Coronavirus News Live Updates: First 'Oxygen Express' Train Leaves For Vizag From Maharashtra

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Coronavirus News Live Updates: Delhi government has announced a one-week long curfew till next Monday at 5 am from 10 pm on Friday amid rising Covid-19 cases in the state. “I always say all of Delhi is like a family. Even now we will face it together. We have won earlier, we will win again,” Kejriwal said in a press conference. The chief minister said that there was indeed a shortage of oxygen and medicines like Remdesivir. “Delhi’s health system is stretched,” he said. Kejriwal appealed to migrant workers, “This is a small lockdown, don’t leave Delhi.”

Dr Randeep Guleria said in a press conference “One year ago we tried a lot of drugs. And what we have learnt is this. Remdesivir doesn’t have any mortality benefits. Remdesivir doesn’t decrease mortality. It is useful in only hospitalisation. Only moderate illness. Has limited role.”

He also said, “Plasma not of much use. Very limited role.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with pharma companies and leading doctors in two separate video conferences today. He will interact with doctors on video conference at 4:30pm and with pharma companies at 6 pm.

The Covid-19 surge continued on Monday with India recording 2,73,810 new coronavirus cases and 1,619 deaths in 24 hours. The active cases in India stand at 19,29,329. The total number of cases stands at 150,61,919. So far, 129,53,821 people have recovered from the virus in India.

Maharashtra has declared six states — Goa, Kerala, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Gujarat— as sensitive origins. Those travelling from here will need to carry a negative RT PCR report. They will be stamped and have to go under home quarantine for 15 days. A fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed in case of a violation.

As the situation pertaining to coronavirus in Delhi continues to grow grim, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to meet Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal at 11 am today. According to sources, more curbs, including weekday curfews, are likely to be announced in Delhi post meeting. Meanwhile, Kejriwal has also written to Union Minister Piyush Goyal saying that oxygen meant for Delhi is being diverted to other states. Delhi on Sunday logged the biggest jump in its daily Covid-19 tally with 25,462 fresh cases, while 161 people died due to the disease in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate also shot up to 29.74 per cent. Around 20,159 people have recovered from the infection. There are a total of 74,941 active cases in the national capital and the death toll jumped to 12,121.

Kejriwal had last week announced a weekend curfew to curb a worrying surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi. Kejriwal said in a video address, "The weekend curfew will break the Covid-19 chain in Delhi. These curbs are for your safety. We will beat this fourth Covid-19 wave with your help."

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