Addressing reports of lack of oxygen, the Health Ministry said in a statement that mapping of oxygen cylinders has been done State-wise and use of industrial cylinders for providing medical oxygen has been permitted after due purging.
The Health ministry is placing orders for purchase of another one lakh oxygen cylinders, it added.
Here are the latest updates:
In Mumbai, 5-star hotels to house non-critical COVID-19 patients
In Mumbai, the BMC and private hospitals will jointly identify 4-star and 5-star hotels to set them up as step-down facilities for COVID-19 patients. These step-down facilities will be used to shift patients who do not require emergency medical intervention.
This is being done to ensure patients who are critical, need oxygen or ventilator get bed in private hospital.
In addition, BMC has issued a notification ordering conversion of Jaslok Hospital in to COVID-19 hospital only. Non-COVID-19 patients will not be admitted here.
COVID case update
Over 2 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases in India, 1038 new fatalities
The number of new coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high with over 2 lakh infections being reported in a day, while the active cases surpassed the 14- lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
With the new cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 1,40,74,564.
A total of 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases have been registered in a span of 24 hours, while death toll increased to 1,73,123 with 1,038 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 3, 2020, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.
Registering a steady increase for the 36th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 14,71,877 comprising 10.46% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 88.31%. – PTI
Rajasthan imposes 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew from Friday
Amid a surge in coronavirus infection cases, the Rajasthan government on Wednesday decided to impose a night-long curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the entire State from April 16.
The night curfew was declared earlier in 10 urban areas of the State but with the spread of infection showing no sign of abating, the State government decided to enforce the regulatory measure in the entire State.
The order imposing the night curfew in the entire State was issued on late on Wednesday evening.
“Night curfew will be there from 6 in the evening till 5 in the morning and markets will be closed by 5 p.m.,” the government order said.
According to the new guideline, all educational and coaching institutes and libraries too will remain closed from April 16 to 30.
The number of guests in private functions, marriages and other social gatherings has been restricted to 50.
The directions related to the marriage and social functions will apply from April 16 to May 31, the order said. – PTI