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Delhi Reports 19,953 New COVID-19 Cases, 338 Deaths In Last 24 Hours

Delhi Covid-19 Cases: The total count of cases in Delhi has gone up to 12,32,942.

New Delhi:

Delhi reported 19,953 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours according to the health bulletin issued by the national capital on Wednesday morning.

While 18,788 people have recovered from the disease, 338 people succumbed to the disease during the period. 75,654 tests were done during the period.

The total count of cases in the city has gone up to 12,32,942.

A total of 11,24,771 people have recovered from the disease in the national capital so far, while the death toll has mounted to 7,752.

According to the health department, there are 90,419 active cases in Delhi while 1,74,39,261 tests have been conducted so far.

The Union Territory has a positivity rate of 26.73 per cent.

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Premier League: Manchester United’s fixture pile-up is a crime, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said forcing Manchester United to play three Premier League matches in five days was a “crime” ahead of Thursday’s rearranged fixture between the two sides.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes ahead of his side’s 2-1 home defeat by Leicester on Tuesday, which confirmed Manchester City as champions.

But the result also gave Leicester, now in third, a nine-point advantage over deposed champions Liverpool, who are scrambling to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Klopp’s side, who have two games in hand over Leicester, are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, having played a game fewer.

“I said it 500 times that with all the things that happened, and the protests at Manchester, to play Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday is a crime,” Klopp said on Wednesday.

“It is. But it is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the players. My question to myself was: ‘Would I have done the same?’ Yes. You have to. You have to.”

Klopp said Premier League bosses had failed in their objective following the postponement of the United-Liverpool clash earlier this month as a result of protests at Old Trafford against US owners the Glazers.

“The explanation from the Premier League was that no other team should suffer because of the things (protests) that happened in Manchester,” he said.

“Let me say it like this – that didn’t work out pretty well. A little bit West Ham (in fifth place), a little bit Liverpool (suffered).

“But if we don’t qualify for the Champions League it is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team selection or the Premier League, it is our fault.”

Klopp was fulsome in his praise of Pep Guardiola’s achievement in winning the league title for the third time in four seasons, hailing him as the “best manager in the world”.

It is a ninth European league title as a manager for Guardiola, who won three La Liga crowns with Barcelona and the Bundesliga three times with Bayern Munich.

“A great achievement, congratulations,” said Klopp. “I texted Pep last night and Ilkay (Gundogan, a player Klopp managed at Borussia Dortmund).

“It was a very difficult year for the whole world, for football teams as well, and what they achieved so far this year is exceptional.”



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Leaders of 12 opposition parties on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the government to provide free vaccines for all citizens and to procure urgent supplies from overseas as the coronavirus rampages through the country, The Indian Express reported.

The leaders also demanded that authorities suspend the Central Vista Redevelopment Project and instead divert the money to buy oxygen and vaccines, supplies of which are running dangerously low. The construction at the site in Delhi has been deemed an “essential service”, meaning work continues even during the lockdown.

Besides, the politicians once again urged the Centre to repeal the three agricultural laws which, they claimed, will help protect lakhs of protesting farmers from becoming the victims of pandemic.

The signatories to the joint letter included, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, DMK chief MK Stalin and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury.

The politicians blamed the central government for the devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which they said had “assumed unprecedented dimensions of a human catastrophe”.

The leaders said they had repeatedly drawn the government’s attention to the various measures that were “absolutely imperative” in order to rein in the pandemic. But “unfortunately, your government has either ignored or refused all these suggestions,” they told Modi. “This only compounded the situation to reach such an apocalyptic human tragedy.”

The politicians put forward nine main demands, which they said should be undertaken “on a war-footing” by the government.

“Procure vaccines centrally from all available sources – global and domestic,” they said. “Immediately begin a free, universal mass vaccination campaign across the country. Invoke compulsory licensing to expand domestic vaccine production. Spend budgetary allocation of Rs 35,000 crores for the vaccines.”

The opposition leaders demanded giving all jobless at least Rs 6,000 per month and a free distribution of foodgrains to the needy, saying over one crore tonnes of foodgrains are currently “rotting in central godowns”.

They also urged the government to release all money held in the “unaccounted private trust fund, PM Cares” to buy more vaccines, oxygen and medical equipment required.

India has reported more than 3 lakh cases a day every day for the past three weeks, since April 22. On May 1, it hit a new record by crossing the 4-lakh mark, the highest single-day tally by any country in the world. This was surpassed on May 7, when India recorded 4.14 lakh daily cases. So far in May, India’s daily tally has crossed the 4-lakh mark on five days. Thousands have died every day, but reports allege that the government is severely undercounting Covid-19 deaths.

The brutal second wave have left the country’s healthcare system on the brink of collapse, leading to shortages in oxygens, hospital beds and medicines. The government is now trying to arrange supplies from abroad.

Many people have died in ambulances and car parks waiting for a bed or oxygen, while morgues and crematoriums are overflowing with bodies. The surge in infections has coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations because of supply and delivery problems.



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Oxygen Concentrators Prices Should Be Fixed To Prevent Black Marketing: Court

It was “high time” that Maximum Retail Price of oxygen concentrators be fixed, court said.

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court Wednesday told the Centre it was “high time” that Maximum Retail Price of oxygen concentrators and other equipment in demand for COVID treatment was fixed to immediately stop their hoarding and black marketing.

The high court made the observation while issuing contempt notices to all the persons named in the cases filed after May 2 in connection with hoarding and black marketing of medicines and equipment required for treating COVID-19, and directed them to appear before it virtually on May 19.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said the notices would be served to the accused through the police stations where the cases have been registered.

It said the notices would also go to those persons whose names were added in the 40 odd cases during the course of the investigation.

The high court passed the direction after it was informed by advocate Sanjeev Sagar that in the hearings before the trial courts, in connection with these cases, the public prosecutors as well as the judicial officers appeared to be unaware of the May 2 order of the bench to book those engaged in hoarding and black marketing.

The high court in its May 2 order had also said that such individuals, booked for black marketing and hoarding be brought before it for taking contempt of court action against them.

The bench was then informed that a trial court has said that offences cannot be “made up” against such individuals and the option was to book them for contempt of court if they are selling medicines or equipment at exorbitant rates.

The bench was shown media reports which said that the concerned trial court, while hearing the anticipatory bail filed by businessman Navneet Kalra in connection with the seizure of oxygen concentrators from his upscale restaurants, had said that first a law has to be made to regulate the prices and people cannot be penalised in a hurry because the high court wanted steps to be taken.

Amicus curiae and senior advocate Rajshekhar Rao said the trial court cannot be blamed as Maximum Retail Price has not yet been fixed for a majority of the imported equipment and the central government has to inform the high court what steps it has taken.

Mr Rao said a lot of people will escape prosecution in the long run as no maximum retail price has been fixed for the imported medicines and equipment for COVID treatment.

The lawyer for the central government said the issue was under consideration and sought time to inform the bench as to what decision has been taken.

The high court said that as early as June last year the process to fix prices of domestic and imported oxygen concentrators and other equipment was started, but was left unfinished.

“It is high time that MRP of oxygen concentrators and all of the other equipment in demand (for COVID treatment) be fixed so that black marketing and hoarding is immediately stopped.

The court asked Mr Sagar to prepare a note on the issue of price fixation, for informing public prosecutors and judicial officers in the subordinate courts, and said it will be circulated by the Delhi government.



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