officials said.
Out of the fresh COVID cases, 1,759 were reported from Jammu division and 2,750 cases were from the Kashmir division, they said.
The number of active COVID cases has reached 51,542 in the Union Territory, while 1,74,953 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The death toll due to the COVID reached 2,912 as 65 fresh fatalities – 46 in the Jammu region while 19 in the Kashmir valley were reported in the past 24 hours.
The officials said that Srinagar district recorded the highest number of COVID cases that is 863 cases, followed by 621 in Jammu district and 377 in Baramulla district.
Meanwhile, police have arrested 145 people and lodged 92 FIRs for violating COVID guidelines and realising fine to the tune of Rs 1,09,200 from 678 people for violating the COVID guidelines in the Kashmir valley, a spokesman said.
This man sold his Rs. 22 lakh car to help COVID patients breathe.
Today everyone is doing their best to help each other in this time of crisis, there are some Real Heroes who are going beyond the expectations and out of the way to serve the nation.
Not only this, but this Covid hero has so far helped over 4,000 people with oxygen supplies and managed to procure as many as 160 oxygen cylinders for the needy since last year and the internet is going crazy for his spectacular work.
He is Shahnawaz Sheikh, a resident of Malad in Mumbai. This young man sold his prized Ford Endeavour SUV worth Rs 22 lakh last year to buy oxygen cylinders for the people in his locality, who were crippled by the oxygen crisis.
Heroes like Shahnawaz Sheikh are the need of the hour where the country is badly facing shortage of oxygen cylinders, beds, ICUs, Ventilators, Medicines and other necessities.
Now, he has also set up a control room and a team who are working day and night in order to coordinate and communicate effectively over phone call with those in need of help.
They are currently receiving 500 -600 phone calls every day, which were earlier just 50. Though it is a matter of concern that the cases, deaths and demand for supplies have increased manifolds.
Shahnawaz and his team explain the procedure to help people with the oxygen cylinders and after usage, the empty ones are sent back to them.
The second wave of coronavirus has caused a grim situation in every corner of the country.
He is now popularly known as the Oxygen Man in his locality and he has been working tirelessly to help make the supply of oxygen available to patients through just a phone call.
The 31-year-old’s resolve to help the helpless during times of such unprecedented crisis was strengthened after his friend’s wife passed away last year due to lack of oxygen in an auto-rickshaw.
This prompted Shahnawaz to sell his prized Rs 22 lakh Ford Endeavour to raise money to buy oxygen cylinders. He was able to procure 160 of them and started working to help people.
Shahnawaz Sheikh is one of the many such coronavirus warriors who have been fighting and uniting the society during the pandemic and trying to provide the life-breathing supply to people.
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