Top news of the day: 22 COVID-19 patients die in Nashik hospital after oxygen tank leak; Covishield to be sold to States at ₹400 and ₹600 to private hospitals from May 1, and more

Medical oxygen leaks from a storage unit at Zakir Hussain Municipal Hospital in Nashik on April 21, 2021. The leak interrupted oxygen supply leading to the death of several COVID-19 patients.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Coronavirus | At least 22 COVID-19 patients dead after oxygen tank leakage at Nashik hospital

Valve malfunction leads to disruption of oxygen supply to COVID-19 patients on life support.

Coronavirus | Covishield to be sold to States at ₹400 a dose and at ₹600 to private hospitals from May 1

Currently, Covishield constitutes over 90% of India’s vaccine supply and is learnt to be sold to the Centre at ₹150-200 per dose.

Coronavirus | Updated data from Covaxin phase 3 trial shows 78% efficacy

The efficacy of Covaxin has dropped a tad lower — 78% — than the 81% reported in March. On April 21, Bharat Biotech announced results from an interim analysis of its phase 3 trial. The efficacy against severe COVID-19 disease was 100%, the company claimed, but that against protecting from asymptomatic COVID-19 infection was 70%.

Coronavirus | Government releases data showing COVID-19 severity in second wave same as first

The Health Ministry on Wednesday released a slew of comparative data, showing that the severity, virulence and demography of the victims in the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 are about the same as the first wave.

Coronavirus | Vaccine policy no less than demonetisation: Rahul

“The Central government’s vaccine strategy is no less than the demonetisation. The common people will stand in queues, will suffer loss of wealth, health and life and in the end only a few big industrialists will benefit,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted.

Railway pointsman Mayur Shelke to get ₹50,000 cash award for saving child

Mr. Shelke’s daredevilry in rescuing the child moments before a train streaked past was captured in a CCTV video, which won the Internet.

Australia ends Chinese deals on national interest grounds

The cancelled deals include Victoria state’s two “Belt and Road” infrastructure building initiative deals with Beijing signed in 2018 and 2019, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement. Those deals triggered the legislative response. The Victoria Education Department’s pacts signed with Syria in 1999 and Iran in 2004 were also cancelled.

Explained | What next after U.S. ex-cop’s conviction in George Floyd case

Twelve jurors found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, ultimately deciding that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death and that his actions were not that of a reasonable officer.

Coronavirus | Hitting latest vaccine milestone, Biden pushes shots for all

The U.S. is set to meet President Joe Biden’s latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public.

Air pollution costs Indian businesses $95 billion a year: study

Every year, higher pollution levels shave off $1.3 billion from India’s IT sector in lost productivity, said the study by industry group CII; Clean Air Fund, a charity; and consulting firm Dalberg.

IPL 2021 | RCB hope to keep momentum going against stumbling Rajasthan Royals

The Royals bowling unit has been underwhelming to say the least.

ICC bans UAE’s Qadeer Khan for 5 years for corruption, charges Mehardeep on six counts

“Mr. Khan’s period of ineligibility has been backdated to 16 October 2019, when he was provisionally suspended,” the ICC release said.

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