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All time high COVID deaths in J&K, govt asks doctors to frequently round wards + more top news stories

RTO Kashmir among 33 KAS Officer Transferred

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday ordered the transfer of 33 KAS officers in the interest of the administration with immediate effect. According to an order issued here, Narinder Singh Bali, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Youth Services and Sports Department has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development available vacancy. Read more on The Dispatch.     

Covid: J&K logs highest single-day spike of 73 deaths since pandemic outbreak

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir on Monday reported record 73 single-day COVID-19 deaths while 3,344 more people contracted the virus in the last 24 hours. As per the government data, 1,916 of the fresh cases were reported from Kashmir division and 1,418 in Jammu in the last 24 hours. Of the 73 fresh fatalities, 54 of them have been reported in Jammu division alone while 19 were reported in Kashmir taking the overall tally in J&K to 3,222. Read more on The Dispatch.


Karnataka receives 4.25 lakh vials of Remdesivir from Central govt

New Delhi:  Karnataka received 4.25 lakh vials of Remdesivir from the Central Government yesterday. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda informed media persons in Bengaluru today that the Central Government has supplied 76 lakh vials of Remdesivir to all the states since April 21st and Karnataka has received 10 lakh vials. Read more on The Dispatch.     


Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus not operating any flights till 8 pm due to extreme rainfall forecast

New Delhi:  In view of the extreme rainfall forecast for the entire Konkan region, including Mumbai for the next few hours, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has decided not to operate any flights till 8 pm. Railway Police have informed that local trains are running late by 20 to 25 minutes. Harbour line services were disturbed for some time but now restored. Metros are running as per schedule. Read more on The Dispatch.


Spike in COVID-19 mortality: Govt asks senior doctors  at GMC Jammu to make frequent rounds of wards

JAMMU: Amid a spike in COVID-19 mortality rate in Jammu, the J&K government has ordered senior faculty members of GMC Jammu to make frequent rounds of wards where the COVID positive patients are admitted. Read more on The Dispatch.


Avail vaccination of two doses at interval of twelve weeks: Microbiologist

Srinagar: With prolific sampling of people for SAR COV2, the work pressure on GMC Microbiology Lab has also increased manifold but everything is being managed very diligently and smoothly by the  concerned GMC administration  and Laboratory Staff while working without relenting, said Dr Lenah Bashir, Lecturer Microbiology, Government Medical College, Srinagar. Read more on The Dispatch.


Rates fixed for HRCT scan by private imaging centres in Jammu

Jammu: Authorities in Jammu on Monday fixed the rates for High-Resolution Computed Tomography scan amid a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases. The rates were fixed on the recommendation of a three-member committee which was constituted last week following complaints of exorbitant rates being charged from patients undergoing radiological imaging for detection of the novel coronavirus infection, officials said. Read more on The Dispatch.

PM speaks to doctors about their learnings, suggestions on COVID-19

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with doctors from across the country about their learnings and suggestions on COVID-19, government sources said. They said Modi spoke to groups of doctors involved in COVID care through vide-conferencing. The doctors were from various regions, including the northeast, and Jammu and Kashmir. Read more on The Dispatch.



COVID curfew: Restrictions continue in Kashmir, Srinagar witnesses traffic jam

Srinagar: Majority of the people remained confined to their homes as strict restrictions continued for the 19th successive day on Monday following extension of COVID curfew till May 24 to curtail the spread of virus in Kashmir valley though traffic jams were witnessed at some places in the summer capital, Srinagar. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Ex SSP dies due to COVID in Srinagar, DGP condole demise

Srinagar: A retired Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) on Monday died due to COVID-19. He was 69. Meanwhile, a police spokesman said this evening that Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh and police pariwar have condoled the sad demise of Mohammad Yaseen Bhat, a retired SSP who died today due to COVID-19. Read more on The Dispatch.     


Political parties lash out at admin over shortage of COVID vaccines in Kashmir

Jammu: Hitting out at &K administration over ‘acute shortage of COVID-19 vaccines’ in Kashmir valley, all political parties have urged the government to pool its resources in order to make vaccines available to the general public. Read more on The Dispatch.


ONGC to procure one lakh oxygen concentrators on behalf of Govt of India

New Delhi:  The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited has been given the responsibility to procure one lakh oxygen concentrators on behalf of the Government of India. This step has been taken to help the country tide over Oxygen shortage during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The cost of procurement will be borne by the Government. Read more on The Dispatch.



COVID-19: 7 Oxygen Plants from Munich Reach Srinagar

Jammu: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seven oxygen plants reached Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir at 12:45 pm on Monday from Munich, Germany. Lieutenant General of the union territory Manoj Sinha took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his intervention. Read more on The Dispatch.     


92 inmates test positive for COVID-19 in two prisons of J&K

Jammu: Ninety-two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in two prisons of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday, and asserted that all the positive cases are asymptomatic and have been isolated in separate barracks.

The latest detection in Udhampur and Kupwara district jails through special Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) screening pushed the active cases among inmates to 115 out of a total of over 4,570 prisoners in all the jails, officials said. Read more on The Dispatch.    



DAK sounds alert over black fungus in Covid patients

SRINAGAR: The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday said a rare but deadly fungal infection called mucormycosis is infecting Covid-19 patients. Sounding alert, DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said if left untreated the disease can be fatal for covid patients. “Cases of mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus are being reported in several states of the country among recovering and recovered Covid-19 patients,” he said. Dr Hassan said chances of fungal infection increase in Covid patients who are diabetic and are taking steroids. “Diabetes lowers the body’s immune defenses, Covid exacerbates it and then steroids act like a fuel to the fire,” he said. Read more on The Dispatch.


Country witnessing declining trend in fresh cases of COVID-19 cases: Dr Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the country is witnessing a declining trend in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases. He said, after the gap of 26 days, less than three lakh new cases have been reported in the country within 24 hours. He was speaking at the 26th Group of Ministers meeting today. On the vaccination drive in the country, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, over 18.29 crore beneficiaries have been administered the COVID vaccine doses in the country so far. He said, based on the deliberations made with the various stakeholders, it has been projected that the country would have procured 51 crore vaccine doses between January and July of this year. He further said, over two billion doses of COVID vaccine would be available for the country by the end of December this year. He said, this would be sufficient to vaccinate every beneficiary above the age of 18 years. Read more on The Dispatch.     



Rajnath Singh reviews actions taken by Defence Ministry & Armed forces in India’s fight against Covid-19 pandemic

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is reviewing the actions taken by the Ministry and Armed forces in India’s fight against Covid-19 Pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch.  


Uttarakhand: Portals of Kedarnath shrine opened today after winter break

New Delhi: In Uttarakhand, portals of Kedarnath shrine were opened this morning with traditional fervor and gaiety after the winter break. Portals were opened amid chanting of Vedic Mantras and performance of other religious rituals. The temple was specially decorated with flowers to mark the occasion.  Only priests and few senior District administration officials were present on this occasion due to Covid-19 pandemic. Social distancing and other covid protocols were ensured during the opening of the portals. Read more on The Dispatch.     



Cyclone Tauktae: Indian navy undertakes swift search and rescue missions in Arabian Sea

New Delhi:  In a swift response to SOS by an Indian vessel adrift in Arabian Sea, a naval helicopter was dispatched, early morning 17th May, for rescuing the stranded crew of Indian flagged Tug ‘Coromondel Supporter XI’, which was adrift North West of Mangalore, Karnataka. Read more on The Dispatch.     





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