Lockdown-like curbs likely to extend for 15 more days in Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts

While cases witness a noticeable drop, deaths across Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts surge to a new high.

The state of Maharashtra is considering extending the existing lockdown-like curbs across Mumbai & other districts to keep the COVID-19 spread in check. As per Health Department records, the case surge has been clamped to an effective extent in Mumbai by 'Break the Chain' orders and the restrictions are to extend from May 1 to May 15, in all likeliness. A final decision will follow the cabinet review meeting on Wednesday, notified officials.


COVID curbs likely to stretch in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Relief & Rehabilitation Minister clarified, that while there is a dip in the infection rate in Mumbai, the fate of Vidarbha and Marathwada are opposite; cases are still on a rise in these areas. The surge has further been observed in other parts of the state as well, the authority informed. He mentioned that the state is monitoring the situation and a final directive will soon be issued.

Another senior official of the administrative machinery stated that the state will not withdraw curbs at one go. Instead, relaxations will be offered gradually in wake of the swelling coronavirus rise in several prominent regions. Officials have also stated that the prohibitory orders will not be relaxed until Maharashtra gains a grip over the coronavirus infection rate and positivity ratio; when case rise is clamped below 35,000 to 40,000 for a few days.

A wave of rising tolls

While the surging scare of new infections is a concern, the high fatality rate across Maharashtra is yet another pandemic horror. In a stunning development, the total virus fatalities exceeded over the 66,000-mark on Tuesday. The state recorded over 800 deaths for the second time in 7 days, rising from 832 on April 25 to 895 on April 27. The aggregate toll now stands at 66,179 here.

At the same time, the infection tally escalated past the 44 lakh count in the last 24 hours, intensifying the virus ferocity. While the situation in Mumbai remained stable with a marginal increase of new infections to 3,999 from 3,840 cases along with a distinct decline in the death rate, the picture was different across the Mumbai Circle.

This region consisting of Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, in addition to the MMR, not only recorded a rise in new cases but also logged in 118 more deaths, shooting the fatality toll to 22,873. On the brighter side, 67,752 fully cured patients returned home, taking the total to 36,69,548 now and the recovery rate improved from 82.92% on Monday to 83.21%.

COVID vax Phase 3 to be conducted in private hospitals only

The BMC on Tuesday, announced that the third-phase beneficiaries of the COVID inoculation drive, people aged between 18 to 45 years, can get their vaccine jab only at private hospitals. The drive will kickstart on May 1 across the nation, as permitted by the Centre. Currently, there are 73 private hospitals offering the vaccine in Mumbai, out of which, around 26 have received approvals to continue in the third phase. The state is yet to decide on free vaccination of all people. It is to be noted that this exclusivity of jabs at private booths will not be observed for people aged over 45 years of age. They can continue to get the jab at government, municipal or private centres.

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Hackathon by Lucknow's AKTU to find inventive solutions for the ongoing oxygen crisis!

All interested individuals can apply through the registration portal on the university website by May 10 (5 PM).

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'Breathe India' initiative by IIT Kanpur alumni racks up over 3 cr for tackling rife LMO crisis!

After successful operations in Delhi, they are expanding their reach to UP with the help of a Lucknow based NGO.

When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.


Right Walk Foundation in Lucknow to support 'Breathe India' in UP

After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

Successful in assuring widespread relief

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As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

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