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A patient being taken for CT scan with oxygen support at Government Kilpauk Medical College (GKMC) Hospital, in Chennai in April 2021 | PTI

Too many CT scans to diagnose Covid could increase cancer risk, AIIMS chief warns

At health ministry briefing on Covid-19, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria warns against too much reliance on blood tests for biomarkers, noting it doesn't paint the true picture.
Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

States seek Army help to fight Covid but ‘overstretched’ forces have limited doctors to spare

Latest demand has come from Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia who Monday wrote to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling for the Army to set up 11,000 beds in the national capital. 

Mamata declares journalists as ’Covid warriors’, urges Centre to vaccinate citizens for free

Mamata Banerjee said that if a portion of the money that the Centre spent in elections was invested in the Covid vaccination then universal vaccination would have already be done.

Full advance of Rs 1,732.50 cr released to SII for 11 cr Covishield doses: Health Ministry

Media reports alleging that the Centre has not placed any fresh order for Covid-19 vaccines are 'incorrect and not based on facts', the Union Health Ministry said.

After Odisha and Bihar, MP declares journalists as ‘frontline workers’

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the journalists were risking their lives while doing their duty during this 'dangerous period of covid pandemic'.
Grieving relatives outside the district hospital at Chamarajanagar | Rohini Swamy | ThePrint

Lack of oxygen blamed as 24 patients, including 12 with Covid, die at Karnataka govt hospital

Staff at Chamarajanagar district hospital say all patients died when the facility ran out of oxygen. District authorities say too early to reach that conclusion.
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

Discussions on with Indian govt for expedited approval of Pfizer Covid vaccine, says CEO

Pfizer is aware that access to vaccines is critical. Unfortunately, our vaccine is not registered in India although our application was submitted months ago, the CEO added.

Covid-19 pandemic: 9 sacked for refusing vaccine in New Zealand, savings up in South Africa

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A temporary Covid care centre being prepared at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi, on 2 May 2021

India’s active Covid cases cross 34 lakh with 3.68 lakh new infections

The death toll increased to 2,18,959 with 3,417 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The national Covid recovery rate stood at 81.77%.
The crowded emergency ward at the district hospital in Ballia | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

Gasping Covid patients on floor with the dead, doctors at breaking point in east UP hospitals

With just 1,400 hospital beds between them, East UP rural districts Ballia and Ghaizpur are struggling with a caseload of nearly 10,000 active cases.

On Camera

Western press critical of Modi, so why is G-7 inviting him to UK summit?

Despite Modi’s hubris in declaring victory on the virus, the world recognises that the prime minister remains the tallest leader on the national landscape.
The Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu | ANI

India approaches US firms seeking investment in country’s pharmaceutical, medical sector

Last week, India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu held virtual meetings with top US pharma companies, including Pfizer, and said India is seeking to encourage investments.


Representational image of a healthcare worker handling an oxygen cylinder | Photo: ThePrint

Delhi govt reduces Base Hospital’s oxygen allocation, Army says no need to panic

Due to shortage, less than 1 MT oxygen could be allocated to Base Hospital in Delhi Monday. Army has requested MoD for additional allocation & is also making arrangements on its own.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.