Guwahati, Nov 14, 2016: In the wake of the prevailing currency crisis, the Assam government is mulling extension of the deadline for making payments in scrapped currency notes to help those undergoing treatment at government hospitals, AssamFinance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday.
Although the central government has extended the deadline to accept the old currency notes in government hospitals to November 14, the state government plans to extend the deadline further by another week to help those undergoing treatment in government hospitals, Sarma said.
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“The Central government’s deadline will end tomorrow. Let’s see if the central government extends the deadline further. In case the Centre does not extend this, we might go for extending this by another week,” the Minister said.
The Minister, however, said the same cannot be extended to private hospitals, as the central government had not included the private hospitals in its earlier order. (IANS)
Fourteen-day home quarantine for all Keralites returning from other states would be compulsory, said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, here on Saturday.
“Kerala’s home quarantine protocol has been very effective. Hence top health expert B. Iqbal suggested that in the present context it would be best that those who arrive from within the country and having no symptoms be home quarantined,
According to the state-owned Norka-Roots web portal, around 200,000 people have registered to return and a majority are from neighbouring states and Maharashtra.
We do not anticipate the worst kind of situation in India like other developed countries, which are badly hit by Covid-19 crisis, but still we have prepared the whole country for the worst possible scenario, said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday.
Vardhan while interacting with health ministers and senior officials of north-eastern states, through video conferencing, on the mitigation efforts to address Covid-19 crisis said the fatality rate in the country continues to be around 3.3 per cent and the recovery rate of coronavirus patients have climbed up to 29.9 per cent, and there are very good indicators.
“Doubling rate of cases for the last three days has been about 11 days. For the past seven days the doubling rate has been 9.9. and, for the last 14 days it is 10.7 today… we do not anticipate the worst kind of situation in India like other developed countries, but still we have prepared the whole country for the worst situation,” said Vardhan.
The remarks from the health minister has come on the heels of a statement made in the press briefing by Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary Health Ministry, saying citizens must learn to live with the coronavirus. “As we talk of relaxations to lockdown, we have to deal with the challenge of learning to live with the virus, for this we need to make the required prevention measures a part of our life, through a behaviour change process,” Agarwal had said on Friday.
Vardhan added that currently 843 hospitals are exclusively dedicated for Covid-19 patients’ treatment, which have about 1,65,991 beds. “Across the country, there are 1, 991 dedicated COVID-19 health centres which have 1,35,643 beds. They include isolation as well as ICU beds,” he added.
Vardhan also cited there are 7, 645 quarantine centres across the country. “We have distributed 69 lakhs N-95 masks to various state governments. A total of 32.76 Lakhs PPEs have been distributed to state governments by the centre,” said Vardhan.
The health ministry had emphasized as migrant workers return to their home states, it is essential that all guidelines and precautions regarding infection prevention and management should be followed. (IANS)
The number of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 46,433 on Tuesday morning with 32,138 active cases, despite a 40-days and above lockdown period completed in a bid to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
A total of 12,726 people have been cured and discharged from hospital so far, while 1,568 have lost there life since the first case was reported in January-end.
According to statistics based on Union Health Ministry report, despite the first 21-day lockdown, over 40 districts reported new cases between April 17 and 26.
However, there has also been a steady number of discharge from hospitals. As of Tuesday as some of the country’s 1.3 billion people started enjoying some slack, 32 of the 33 people in Andaman Nicobar island who had so far tested positive for the coronavirus, were discharged from hospital after treatment.
In Andhra Pradesh though the number of cases reached 1,650, out of which 524 have been discharged and 36 have been reported dead.
In the Northeast where some states like Arunachal Pradesh remained a corona-free so far, the number of corona positive people in Assam rose to 43, of whom 32 have been discharged and one death.
The number of corona-affected people has reached 528 in Bihar with 130 discharged from the hospital and four deaths. According to the Health Ministry report, 102 people were reported suffering from the coronavirus in Chandigarh till Tuesday morning while 21 were discharged and one died.
The number of corona victims in Chhattisgarh rose to 58 by morning and 36 have been discharged here.
Delhi is witnessing a steady increase in the cases of COVID-19. According to the data, 4,898 people have been found suffering from the virus so far, out of which 1,431 people have been discharged and 64 died.
Goa remains a coronavirus free state till Tuesday morning. In Gujarat, the figure has gone up to 5,804, out of which 1,195 people have been discharged and 319 have died. Haryana has reported 517 cases with 254 were discharged and six have died.
So far 41 people have been reported to be suffering from this virus in Himachal while 34 of which have been discharged from the hospital with one death. In Jammu and Kashmir this figure has reached 726 and 303 people have been discharged here while eight have died.
There has been a slight increase in Jharkhand. Here 115 people are said to be suffering from this virus with 27 were discharged and three deaths. There were 651 cases in Karnataka, out of which 321 were discharged and 27 have died here.
The number of corona victims in Kerala has reached 500 with 462 have been discharged and four died here. The figure has reached 41 in Ladakh with 17 deaths.
Meanwhile, in Madhya Pradesh, the figure rose to 2,942 and 798 have been discharged, while 103 have died. In Maharashtra, the number of victims reached to 14,541 with 2,465 discharged from the hospital and 583 died.
Manipur still remains a corona-free state. There have been 12 cases in Meghalaya, one in Mizoram and 169 cases in Odisha with 60 were discharged from the hospital and one has died here.
There have been eight cases reported in Puducherry with five were discharged. In Punjab, 1,233 cases have been reported so far, out of which 121 have been discharged and 23 have died. In Rajasthan, this figure has reached 3,061. Here 1,394 people have been discharged from the hospital, while 77 have died.
The number of corona victims in Tamil Nadu rose to 3,530 and 1,409 were discharged with 31 deaths.
Telangana has reported 1,085 cases and 585 have been discharged and 29 have died so far. Meanwhile, 29 cases were reported in Tripura and two were discharged from the hospital.
On the other hand, 60 cases have been reported in Uttarakhand so far, out of which 40 have been discharged. The figure has increased to 2,766 in Uttar Pradesh and 802 people were discharged. There have been 50 deaths in UP alone. The number of victims from Corona in West Bengal has been 1,259, out of which 218 have discharged and 133 have died. (IANS)