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Over ’50’ doctors die of COVID in India — within 24 hours

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) says 50 doctors have died of coronavirus within one day.

The association disclosed this its recent update, adding that over 200 doctors in India have died of COVID-19 as the country battles its second wave of infections.

The announcement of 50 fatalities in a single-count recorded on Sunday, followed the death of K.K. Aggarwal, former president of the association, which occurred on Monday.

IMA said 736 doctors died of the virus during the first wave.

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The figure may, however, represent only a portion of the total number of doctors who have died of coronavirus in India, as the IMA is said to only records deaths among its members.

According to the association, the youngest doctor on the list is 25-year-old Anas Mujahid who died on May 9 after suffering an intracranial haemorrhage soon after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The oldest casualty the IMA says it recorded is of 90-year-old S. Satyamurthy, a retired professor.

J.A. Jayalal, president of the IMA, expressed concern about the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, especially for health workers.

“The second wave of the pandemic is turning out to be extremely fatal for all and especially for the healthcare workers who are at the forefront,” he said.

Most of the doctors who have lost their lives in the second wave are said to be more than 50 years of age, but a considerable number were under 45 years.

The South Asian country is currently battling a major spike in infection rate, with over 400,000 new cases and more than 3,500 deaths recorded within a single-day count in recent times.

While several nations have responded by sending aid in the form of medicines, oxygen concentrators and ventilators, experts believe that a new variant of coronavirus originating from the country is to blame for the recent surge in infection rate.

So far, India has recorded over 25 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 290,000 deaths. TheCableng


More international aid lands in India as Coronavirus death toll hits record

International aid to alleviate India’s dire oxygen shortage arrived in the South Asian nation on Sunday, as its coronavirus death toll climbed to a grim new record.

The country of 1.3 billion reported 3,689 coronavirus deaths on Sunday another grim daily record, with nearly 400,000 new cases of Covid-19 registered across India.

Surges in Brazil and Canada have also highlighted the persistent threat of the pandemic, with the global death toll approaching 3.2 million even as many nations ramp up vaccination drives.

India expanded its vaccination programme to all adults on Saturday, but many of its states are struggling with shortages despite an export freeze for shots produced domestically.

The latest surge in deaths came as medical equipment from abroad including oxygen-generation plants — was flown into the capital New Delhi as part of a huge international effort.

“People are sometimes dying in front of the hospitals. They have no more oxygen. Sometimes (they are dying) in their cars,” said Germany’s ambassador to India, Walter J. Lindner, as 120 ventilators arrived late Saturday.

Long queues were seen at vaccination centres in Indian cities this weekend, with people desperate to be inoculated against a disease that has overwhelmed the healthcare system as well as crematoriums and graveyards.

Social media platforms have been flooded with pleas from people looking for oxygen cylinders, medicines and hospital beds as the Covid-19 wave causes widespread shortages.

The United States, Russia and Britain sent emergency supplies including oxygen generators, face masks and vaccines.

Aid from France reached India on Sunday, including eight oxygen generator plants and 28 ventilators, adding to the ventilators from Germany that arrived the previous night.

The UK, which has already sent 495 oxygen concentrators and 200 ventilators, said it was sending an further 1,000 oxygen ventilators.

A group of British doctors also staged their own intervention by offering long-distance telemedicine from Britain to take the pressure off their Indian colleagues and allow them to concentrate on Covid patients.

New Delhi, one of the hardest-hit parts of India, extended its lockdown by a week on Saturday, and the eastern state of Odisha has also ordered a shutdown.

Anthony Fauci, the top US pandemic advisor, said in comments published Saturday that the whole of India should go into lockdown to fight this wave.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has resisted imposing a national shutdown but many states have imposed heavy restrictions.

A growing list of countries have cut flights from India, with Nigeria on Sunday banning entry to all travellers who have been in the country in the last two weeks, though Nigerians and those transiting in India will be exempt.

Alarm bells are also ringing in other countries in densely populated South Asia.
In Sri Lanka daily infections hit a record on Saturday, with authorities imposing further curbs on movement and activities in parts of the island nation.

“We could face an India-type crisis very soon unless we arrest the current trend of infections,” said chief epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera.

‘We’re tired and exhausted’

Known global infections are approaching 152 million, and fresh waves have also shaken many countries in the Americas.

Brazil, the worst-hit Latin American nation, has crossed 400,000 Covid-19 deaths — second only to the United States — with many of its hospitals pushed to the brink of collapse.

And in Canada, the epicentre is in the most populous province Ontario, where the surge has been so intense that the government sent in the military and the Red Cross to help care for critical patients.

Ontario’s healthcare system is near breaking point, said intensive care nurse Farial Faquiry at Toronto’s Humber River Hospital.

“We’re stretched thin,” Faquiry told AFP.

“We’re tired and exhausted. Just exhausted.”

Party-goers revolt

Although the Covid-19 threat remains in sharp focus in crisis spots around the world, some countries continue to make progress in dealing with the pandemic.
Saudi Arabia said it will permit citizens immunised against Covid-19 to travel abroad from May 17.

And South Africa, the worst-hit nation on the African continent said it was due to take delivery of the first batch of its 4.5 million Pfizer vaccines.

Populations in many countries, meanwhile, are growing weary of virus measures.
Anti-restriction protesters gathered in several European countries on Saturday, including Finland, Sweden, Belgium and Germany.

Belgian police arrested 132 people as they used tear gas and water cannon to break up a banned anti-lockdown party in a Brussels park on the weekend, an official report said Sunday.

One partygoer was knocked out by a water cannon and 14 others were slightly injured — including one struck by a police horse — as riot police brutally dispersed the party on Saturday in scenes echoing a similar gathering in the park a month before.

In France, too, hundreds of people flouted a coronavirus curfew over the weekend with underground parties in at least two cities, while police managed to prevent organisers from staging a mass rave in Paris. Theguardianng

India’s COVID-19 crisis is wake-up call for Africa: AU health chief

The calamitous COVID-19 outbreak in India is a wake-up call for Africa that its governments and citizens must not let their guard down, the disease-control agency of the African Union (AU) has warned.

African nations generally do not have sufficient numbers of healthcare workers, hospital beds or oxygen supplies – and the continent of 1.3 billion would be even more overwhelmed than India if cases surged in a similar way, said John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

“We are watching with total disbelief … What is happening in India cannot be ignored by our continent,” he told reporters on Thursday.

With 1.35 billion people, India has a similar population size to the African continent, yet Africa has weaker health systems, and unlike India does not manufacture significant quantities of drugs or vaccines, he said.

Nkengasong urged Africans to wear masks and avoid large gatherings, warning: “We cannot and should not find ourselves in [India’s] scenario because of the very fragile nature of our health systems.”

He said all political and religious gatherings and parties should be banned for the time being as they “give the opportunity for the virus to spread.”

The AU will convene a meeting with all African ministers of health on May 8, Nkengasong said, to “put everybody on alert”.

Delays in vaccine roll-out

Heeding public health guidance is critical in Africa at the moment because the continent’s roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines has been hindered by the crisis in India, Nkengasong said.

Some 17 million vaccine doses have been administered across the African continent, according to the Africa CDC. Countries that have administered the most jabs are Morocco, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya.

The bulk of the vaccines supplied so far to Africa via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX) have been AstraZeneca shots manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. India suspended its exports of the shot in March to cope with rising domestic demand.

It remains unclear when exports will resume, Nkengasong said on Thursday, warning the situation in India could impact the predictability of Africa’s vaccine roll-out “for the weeks and perhaps months to come”.

Only 43 million tests for the coronavirus have been conducted across the African continent since the pandemic began, the Africa CDC chief said, with a 26 percent drop in new tests conducted in the past week.

Matshidiso Moeti, Africa’s chief official from the World Health Organization (WHO), also warned that African countries must step up key public health measures to help avoid India’s scenario occurring there.

The rate of testing for the coronavirus has dropped in “quite a few countries”, she said, and mentioned seeing data from one African nation in which the proportion of people not wearing face masks has risen to almost 80 percent.

“We are very concerned about the delays that are coming in the availability of vaccines,” Moeti added.

Her WHO colleague, Phionah Atuhebwe, called the delays to vaccine roll-outs “quite devastating for everybody” and said most African nations that received their first vaccine doses via COVAX will reach a “gap” in supply while waiting for second doses as early as May or June.

Atuhebwe also said Africa could benefit from additional supplies if two Chinese-made vaccines secure approval from the WHO next week.

“If we have more vaccines that have been approved for WHO pre-qualification, we know that more of these candidates can enter into our continent without any further issues,” Atuhebwe told an online weekly briefing.

The number of coronavirus cases in Africa has passed 4.5 million – 3.1 percent of the total global infections, including 4 million recoveries and 121,000 related deaths.

According to Africa CDC data, the continent recorded nearly 76,000 new COVID-19 infections from April 19 to 25, an 8 percent decline from the previous week.

India reported more than 379,000 new COVID-19 cases and 3,645 new deaths on Thursday alone. It was the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in the world’s second-most populous country since the start of the pandemic.



NDLEA uncovers cocaine concealed by Nigerians enroute India,Dubai

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) separately arrested two men at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, for cocaine.

A Lagos-based businessman, Onu Oluchukwu Friday, was caught with 1.527 kilogramms of the illicit drug at the Abuja airport.

Adeleke Kazeem Biola was arrested at the Lagos airport with 1.5 kilograms of cocaine during the outward clearance of passengers on Emirates Airline to Dubai.

NDLEA Commander at MMIA, Ahmadu Garba, said Adeleke was intercepted at the departure hall with the drug neatly concealed in a false bottom of his travel bag.

NDLEA Commander at NAIA, Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, said Friday was nabbed during outward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines ET 910 to Addis Ababa and then New Delhi, India.

The 39 years old suspect, a native of Umuaku-Isiochi village in Abia State, was intercepted at the boarding gate screening and referred for scanning.

The passenger proved positive for ingestion and excreted 83 wraps which proved positive for cocaine weighing 1.527kg.

The suspect, who claimed he is into plumbing material business in Lagos, was into Abuja for the purpose of trafficking the drugs.

Friday was to be paid N1.5million on delivery to one Chibuzo Nmadu, a Nigerian based in India.”

NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, has commended the commanders and officers for their vigilance.  


COVID-19: India surpasses US for highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases

India has set a record for the world's highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases.

The nation, the world's third-most infected, on Sunday reported 78,761 new cases in 24 hours, passing the number posted in the US on 17 July.

The rise comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy that lost millions of jobs when the virus hit in March.

An upsurge of Covid-19 in many rural areas continues to be a major concern.

On Sunday, global infections passed the 25 million mark, with 843,000 deaths. The US remains the most affected nation, closing in on six million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University research. BBC


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