Unplanned implementation of lockdown resulting in chaos: Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet | WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs Unplanned implementation of lockdown resulting in chaos: Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet – WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs
Connect with us
Sonia Gandhi in Cong meeting Sonia Gandhi in Cong meeting

Disaster

Unplanned implementation of lockdown resulting in chaos: Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet

“The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater,” Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

Published

on

The 21-day lockdown enforced to curtail the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed at least 50 lives so far and infected nearly 2,000, may have been necessary but the unplanned manner in which it has been implemented has resulted in chaos and pain among millions of migrant labourers, the Congress said on Thursday.

During a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held through video conferencing, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said the country is in the midst of an unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis.

“The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater,” she said.

Besides Sonia, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders also discussed the issue at the CWC.

Highlighting the plight of poor and disadvantaged, Sonia said, “In our country, those who are most vulnerable to the consequences of this pandemic are the poor and disadvantaged. We must come together for their sake and do all we can to support them through the difficult days that lie ahead,” she said.

“It has been heart-breaking to see lakhs of people walking for hundreds of kilometres towards their villages without food or shelter. It is the duty of us all to do our utmost to lessen their suffering,” she added.

The government needs to put in place a comprehensive strategy to manage this crisis arising out of the coronavirus lockdown, she said.

Stressing on the need to provide the required support to medical professionals, Sonia said, “Personal Protection Equipment such as hazmat suits, N-95 masks, etc. must be provided to them on a war footing. Equally important are Ventilators and breathing equipment, isolation beds and designated hospitals to treat Covid-19. The onus lies on Governments to ensure that the spread of infection and casualties are not caused owing to lack of infrastructure or preparedness.”

“As far as the Covid-19 virus is concerned, there is no alternative to constant and reliable testing. This is the most effective way to combat it,” she added.

The government needs to put in place a comprehensive strategy to manage this crisis arising out of the coronavirus lockdown, Sonia Gandhi said.

The Congress president also urged the government to make available the details of designated hospitals and facilities offered as well as information regarding the availability of medical supplies to the public.

From referring to conditions of farmers, who are trying hard to cope with the harvesting season, to the those involved with medium and small enterprises, the party interim chief urged the government to help all families who are at extreme risk.

“Farmers urgently require the availability of fertilizers and pesticides, access to easy lines of credit, forward guidance in preparing for the planting of the kharif crop. Above all proper remuneration prices are essential for them to be able to survive the present economic onslaught,” she said.

“Medium and Small-Scale Enterprises have been hit hardest by recent events. The livelihood of crores of our citizens has been imperilled. Government needs to put in place a comprehensive strategy to manage this crisis,” she added.

Sonia also mentioned those working in the unorganised sector, saying “the economic consequences of the pandemic threatens to destroy their livelihood. They are already facing tremendous hardship due to hunger and lack of health facilities. As a nation, we owe them our full and constructive support”.

Touching upon the middle class, Sonia said wage cuts, job losses across all sectors of the economy, high petrol diesel and gas prices were leading to acute distress. “If this was not enough, while EMIs have been deferred, no interest subvention or relief has been provided. This offsets the entire purpose of the deferment,” she said.

“The choices we make today will have a direct impact tomorrow on our family, neighbourhood, community, environment and nation. How effectively we meet this challenge, how we protect all sections of our society, specially the most vulnerable among us will define us for generations to come,” she added.

Cities

Mumbai crosses 1,000 deaths, MMR has over 40K cases

Though trailing a distant second after Mumbai, Pune Division fatalities touched 321, besides 6,933 patients.

Published

on

Coronavirus Treatment

Mumbai, May 25 : Exactly 65 days after recording the first Covid-19 death, Mumbai on Monday crossed 1,000-mark with 38 deaths, taking the death toll to 1,026, while the Mumbai Metropolitan Region notched over 40K cases, health officials said here.

Maharashtra recorded 60 Covid-19 deaths on Monday and the number of cases reached 52,667 with 2,436 new infections.

This comes to roughly one death every 24 minutes, and an average 102 new cases recorded every hour in the state on Monday.

The state has been recording fatalities above 50 and new patients over 2,000 daily for the past nine consecutive days now, and the previous highest 24-hour figure for infections was 3,041 cases on May 24.

With 60 fatalities — down by 16 from the highest ever 76 notched on May 19 — the state’s death toll has touched 1,695 and the total number of coronavirus patients increased from 50,231 on Sunday to 52,667 on Monday.

The health department said of the total number of cases declared Monday, 35,178 were ‘active cases’ — swelling by 1,190 over Sunday’s 33,988.

Of the total 60 fatalities, 38 were recorded in Mumbai alone, taking the city deaths up from Sunday’s 988 to 1,026 now, while the number of Covid-19 positive patients here shot up by 1,430 cases to touch 31,972 today.

Mumbai’s congested Dharavi slum continued to be a major hot spot with 42 new cases Monday, taking the total number of infectees to 1,583 there and 59 deaths till date.

Besides Mumbai’s 38 deaths, including one from Bihar, there were 11 fatalities in Pune, 6 in Thane (Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan-Dombivali), 2 in Aurangabad, and one each in Ratnagiri and Solapur.

They comprised 42 men and 198 women, and nearly 78 per cent of them suffered from other serious ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems and asthma.

On the positive side, 1,186 fully cured patients returned home Monday, taking the number of those discharged to 15,786.

As part of the easing up of domestic air travel, Mumbai International Airport Ltd on Monday handled 47 incoming and outgoing flights by seven airlines catering to 14 national sectors.

They included 3,752 outbound passengers, maximum on the New Delhi sector and 1,100 arrivals, with full Covid-19 protocols implemented.

The Muslim community of Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur donated their Ramzan monthly expenses to sponsor a 10-bed intensive care unit at the Indira Gandhi General Hospital here which was dedicated online by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Thackeray announced that by May 31, 2,475 Covid-19 beds, many with ICU-Oxygen, will be operational at the upcoming jumbo hospitals in Bandra Kurla Complex, NSCI Worli, and NESCO Goregaon, and in each ward in Mumbai 100-bed hospitals with 20 ICU beds have been taken over.

The number of ambulances in the city for Covid-19 has gone up from 100 to 450 now and their services will be available through a mobile app, while the availability of hospital beds data will be available real-time on a dashboard, the CM added.

The Maharashtra Industries Development Corporation (MIDC) Ltd distributed 2 lakh tonnes of foodgrains to the people of the worst-hit Dharavi, said Industry Minister Subhash Desai.

The MMR continued to cause grave concerns with 1,154 Covid-19 deaths and positive cases shooting to 40,438.

Though trailing a distant second after Mumbai, Pune Division fatalities touched 321, besides 6,933 patients.

The next major area of concern is Nashik Division with 103 deaths and 1,618 positive cases, followed by Aurangabad Division with 49 fatalities and 1,508 cases, and finally Akola Division with 34 deaths and 766 cases.

There’s Latur Division with 8 deaths and 249 cases, Kolhapur Division with 6 deaths and 527 patients, and finally Nagpur Division with 8 deaths and 577 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine increased from 499,387 to 530,247 Monday — a jump of 30,860 — and those in institutional quarantine went up from 35,107 to 35,479, a spurt of 372 suspect cases.

The state’s containment zones increased from 2,283 to 2,391 on Monday and 16,106 health teams have carried out a survey of a population of around 66.1 lakh in the state.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at [email protected])

Continue Reading

Disaster

Gujarat’s health infrastructure has completely collapsed, says AAP

He said that now it is high time for the BJP to come in front of the people and say why they have failed to better health infrastructure in Gujarat.

Published

on

By

Vijay Rupani

New Delhi, May 26 : Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said that the health infrastructure of Gujarat has completely collapsed and accused the state’s ruling BJP of indulging in corruption.

AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh said the Gujarat High Court’s observations have revealed the “fraud” behind BJP’s Gujarat Model.

He said that Gujarat HC has observed that the condition of the Ahmedabad Civil hospital is “pathetic” and the hospital is “as good as a dungeon, maybe even worse”.

“Heath infrastructure of Gujarat completely collapsed. In Gujarat, the N-95 masks which cost around Rs 49 are being sold at Rs 65. This means that corruption is happening in Gujarat in the health sector. The Gujarat government which is led by the BJP has also failed the poor migrant labourers,” he claimed.

Noting the BJP is ruling Gujarat for the last 25 years, he said: “It has always talked about the Gujarat model of development both across the globe and India. Till date, 865 people have died in Gujarat due to coronavirus and the number of deaths in Gujarat is the highest among all the states of India.”

Singh said “it is crystal clear that the health infrastructure of Gujarat has completely failed. These are not my personal observations, these are the observations made by the Gujarat High Court.”

He said that now it is high time for the BJP to come in front of the people and say why they have failed to better health infrastructure in Gujarat.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are from Gujarat. The Central government earlier sent a team of experts to Gujarat to look into the health infrastructure of the state but until today has not revealed the findings of the team. I think that this is high time the BJP should come clean about the real situation of Gujarat,” said Singh.

Continue Reading

Cities

Covid-19: Gujarat’s tally mounts to 14,468, death toll 888

On Monday, a total of 224 patients were discharged. Till now, 6,636 people have recovered from the disease in Gujarat.

Published

on

By

Coronavirus

Gandhinagar, May 26 : With an addition of 405 new cases on Monday, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Gujarat has climbed to 14,468, while 30 deaths in the last 24 hours took the states death toll to 888.

Health authorities carried out a total of 3,492 tests in the past 24 hours, of which the results of 405 returned positive. Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of cases at 310, followed by Surat (31), Vadodara (18), Sabarkantha (12), Mahisagar (7), Gandhinagar (4), Panchmahals and Narmada (3 each), Bhavnagar, Anand, Surendranagar and Amreli (2 each), and Rajkot, Mahesana, Botad, Kheda, Patan, Valsad, Navsari and Porbandar (1 each).

The state has been reporting over 20 deaths daily since the beginning of May and the trend continued on Monday with 30 more people falling prey to the deadly virus, taking the state’s death toll to 888.

Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of fatalities at 25 (15 males, 10 females), while two males and a female died in Gandhinagar. Surat (1 female) and Anand (1 male) also reported Covid-19 deaths.

Out of the total death toll, 674 people have succumbed to the dreaded virus in May. Till date, 722 people have died in Ahmedabad alone, followed by 62 in Surat, 35 in Vadodara, 13 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Anand, 8 in Bhavnagar and 6 in Panchmahals.

Out of the 6,944 active cases in the state, the condition of 6,835 is stable, while 109 patients are on ventilator support.

On Monday, a total of 224 patients were discharged. Till now, 6,636 people have recovered from the disease in Gujarat.

Right now, there are over 4.4 lakh people quarantined in the state, 4,31,046 under home quarantine, 10,789 in government facilities and 762 in private facilities.

Since the past couple of days, more and more cases are getting detected outside the three major cities of the state, Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara, signalling the increasing spread of the virus across the state.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular