Health Ministry on June 15 said that India has gone beyond the mark of 26 crores for COVID-19 vaccination dose, provided to 18-44 age groups. According to a report, around 13 lakh people registered for first dose of vaccine while only 54,375 people signed for second dose. However, among the healthcare and frontline workers approximately one crore people vaccinated for first jab and only around 70 thousand took the second one.
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As the incidents of violence against doctors are increasing, the Indian Medical Association on June 7 approached PM Narendra Modi to ensure the safety of the health care workers. The IMA has requested PM Modi to intervene "to stop the continuous and ongoing physical and mental assault on doctors." Besides favouring universal free vaccination program, it also asked to book those who were spreading false information about inoculation.
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The Karnataka government has announced the resumption of vaccination drive for the people aged 18-44 from May 22. Earlier, the drive was supposed to start on May 12. According to the government, the frontline warriors will be given the first preference, followed by other eligible groups in the state. However, the district authorities will decide the number of vaccination sites and vaccinations to be given per day.
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As a proactive step, food delivery App Swiggy on May 20 has started the vaccination drive for its driver partners in-order to fight against Covid19. However, the decision comes days after the company decided to vaccinate over 2,00,000 delivery partners. Covering the entire cost of the drive, Swiggy also said that it will encourage its employees to get vaccinated as they are considered as essential service providers.
A report by the Institute of Perception Studies has revealed that on each day in April 2021, at least three journalists have succumbed to COVID-19 on an average in India. Shockingly, in May, the average jumped to four deaths. As per the report, 238 journalists have died from April 2020 to May 16, 2021. Meanwhile, Telangana, with 39 deaths of journalists, is the worst-suffering state, followed by Uttar Pradesh (37).
Newly-sworn Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin has announced an assistance of Rs 25 lakh for the families of 43 deceased frontline workers who fell victims to COVID-19. Additionally, the cabinet, on May 12, announced cash incentives of Rs 30,000 for doctors and nurses, Rs 20,000 for trainee doctors and PG doctors. Other workers, like those operating ambulance and CT scans, will get cash assistance of Rs 15,000 for April-June.
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on May 4 became the new entrants to declare journalists as frontline workers. Karnataka CM Yediyurappa said, "Our government has decided to consider journalists as frontline workers and accord priority in vaccination against COVID-19." Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu's soon-to-be CM MK Stalin echoed the same sentiments. Six states - West Bengal, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand - have already declared… read-more
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The Odisha government on May 2 recognized the state’s working journalists as frontline workers amid COVID battle. Announcing Rs 15 lakh ex-gratia for the kins of COVID-19 infected deaths of scribes, CM Naveen Patnaik informed of covering 6,944 journalists under the Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana. Under the scheme, the government will provide health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh. Notably, over 11 journalists have succumbed to COVID-… read-more
At least 37 doctors from Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. While 32 are isolated at home, the remaining five have been admitted to the hospital. Reportedly, most of the doctors are young and had taken the vaccine jab as well. The authorities have also started contact tracing. Witnessing spike in the COVID-19 cases, Delhi has reported over 7,000 cases for the first time in 2021.
Investors Clinic has collaborated with real estate developer Supertech to provide interest-free residential plots/apartments to the COVID-19 warriors. Reportedly, the projects located along Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida will be given to eligible applicants at only 30% booking amount with 0% interest. Besides, the properties offered at below 30% market rate will provision 35 interest-free instalments. The eligibility list includes… read-more
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