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COVID-19 Cases Likely To Rise Further, Virus Yet To Peak: Kerala Chief Minister

Kerala Covid: In the last 24 hours, 1,42,588 samples had been tested. (File)

Thiruvananthapuram:

As Kerala’s per day COVID-19 surge crossed over 37,000 on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the virus would take some more days to peak in the second wave of the infection and cases could soar further.

The state should expect an increased spread of the disease due to the high Test Positivity Rate (TPR), which was 26.08 per cent today, Mr Vijayan told reporters here.

“The TPR is still high, indicating that it will take some more time for the disease to reach its peak in Kerala.This needs to be reduced significantly,” he said.

Kerala logged 37,190 fresh cases today, 118 of them health workers and 26,148 people have been cured. The total caseload has mounted to over 17 lakh, recoveries to 13.39 lakh and the active cases touched 3,56,872.

Fifty-seven recent deaths were confirmed due to Covid and the count has climbed to 5,507.

In the last 24 hours, 1,42,588 samples had been tested.

According to Mr Vijayan, the state currently has a stock of 2.4 lakh vaccine doses which will only last a maximum of two days.

“Four lakh doses of Covishield and 75,000 doses of Covaxin are expected to arrive today.As of May 3, we have a stock of 270.2 MT of liquid oxygen and 8.97 MT of medical oxygen cylinders. We currently need 108.35 MT of oxygen per day and steps are being taken to ensure oxygen availability.”

Though the state had so far received 73,38,860 doses of vaccine from the centre, it could vaccinate more people as from each vial vaccines were used carefully.

“Each Covid vaccine vial contains up to ten doses and one additional dose to factor in wastage.We received 73,38,860 doses from the Central Government and we could use it for 74,26,164 doses,” he said.

“We were able to give the extra dose as well.These figures show that we have already provided more than what the central government had given. We were able to deliver the vaccine with such care, thanks to the ingenuity of the healthcare workers, especially nurses.”

The CM also complimented the healthcare workers for the achievement during this crisis.

Kerala was one among the few states that reported zero Covid vaccine wastage.

The problem the state was now facing was non-availability of vaccines. The Centre should either be prepared to give free vaccines to those over 45 years of age or ensure adequate supply of vaccines to enable the states to procure them, the chief minister said.

Kerala has written to the Union government several times to solve the vaccine shortage, Mr Vijayan said.

A study conducted by the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital has pointed that 56 per cent of people were getting infected from their homes.

The government has also issued ”showcause notices” to private hospitals that have still not set apart 50 per cent of the beds for treatment of Covid patients.

Kerala has gone for stringent restrictions from today to May 9 in addition to the weekend lockdown, he said.

The extension of the restrictions and imposition of full lockdown will be decided after a review at the end of this week, Mr Vijayan said.



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Delhi weather: The air quality in Delhi was recorded in the “moderate” category.

New Delhi:

The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 21.7 degrees Celsius, five notches below the season’s average, on Sunday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The maximum temperature is expected to settle around 41 degrees Celsius, it said.

The relative humidity was recorded 53 per cent and a partly cloudy sky has been predicted during the day.

The air quality in Delhi was recorded in the “moderate” category. The air quality index (AQI) was 165 at 8.05 am, real-time data of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.

The maximum and minimum temperature on Saturday were 39.3 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius, respectively. 



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9.36 am: India registers 3,11,170 new coronavirus cases today, pushing the country’s tally of infections since the pandemic began to 2,46,84,077. The toll rises by 4,077 to 2,70,284. The number of active cases stand at 36,18,458, while the recoveries climb to 2,07,95,335.



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The police in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday arrested 21 people for expressing solidarity with Palestinians and holding protests against Israel’s military actions in Gaza, The Hindu reported.

The police called the demonstrations an attempt “to engineer and incite violence on streets” of the Valley. Inspector General Vijay Kumar told The Hindu that 20 people were booked in Srinagar and one was held in Shopian.

The crackdown came a day after protests were held in Srinagar’s Padshahi Bagh and Safa Kadal areas, where a small group burnt an Israeli flag and drew graffiti in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. The families of those detained alleged that the police conducted midnight raids against the protestors, according to The Hindu.

Among those arrested included Kashmir-based artist Mudasir Gul, who was held for painting pro-Palestinian graffiti on a bridge in Srinagar on Friday. The artwork showed a woman wearing a scarf made of a Palestinian flag and a tear tricking from her eye, with the words: “WE ARE PALESTINE.” The graffiti was later painted over by police, according to The Kashmir Walla.

Besides Gul, a Muslim cleric, Sarjan Barkati, was was taken into preventive custody on Friday for violating Covid-19 lockdown. However, unidentified officials told The Print the preacher’s detention came after a video of him extending support to Palestine surfaced on social media.

The Hindu reported that Barkati had “addressed people during Id [Eid] prayers” and “prayed for Palestine”.

The police in a statement said they were keeping a “close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order” in Kashmir. The statement said police were “sensitive to public anguish” but wouldn’t allow its “cynical encashment” to “trigger violence, lawlessness and disorder”.

“All irresponsible social media comments that result in actual violence and breaking of law including COVID-19 protocol will attract legal action,” the police added.

Israel’s actions in Palestine

At least 139 people, including several children, have been killed in Gaza since Israeli attacks began earlier this week, the AP reported. Israeli military said the airstrikes were in retaliation for the Palestinian militant group Hamas firing rockets into Israel, but experts have pointed out that the escalation was a result of Tel Aviv’s own actions in Sheikh Jarrah.

At the heart of the conflict is an Israeli Supreme Court hearing, which was due on May 10, in a long-running legal case about whether several Palestinian families would be evicted from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighbourhood near Damascus Gate that was given to Israeli settlers.

As the court hearing neared, Palestinians and Left-wing Israelis began holding larger demonstrations, saying more evictions could cause a domino effect throughout the overwhelmingly Palestinian neighbourhood.

Tensions escalated when Israeli security forces firing rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at worshipers gathered at Al-Aqsa mosque on May 7. On May 15, the country’s military demolished a high-rise building in Gaza housing the offices of Al Jazeera and the AP.

Multiple countries have condemned the violence. India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said New Delhi was deeply concerned about the clashes and violence in Haram Al Sharif and Temple Mount and the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods. India has called on both sides to avoid changing the status-quo on the ground.





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