Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has started supplying Oxygen from its refinery in Gujarat's Jamnagar to Covid-19 hospitals in the state of Maharashtra. Following an "oxygen scarcity" caused by the increase in Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra will receive 100 tons of oxygen from RIL at no cost. The company is diverting oxygen streams meant for petroleum coke gasification units, after making it suitable for medical use.
Evaluating huge surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, the Director for Public Health Dr. Srinivas Rao on April 14 made a consequential caution to the state people. He urged people to wear masks and follow COVID-19 protocols. "The situation might get worsened in the next four to six weeks, despite the government’s complete efforts. If the same situation prevails, it would be difficult to accommodate beds (for COVID-19 patients) in the… read-more
The Maharashtra government has postponed the grade X and XII Maharashtra state board examinations to May and June, 2021 respectively. Citing fresh surge in the COVID-19 cases, the state’s education minister Varsha Gaikwad in a video message said, "We will ask the other boards to follow decision that the state board has taken." The board exams for HSC and SSC were earlier scheduled to start from April 23 and 29.
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Mumbai BMC on April 12 announced the plan of setting up three jumbo field hospitals in the next five to six weeks in-order to handle increased COVID-19 cases. The jumbo fields, with 2,000-bed capacity, each will serve in three locations. Reportedly, Four-star and five-star hotels will be used as COVID Care Centres. However, Nodal officers will be appointed to monitor ward rooms and jumbo field hospitals.
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Maharashtra’s Jalgaon police have sealed a company for stuffing discarded masks instead of cotton to make mattresses. Reportedly, the police also discovered piles of used masks in the factory, which later were burned by cops. Following a tip-off, the cops raided the factory located in Jalgaon, around 400-kms away from the state capital Mumbai. Moreover, an FIR has been registered against the factory owner Amjad Ahmed Mansoori.
The Union government’s COVID-19 review teams has red-flagged Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh government for mismanagement in vaccination drive. Visiting 30 worst affected districts in Maharashtra,11 in Chhattisgarh and nine districts of Punjab, the team reported malfunctioning ventilators, sub-optimal surveillance and contract tracing. Besides shortage in healthcare workforce and attacks on health workers, they shockingly revealed couple… read-more
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A fire outbreak in Nagpur's private hospital has killed four people, injuring some others on April 9. Reportedly, the fire broke out on the second floor of the hospital around 8:10 PM from an air conditioner unit in the ICU. Fire extinguishing teams rescued four patients from the burning floor while six managed to escape themselves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief over the tragic accident.
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NIA sources on April 9 said Sachin Vaze was "planning another big act" after the Antilia bomb scare. The agency is also connecting the dots to decipher whether ex-cop Pradeep Sharma helped Vaze. Meanwhile, it stated Param Bir Singh was being questioned as a witness and not a suspect in the case. Earlier, a special NIA court sent Vaze to judicial custody and granted CBI an access to his diaries.
Twenty-six vaccination centers are closed in Mumbai due to the shortage of vaccines. Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated, on April 7, the vaccine doses are only enough to last for three more days. On April 6, in Satara district, the health centers have run out of vaccine doses and had to send people back. The health ministry stated they are waiting for more vaccine doses from the Center to arrive.
The Maharashtra Education Department (MED) is considering whether the exams of HSC and SSC must be postponed by a few weeks, citing the sudden surge of covid-19 cases in the state. Though they haven't made a final decision yet, however, students and teachers are urging the government to conduct the exams in May for the safety of the students. A decision is expected to be made by April 9.
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