Union Home Secretary, Ajay Bhalla Wednesday asked the J&K government to immediately identify locations for two temporary 500-bedded COVID-19 hospitals, one each in Srinagar and Jammu even as it told the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to submit the corresponding estimates for setting up the facilities.
The directions were passed by the Home Secretary while chairing a high-level meeting for reviewing the establishment of the two COVID-19 hospitals, a J&K government handout said this afternoon.
Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir B V R Subrahmanyam, FC Health Atal Dulloo, Union Secretaries of the concerned departments and officers from DRDO, ITBP, and AFMS Institute participated in the meeting.
The Chief Secretary informed that the UT has witnessed a consistent surge in patient-load over the past few days.
Although the existing health care facilities were “adequately catering to the needs of patients”, “a continuation of this upward trend may lead to a shortage of COVID beds”, the CS told the meeting.
In order to successfully mitigate shortages in medical facilities, the J&K CS requested that the temporary DRDO COVID hospitals be constructed well in time.
He further requested that the upcoming hospitals must be equipped with isolation beds having oxygen support and 125 fully equipped ICU beds.
Assessing the requirement of dedicated COVID infrastructure in the Union territory, the Union Home Secretary asked the government of Jammu and Kashmir to immediately identify suitable locations for constructing 500-bedded hospitals while asking DRDO to evaluate and submit corresponding proposal estimates through a team of experts.
The meeting was informed that the government of Jammu & Kashmir has identified two patches of land in Jammu and Srinagar for early start of construction work.
Pertinently, in the past, the Defence Research and Development Organization has built 1000 bedded temporary COVID hospitals across the country in approximately 12 days each.
As per the government handout, the construction of two 500-bedded hospitals in J&K “will greatly reinforce medical infrastructure for dedicated COVID care in the Union territory”.
COVID-19 news: Admin issues Fresh Guidelines/instructions
JK government on Sunday extended the Corona curfew for a week in 20 districts of the UT. Earlier the curfew was supposed to end at 7 am on Monday i.e 10th of April but now the curfew will remain imposed till 17th May. In between the Samba administration, issued guidelines for the corona curfew. No major change is seen in the order.
Samba Administration has issued guidelines under Section 144 of CRPC 34 of the section, Disaster Management Act and Section 2nd Epidemic Disease Act.
The guidelines issued are –
● All the permissible services in Corona curfew will function from 6 am till 10 am. These services include – medicine shops, testing labs, medical and clinical establishments, cattle feed and fodder, agricultural tools, seeds and pesticide shops, banks, ATMs, cash vans and insurance offices, petrol pumps, LPG agencies, fair price shops and FCI godowns, Wholesalers dealing with essential items, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and FCI mandis.
● There will be no hindrance to the smooth movement of goods and essential supplies, nomads migrating with herds.
● There shall be no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of essential goods on NH-44 stretch and other routes of Samba.
● All the employees will be only allowed to travel if they’ll be carrying an authorized ID card.
● Local retail grocery shops catering to local residential areas and mohallas, fruits and vegetable shops, milk and dairy shops, meat and chicken shops will be allowed to operate daily between 6 am to 10 am.
● Social Gatherings such as marriages that were earlier 50 have been now restricted to 25 while 20 persons can attend the last rites. For attending marriages invitation cards shall be treated as curfew passes.
Also, the administration has mentioned in the order that anyone found violating the guidelines shall be punishable under the above-mentioned sections.
No Covid-19 related deaths in THESE states in last 24 hours
Good news: Not even a single person in these states lost their life due to COVID in the last 24 hours. Death rate also decreased.
Good news has come out from 4 states amidst Corona surge in the country. In these four states, no death reported from Corona in the last 24 hours.
Not only this, according to the Union Health Ministry, in 20 states and union territories, the population of 10 lakhs is below the national death average . However, it is higher than the national average in 16 states.These states have not lost their lives in the last 24 hours.
In Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Lakshadweep and Dadar, no one died of corona in the last 24 hours. Now this is a real news of relief.
However, 4092 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours due to the epidemic. 71.75% of the total cases in 10 states.There have been 56578 cases in the last 24 hours in the country.
However, the maximum number of 71.5% cases has been reported in 10 states. At the same time, Maharashtra has the highest number of 56578 cases. While 47563 cases were reported in Karnataka and 41971 in Kerala. So far, 30.22 crore investigations have been done in the country. While the corona infection rate is 21.64%. There are 37 lakh cases active cases in the country so far.
This is just 16.76% of the total cases. National death also decreased.
Death rate in the country is steadily decreasing .It is currently 1.09%. In the last 24 hours, 4092 people have died in the country.
The number of death are increasing as the number of positive cases of corona virus are also increasing. But the deat rate is quite low, which is a sign of relief in this ongoing pandemic.
These states and UTs are doing well in terms of controlling the spread of virus. The administration has taken effective measures and provided proper medical facilities as well. Other states and UTs must check these states and learn from their working, especially where the cases are maximum.
School Teacher dies of COVID-19 in Jammu
Renu Virender, a senior music teacher at the Presentation Convent Girls School in Jammu succumbed to the covid-19 virus.
According to sources, the Teacher wasn’t well since last few days. Her colleagues had urged the Principal to let her stay at home. However, the Principal, Sister Hema didn’t consider the matter serious and despite all this, called the Teacher to School.
The Lieutenant Governor, last month, had clearly instructed the Teachers to give online classes from Home. Opposing the Governor rules, the Teacher lost her life due to Principal’s negligence.
People opposed this act and demanded justice for Renu. Many have requested FIR against the School Authorities on the basis of Disaster Management Act.
Renu Virender’s Husband Harvinder Singh is fighting for his life in ICU at Government Medical College. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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