India reported 2,59,170 new COVID-19 infections and 1,761 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
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This has taken the total number of positive cases in the country to 1,53,21,089.
There are currently 20,31,977 active cases in the country as of Tuesday.
As many as 1,54,761 people recovered from the virus. With this, the total number of recoveries reached 1,31,08,582 in India.
The death toll has reached 1,80,530 with additional 1,761 fatalities.
As many as 26,94,14,035 samples had been tested across the country up till April 19 including 15,19,486 samples tested yesterday, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in the country stands at 12,71,29,113.
How A Nursing College Is Catering To Covid Patients For Free
A lot of negativity has been spread in the country. People are dying each day. Some are losing their loved ones while some are struggling to save the lives of their loved ones. At such time many people, organisations, NGOs have come forward to save the humanity and people of the country. Among such people, there is Barrister Nath Pai Shikshan Sanstha which runs a nursing and physiotherapy college in Kudal in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg. The college has been converted into a free-of-cost 50-bed Covid-care facility for patients from neighbouring villages and towns.
The college has 50 beds which are arranged in a multi-purpose hall that normally hosts the college events. The computer lab of the college has been converted into a makeshift ICU which is under the surveillance of 2 doctors. The centre has 14 oxygen concentrators and 1 ECG machine which are either donated or purchased from the funds collected.
President of the Sanstha Umesh Galvankar said “With a daily caseload of more than 150, the few government and private hospitals in the area cannot handle so many patients. So that’s why we have converted our college into a covid care facility. We approached the local donors and the government for the funds and permission. Our college doesn’t provide facility to anyone but the who have been prescribed home isolation or those who have been discharged from hospitals after treatment will be accommodated here. 2 doctors, who live within a one-kilometre radius from the college, will monitor the patients and track their reports. Local government authorities have sanctioned medicines, PPE kits and sanitisers for the centre and three resident doctors are set to join them soon. “Everything from their tests and medicines to food is free for the patients.”
Young girls, studying to be nurses, have voluntarily stepped in to care for the patients. Final-year nursing students, set to graduate in three months, started preparing a week ago, conducting drills and setting routines. The centre has also sought the services of senior doctors from Mumbai who conduct tele-counselling regularly to monitor the progress of patients.
The centre organises yoga sessions, psychological counselling and physiotherapy, all led by their teachers of the nursing and physiotherapy college and local doctors. With Covid-19 being a respiratory disease, physiotherapists conduct simple breathing exercises for the patients who have tested negative and are recovering.
The centre plans to run till June 30 and is accepting donations to fund its services aimed at underprivileged patients.
COVID third phase inevitable, prepare for new waves: Centre’s top scientific advisor
A third phase of the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable, claimed K Vijay Raghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India on Wednesday (May 5).
Addressing a press conference, Raghavan said, “A third wave is almost inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus in the country. However, it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves,” said.
Shedding light on the transmission of the new strains of the infection he said, “Variants are transmitted same as original strain. It doesn’t have properties of new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more transmissible as it gains entry, makes more copies and goes on, same as original.”
Raghavan asserted that the vaccines are effective against the new COVID-19 strains as well. “Vaccines are effective against current variants. New variants will arise all over the world and in India too but variants that increase transmission will likely plateau. Immune evasive variants and those which lower or increase disease severity will arise going ahead.”
Further, he said, “Scientists of India and all over world are working to anticipate these kinds of variants and act against them rapidly by early warning and developing modified tools. It’s an intense research program, happening in India and abroad.”
I&C Department sets 24*7 oxygen war room in Jammu
The Industries and Commerce Department (I&C) Jammu established a 24*7 Oxygen War Room at Udhyog Bhawan, Rail Head Complex in Jammu. It got started at noon on Wednesday.
The Oxygen War Room will manage the oxygen distribution across Jammu division and provide oxygen cylinders to covid as well as non-covid patients dealing with responsive problems.
“This war room under the guidance of Director Industries and Commerce will operate 24*7. We have 2 helpline numbers and very soon will have an email helpline too. Medical representatives, CMOs, Doctors and other Fraternities will suggest us about the cases and the requirement of oxygen cylinders.” appointed Nodal officer, Madhur Anand told JK Media
The call centre will have employees in three shifts and ensure every patient with severe problems is provided with oxygen cylinder. This is the emergency helpline for patients with self isolation, comorbidity, asthma or any other disease. Ones who cannot go to the Hospital would be provided oxygen cylinders at home.” He added
The helpline numbers given by the Oxygen War Room are 9469593931 and 9469593933.
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