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At least 40 patients have died in Delhi alone in recent days due to a lack of oxygen.

New Delhi:

At least three Oxygen Express trains have arrived today in the National Capital Territory with the vital gas, bringing relief for COVID-19 patients gasping for breath across hospitals, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said. The trains arrived a day after the Delhi High Court expressed its fury over the Central government’s failure to implement its order of ensuring that the city gets it quota of oxygen.

“#OxygenExpress has reached Delhi Cantt from Hapa, Gujarat via Green Corridor to provide continued supply of Oxygen for COVID-19 patients in the capital,” Mr Goyal tweeted this morning.

He also tweeted about another such train arriving from Mundhra, Gujarat.

In a third tweet, he posted the video of an Oxygen Express arriving from Tatanagar, Jamshedpur.

One such train, this time from Angul, Odisha, arrived last evening with a little over 30 tonnes of oxygen. The Oxygen Express trains have been rolled out across the country to ensure emergency supplies of the vital gas amid a major resources crunch that followed the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Such is the situation that scores of patients have died — at least 40 in Delhi alone — in recent days due to hospitals’ inability to provide timely oxygen. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday ordered the Centre to ensure that the national capital received its quota of oxygen by tonight.

“Enough is enough. We will not take a ‘no’ regarding oxygen supply. There is no way that you will not supply 700 metric tonne oxygen immediately. We will not hear anything except compliance,” the court said yesterday.

“You can bury your head in sand like ostrich, we won’t… Are you living in an ivory tower?” the judges said, pointing out that the Supreme Court had also ordered the Centre to provide 700 metric tonne of oxygen to Delhi and not just 490 metric tonne.





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The Jharkhand government on Wednesday extended till May 27 the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19, reported PTI. The decision was taken at a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority, chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

The restrictions were first imposed on April 22 and have already been extended once till May 13. This time, however, authorities have added stricter provisions to the rules.

“The new restrictions include mandatory seven days home or institutional quarantine for people visiting the state barring those who will leave the state within 72 hours,” a state government official said. Inter-state and intra-state buses have been suspended while private vehicles will have to obtain e- passes for plying.

Jharkhand, facing the deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday reported 103 deaths, pushing the toll to 4,085, with maximum fatalities being reported from the state capital Ranchi. The state’s tally of Covid cases climbed to 2,96,895 with 4,365 new infections.

Authorities have already prohibited all indoor and outdoor congregations of more than five people. All education centres and coaching institutions were also shut and all exams have been postponed. Cinema halls, multiplexes, stadiums, gymnasiums, swimming pools and parks, among others, had also been closed in the state.



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PM Modi Reviews Availability Of Oxygen, Medicines Amid Covid Surge

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PM Modi Reviews Availability Of Oxygen, Medicines Amid Covid Surge

PM Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation amid Covid surge. (File)

New Delhi:

The supply of oxygen is now more than three times of what it was during the peak of the first COVID-19 wave, the Prime Minister’s Office said today, noting that production of all drugs, including Remdesivir, has been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks as India battles the nationwide surge in infections.

At a high-level meeting which Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired to review the availability and supply of oxygen and medicines, it was noted that states are being provided medicines in good quantities with the Centre in regular touch with the manufacturers to enhance their production and extend all help needed.

The central government is actively monitoring the supply of drugs being used in the management of COVID as well mucormycosis, a rare fungal infection being reported at some places.

PM Modi said India has a very vibrant pharma sector and the government’s continued close coordination with them will ensure proper availability of all medicines.

The PMO said PM Modi was also briefed about the operations of oxygen rail and sorties by IAF planes besides the status of procurement of oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders as well as the status of plants being installed across the country to produce the life-saving gas.

Amid reports of ventilators lying unused in some states with local authorities blaming quality issues in a few cases, PM Modi said states should be asked to operationalise them in a time-bound manner and resolve technical and training matters with the help of manufacturers.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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Bodies Found Buried In Sand By Ganga River In Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao

Some people do not burn the bodies but bury them in the sand, said the District Magistrate

Lucknow:

Just days after dead bodies of suspected Covid patients were spotted floating on the Ganga river in Bihar and eastern UP, fresh reports have now emerged of multiple bodies found buried in sand at two locations by the same river in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, just 40 km from state capital Lucknow.

Mobile phone visuals from both locations showed many buried bodies with locals looking on, most of the bodies were wrapped in a saffron cloth.

A top government official in Unnao told the media that at least one of the locations is a major cremation spot for three districts, including Unnao, and that there was no confirmation these bodies were of Covid patients.

“Some people do not burn the bodies but bury them in the sand by the river. After I got information, I sent officials to the spot. I have asked them to carry out an enquiry and we will take action,” district magistrate Ravindra Kumar told the media in a statement.

When asked if these bodies were of Covid patients in the vicinity, the official said information so far does not indicate this.

Dead bodies washed up on the banks of Ganga were sighted in eastern UP’s Ghazipur on Tuesday. “We have got the information. Our officers are present on the spot and an investigation is underway. We are trying to find out where they came from,” MP Singh, the Ghazipur District Magistrate, was quoted by news agency ANI.

Hindus revere the Ganga as the holiest of rivers but consigning bodies to it is not part of any religion’s traditions, including Hinduism.

Locals believe the shortage of wood for funeral pyres might be one reason why corpses are being abandoned in this manner.

They have also said no arrangements are being made for the last rites by officials, and that the stench continues to haunt them, triggering health concerns.

Many believe the abandoned bodies can be linked to deaths that have not made it to official Covid figures in what may be a proof of an escalating Covid crisis.



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