“People who have registered on CoWIN app and received a message can go to vaccination centres. Don’t go to centres until and unless you receive a message. If you have registered but have not received a message, don’t go to the centre. Priority will be given to people between 45-60 years of age coming in for their second dose. Vaccines will be given to people bbetween 18 to 44 years of age only after they have registered and received a message. Vaccine centres will function as and when we receive vaccine,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh for those killed in the hospital fire in Gujarat’s Bharuch. “I express my condolences to the patients, doctors and hospital staff who lost their lives in the fire accident at Bharuch Hospital. The state government will provide assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the families of each of the victims of the accident,” Rupani said.
In a tragic incident, at least 18 coronavirus patients died after a fire broke out at a hospital in Gujarat’s Bharuch in the early hours today. Gut-wrenching visuals of the tragedy showed remains of some patients roasted alive on stretchers and beds.
On a little brighter side, the United States Agency for International Development coordinator Jeremy Konyndyk, White House National Security Council and Embassy of India, Washington DC oversaw the send-off of the fourth plane carrying critical life-saving supplies to India today.
The US has, meanwhile, imposed a ban on the entry of foreign nationals who were in India for the past 14 days. Entry of US citizens, Green Card holders allowed.
US President signed the declaration to restrict the entry of Indians in the US, owing to the increasing number of Covid19 cases in India. The proclamation said India “accounts for over one-third of new global cases” and added that “proactive measures are required to protect the nation’s public health from travelers entering the United States” from India.
The Biden Administration yesterday said that the COVID-19 crisis in India is “indeed very serious”, noting that the cases have not peaked yet. “I’m afraid that the crisis in India with the surge in the virus is indeed very, very serious. India’s reporting an increasing number of cases almost every day. The crisis has not peaked yet,” Gayle E Smith, the State Department Coordinator for Global COVID Response and Health Security told reporters at a news conference here.
In January, Biden issued a similar ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa.