Coronavirus News Live Updates: PM Modi To Address Nation On Mann Ki Baat Address Today
From PM Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat to India's daily tally and updates on health and administrative fronts, watch this space for news related to Covid-19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio programme on Sunday. The address comes in the backdrop of a brutal second wave of Coronavirus infections that is battering India and stretched the country’s health care system. In the previous Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi urged citizens to take Covid-19 vaccines and said people should commit to the aim of “dawaai bhi, kadaai bhi”.
In the wake of a deepening health crisis, the Centre decided on Saturday to waive the customs duty and health cess on the import of oxygen and oxygen-related equipment for three months with immediate effect. The decision was taken during a high-level meeting chaired by PM Modi.
On Saturday, India recorded 3,46,786 fresh cases of Covid-19 in a new daily high. With 3,46,786 people testing positive out of 17,53,569 tests in the last 24 hours, India’s total Covid-19 tally reached 1,66,10481. The number of deaths recorded in 24 hours, 2,624, too was India’s highest ever, pushing the country’s total to 1,89,544.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court asked the Centre to coordinate with the Delhi government on the issue of making available medical oxygen to hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, observing that citizens cannot be left to die. The court made it clear that the efforts which Delhi government has to make in this regard cannot be trivialised and they should not leave it entirely to the central government. The HC also asked the Centre about is preparedness to deal with the Covid-19 second wave — the peak is expected in mid-May — terming the mounting cases as a “tsunami”.
Complaints against the unavailability of beds and medical oxygen, a life-saving resource for critical Covid-19 patients, have poured in from different states with the onset of the brutal second wave, while the government has stressed that there is a need for everyone to pull in all available resources and work together as a unit to defeat the pandemic.
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