The Health Ministry said that the government’s approach in vaccine distribution had ensured that, “90% 1st dose coverage amongst registered Health Care Workers has been achieved and around 84% coverage of 1st dose amongst registered Front Line Workers has been done so far.”
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Delhi govt floated global tender for COVID vaccines to tide over the shortage: Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the Delhi government had floated a global tender for COVID vaccines to tide over the shortage of doses for citizens in the Capital.
Mr. Kejriwal made the comments after visiting the Delhi government’s drive-through vaccination centre at Chhatrasal stadium where the vaccination of those above 45 years of age will be provided for free.
“We have started this centre for 45+ and will start vaccination for 18+ on receiving adequate vaccines. People are highly satisfied with the arrangements made,” Mr. Kejriwal said. – Jatin Anand
TN CM announces relief measures for COVID-19 orphaned children
Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Saturday announced that children who have lost both parents to COVID-19 will be provided with financial assistance of ₹5 lakh as fixed deposit, and the amount will be provided to them with interest when they turn 18 years of age.
The government will bear the educational and accommodation expenses of such orphaned children till their graduation from college. It will also make arrangements to ensure that priority is given to such orphaned children to be accommodated in government homes for children.
For children, who have lost either parent, a relief amount of ₹3 lakh will be given to the living parent. Children who had lost a parent earlier and have now lost the other parent to COVID-19 will be also provided with ₹5 lakh in a fixed deposit.
Delhi to get 5.5 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses for 18-44 age group in June: Sisodia
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said the city government will receive 5.5 lakh COVID-19 jabs for beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group from the Centre in June.
Addressing a press conference here, Sisodia accused the central government of “sitting over” the vaccine distribution system.
The deputy chief minister also alleged “mismanagement” by the central government and sought to know how private hospitals were getting vaccines while states were being told that there are no stocks. – PTI
Assam MLA succumbs to virus
COVID-19 has claimed the second newly elected Assam MLA in less than a week.
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Leho Ram Boro, who represented the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) from the Tamulpur Assembly constituency, passed away at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on Saturday. He was 63.
NCPCR asks States/UTs to upload data of children who lost one or both parents
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked all States and Union Territories (UTs) to upload data of children who have lost either one or both parents to COVID-19 on its portal.
Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani had on Tuesday said as many as 577 children across the country were orphaned after their parents succumbed to COVID-19, citing reports of States and Union Territories from April 1 till March 25.
The announcement by the apex child rights body comes a day after the Supreme Court directed all district officers across the States/UTs to fill data related to children who have lost either one of both parents to COVID-19 within 24 hours on the Bal Swaraj portal under the ‘Covid Care’ link.
Provide rations to sex workers, says Gauhati High Court
The Gauhati High Court has directed the authorities of a district in southern Assam’s Barak valley to provide rations to sex workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
An order was issued to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar district and the Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority on May 28.
Mainland China reports 16 new cases
Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on May 28, up from seven cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday.
No third party authorised to supply Sputnik V vaccine, says Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Reiterating that it has the sole distribution rights of the first 250 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in India, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories on Friday said it has not authorised any third party or intermediary to supply the vaccine on its behalf in the country.
Nor has it entered into any partnership or collaboration with any party to supply the vaccine to residential associations, the pharma major said in a joint statement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
Jayadeva uses wearable device to remote monitor ICU patients
For the last three weeks, doctors at the State-run Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences have been able to remotely monitor 50 patients in the ICU with the help of a wearable, multi-parameter, telemetric monitoring device.
The device, designed and developed by Cardiac Design Labs in Bengaluru is a monitoring system that can record all vital parameters such as ECG, heart rate, respiration rate, SpO2 (oxygen saturation), body temperature and BP without the cuff. The firm has given the institute 50 devices for free.
Intake of foreign medicos capped at 10%
The Tamil Nadu Medical Council has directed all recognised medical colleges in the State to restrict the intake of Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG) to 10% of the sanctioned MBBS seats for undergoing Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI) training.
In an urgent communication, the TNMC said it had observed that the number of FMGs applying for provisional registration in the council to undergo internship was gradually increasing.
(With inputs from our Correspondents and agencies)