Hansal Mehta begins COVID treatment
As several Bollywood celebs continue to recuperate from COVID-19, filmmaker Hansal Mehta feels like he has contracted the virus. These speculations began after he started noticing mild symptoms, including fever and more. He shared on Twitter, “Looks like I’ve also got the virus. Throat, fever and other mild symptoms. Awaiting tests but treatment has begun. Will fight the damn virus.”.
Police on covid-duty use Ranveer-Alia's vans
With Bollywood shoots being halted in Mumbai, vanity vans from the sets are being diverted to the Mumbai police. About half a dozen vanity are now in service of the cops who are on the job as the second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country. Vanity Van owner Ketan Rawal has played the good samaritan and come to the rescue of the Mumbai Police. Rawal, who has been associated with the film industry for over two decades, told ETimes, “I have diverted vans from Rohit Shetty's ‘Cirkus’, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, and Anand L Rai's ‘Raksha Bandhan’ in service of the Mumbai police.”
PIC: Arjun paints in isolation. fans react
Actor Arjun Rampal who recently contracted COVID-19, has been sharing glimpses of his quarantine life with fans on social media. He recently channeled his inner artist and shared a couple of pictures of himself painting on a canvas. While the pictures have now gone viral, netizens continue to wonder who’s behind Arjun’s perfect pictures as he is currently in isolation.
Taapsee on why she is on 'Toxic' Twitter
Taapsee Pannu who is known for being vocal about several issues on social media, called out Twitter as one of the most toxic platforms. However, she also shared what changed her mind amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as she lauded netizens for helping each other online during the difficult times.
Siddhant pens a poem on covid-19 situation
Taking to his social media handle, Siddhant Chaturvedi penned and recited a soul-stirring on the current situation of the covid-19 surge in India. Siddharth captioned the post as, “Ek khayal aaya, Socha share karun, Guzarti Ambulance." He further added, 'My Notes.'
Oxygen supplies run low as India grapples with coronavirus 'storm'
Indian authorities scrambled to shore up supplies of medical oxygen to hospitals in the capital, Delhi, on Wednesday as a fast-spreading second wave of coronavirus stretched medical infrastructure to breaking point, officials and doctors said.
West Bengal elections: EC asks observers to strictly enforce Covid protocols
While many political parties have voluntarily scaled down their poll campaign in West Bengal in view of the Covid surge, the Election Commission has once again asked its observers and poll officers to not only strictly enforce its updated norms on Covid-safe campaigning but to also cancel public meetings/rallies and invoke penal provisions if violations are observed.
Covid-19: SC adjourns regular hearing, miscellaneous matters scheduled for Thursday
Matters shown in the final cause lists of miscellaneous matters and regular hearing matters for April 22 stand adjourned and will not be taken up for hearing in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court informed on Wednesday.
PM Modi wishes people on Ram Navami, asks people to follow Covid guidelines
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on Ram Navami on Wednesday and asked people to follow the Covid-19 guidelines, saying the message of Lord Ram to all of us is that they should follow the appropriate behaviour.
Oxygen supplies run low as India grapples with COVID-19 ‘storm’
India|: New Delhi: Indian authorities scrambled to shore up supplies of medical oxygen to hospitals in the capital, Delhi, on Wednesday as a fast-spreading second wave of coronavirus stretched medical infrastructure to breaking point, officials and doctors said. India, the world’s second most populous country, is reporting the world’s highest number of new daily cases and approaching a peak of about 297,000 cases in one day that the United States hit in January. The latest data released by the health ministry showed there had been 295,041 new infections nationwide overnight and 2,023 deaths, India’s highest in the pandemic. Delhi’s government hospitals reported they only had enough oxygen to last another eight to 24 hours while some private ones had enough for just four or five hours. “We are facing huge problems in oxygen supply but somehow we are managing. Yesterday, it was very critical. We had only four to five hours oxygen in the evening,” said Ronit Kumar, head Biomedical Engineering at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. Replenishment came before dawn on Wednesday, with enough to last through the day, he said, adding they were pushing their suppliers. “Since they are also facing huge requirements, so I don’t know. I have not got confirmation,” he said. Delhi, like large parts of India, let its guard down when the virus seemed to be under control, allowing big gatherings such as weddings and festivals as daily infections fell to fewer than 1,000 during the winter, health experts said. On Tuesday, the city of 20 million recorded 28,395 new cases and 277 deaths, its highest since the pandemic began. Every third person tested for coronavirus was found positive, the state government said, piling the pressure on health infrastructure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India faced a coronavirus “storm” overwhelming its health system and the government was working with state governments and private companies to deliver oxygen with “speed and sensitivity”. “The central and state governments as well as the private sector are together trying to ensure oxygen supplies to those in need. We are trying to increase oxygen production and supply across the country,” Modi said in a televised address on Tuesday evening. ‘Feel your pain’ A source at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, a top private hospital, said staff had a crazy night as they ran short of oxygen but two tankers finally arrived after midnight. The hospital has 12 to 14 hours of oxygen left for 200 patients relying on it, the source added. We were hand to mouth but hoping the supply levels will increase from today, said the hospital source, who is not authorised to speak to media. Modi has faced accusations that his administration did not prepare for the second wave and instead allowed gatherings such as ritual bathing in the Ganges river and political rallies that he himself addressed to go ahead. Thousands of people, very few wearing masks, packed into those meetings. “I feel your pain, those who have lost loved ones,” he said in the Tuesday evening address. People pleaded on social media for help arranging beds, oxygen supplies and the anti-viral drug Remdevisir in Delhi and the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, also in the north. There were no beds for COVID-19 patients in about 80 of 142 hospitals in Delhi, according to government data. Saurabh Mittal, a New Delhi-based businessman, who was trying to help someone get treatment said he called a hospital that a government database showed had beds free but the operator said they were full and could not take anyone. “I told them there is online availability but they said the real-time data showed no beds, Mittal said.