Experts, Leaders Discuss India’s Coronavirus Crisis On Solutions Summit: Highlights

India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic as 1,501 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

New Delhi: 

As the ravaging coronavirus pandemic keeps the country in its tight grip, India looks for solutions to fight the crisis. At “The Solution Summit: India vs Covid” today NDTV discusses with several chief ministers of states, health ministers, doctors and influences to discuss the raging pandemic and ways to tackle the crisis.

India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic as 1,501 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. The country also recorded the biggest daily surge in cases with 2,61,500 infections, taking the caseload to 1.47 crore total cases.

This is the fourth straight day when over 2 lakh cases have been recorded. Over 12 lakh cases have been added to the caseload in the last one week.

Here are the highlights of the Solution Summit:

Apr 18, 2021 18:05 (IST)AIIMS Chief Dr Randeep Guleria on second wave of Covid

  • We should have been more alert because we knew that through serosurvey our population was susceptible and we knew that there was other variants circulating in the world. It was only a matter of time until the strains are found in India. We got complacent.
  • If we go back to the pandemic 100 years ago, the second wave was more dangerous. Even now, people started going out and now we are seeing a surge.

Apr 18, 2021 17:26 (IST)Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij On Possibility Of Lockdown In State

  • We are not in favour of lockdown. People get angry when restrictions are imposed. I am okay with people’s anger but not with piles of bodies.
  • We are ready to help other states if there’s a need for that

Apr 18, 2021 17:23 (IST)Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij On Preparation To Contain Covid

  • We made arrangements in time
  • We have enough stock of Remdesivir and oxygen
  • We have enough beds, ventilators, PPE kits, masks etc
  • I have advised officials to acquire as many hospitals as needed depending upon the number of cases under Epidemic Act
  • We will also convert dharamshalas and schools into hospitals if needed.

Apr 18, 2021 17:19 (IST)Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu On Covid, stocks of vaccine and drugs
In the last wave, students coming from other states and NRI returning had contributed to the cases. We had low testing capacity.
We have sufficient stock of Remdeivir, but we have shortage of vaccine. We have the staff to vaccinate masses. We can vaccinate 2 lakh people daily.

Apr 18, 2021 17:14 (IST)Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh On Covid Situation

  • The most important thing is to save lives.  Must give vaccines to affected areas and save lives.
  • ​The prevailing situation in northeast is better. PM Modi calls us directly. The communication is better. Earlier Manipur had no direct flights. Now we have 6-7 flights. So the transport system is better.
  • If a total lockdown is imposed, we will have to get stocks of food grain. Economically, we will manage. The main shortages will be in ventilators, oxygen. We will take help from Centre.

Apr 18, 2021 16:58 (IST)Assam Minister Himanta Sarma On Covid Spread And Elections

  • We found most positive cases had travel history. No date connecting Covid spread to elections or rallies.
  • Most had come from Mumbai and Delhi for business purposes. Nothing to do with elections.
  • We have vaccinated 12 lakh so far. We have 6 lakh doses available in state.
  • 12,000 vials of Remdesivir available. Will have 10,00 more in coming days.
  • With the rising Covid cases, vaccination demand has gone up. We have to see the supply side also. It takes time to increase that.
  • It’s not possible to develop vaccines overnight. Must increase production in a scientific manner.

Apr 18, 2021 16:46 (IST)Kerala Health Minister on vaccine decentralisation

  • The wuestion is whether we get proper vaccines this time. The most important thing is saving lives. To crush the lives, the most effective weapon is vaccine. We want to vaccinate everyone and not just over 45 years. Our sero-survey showed 89 percent are susceptible, we want to vaccinate them.
  • We began mass-vaccination campaigns. Private sectors must purchase vaccines if they are in the market. But they are not available. Hope Centre gives vaccines. Else, we cannot save the 89 per cent.

Apr 18, 2021 16:39 (IST)Rajasthan Health Minister On Supply Of Vaccines, Drugs And Oxygen

  • Centre should ask states about their capacity. We have given our capacity to Centre. We were vaccinating and then supply stopped. They should increase the supply of vaccinations.
  • Agree with Manmohan Singh, we are saying we need vaccines. Centre says we don’t.
  • We need 1 lakh Remdesivir. Things are in Centre’s control. Oxygen supply has been centralised. We cannot take from the plants in our state.

Apr 18, 2021 16:30 (IST)Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien on Covid Strategy

  • You have to identify the problems to find solutions
  • PM Modi was building his brand image globally were giving 60 million vaccines. Stop your brand building, focus on vaccine
  • BJP wrote a resolution: Greatest country and PM.When you screw up, you have to take responsibility
  • Their focus must be vaccine, vaccine, vaccine
  • We told them to club the three phases together. But no.
  • The Bengal Chief Minister, a few hours ago, has written to the PM: No more vaccines in Bengal. Please send more first.

Apr 18, 2021 16:26 (IST)Maharashtra Helath Minister on Centre vs State on Covid management

  • One thing is clear: there should be no politics in an epidemic. Whatever the demands the states are making, the Centre must provide.
  • Our capacity is 8 Lakh vaccines per day. We have all the resources in place in 4,000 vaccine centres – doctors, nurses, etc. We are getting 3 lakh and we are using 3 lakhs everyday.
  • Maharashtra is a big state. The proportionate amount of vaccine must be given. There is no infighting between our state and the Centre. Because of scarcity of Remdesivir, we have made a system for its distribution. In every district, collector and FDA inspector will have to coordinate this. No party can be involved.

Apr 18, 2021 16:22 (IST)Rajashthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Covid situation in state

  • Till April 1, things were under control. Yesterday’s daily cases were over 9,000 and today it is 10,500. Our mortality rate is increasing. Today, 42 people died in 24 hours.
  • Wge are iving Remdesivir and another drug for free. Our oxygen consumption is increasing. Active cases nearing 65-70k. We have put up oxygen plants. But Centre has taken over the oxygen distribution system. now
  • The supply of oxygen is less than what we need.
  • In the last wave, the young were safe. But now, the young are dying.

Apr 18, 2021 16:17 (IST)KK Shailaja on how Kerala is handling the second Covid wave

  • We anticipated a second wave because we studied about the virus. We wanted to delay the peak because of elections.
  • We were improving our capacity for a year and increasing ICU beds. Only 20% ventilators and less than 50% ICU beds are occupied. We are strengthening the health system.
  • We closed some of our centres when the cases dropped and now we are reopening them.

Apr 18, 2021 16:14 (IST)Maharashtra Health Minister on handling the second wave of pandemic

  • No one could imagine the strength and volume of this. We are registering over 60,000 cases daily.
  • When all seven manufacturers of Remdesivir saw the daily cases in Maharashtra were around 1,500 – 2,000, they reduced their production. It takes 21 days to develop new ones. Oxygen plant can be developed overnight. We are shifting to oxygen generator plants.
  • We are doing our best. We have at least 5 lakh beds available. We have ramped up number of beds.

Apr 18, 2021 16:10 (IST)Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope On Covid Situation In State

  • I think the most important thing is protocols must be strictly followed – honestly and transparently.
  • Maharashtra has a higher number of cases. Whenever there has been an epidemic, the western areas have been affected the most – the central teams also said.
  • The protocols and guidelines have been followed. We managed to flatten the curve.
  • After the lockdown was lifted, numbers were less and we got complacent.

Apr 18, 2021 16:07 (IST)Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja On State’s Strategy To Flatten The Curve

  • Kerala had one of the longest-drawn pademic.
  • In the first wave, we controlled the virus and tried to delay the peak and flattened the curve.
  • Our peak occurred later.
  • Three ways we adopted:
  1. Break the chain campaign
  2. Quarantine
  3. Testing – didn’t have any omissions. In the grassroots levels, we asked our officials to report every case of cough and tested them.
  • Our mortality rate is 0.4. Initially it was 0.5. After lockdown was removed, it became 0.7. We have good advancement in health care. Increased ICU and ventilators.

Apr 18, 2021 15:38 (IST)Bhupesh Baghel on second Covid wave

  • We were supposed to pay attention to the symptoms and the spread of the second wave which we didn’t
  • We should have learnt from the countries where the second wave was reported first, but unfortunately, we didn’t

Apr 18, 2021 15:36 (IST)Chhattisgarh Minister Bhupesh Baghel On Covid Situation In State

  • The cases surged suddenly and rapidly in the month of April. The death rate has also increased in this month.
  • The second wave is spreading very fast
  • During the first wave, it was mostly affecting the elderly but this wave is affecting the elderly, youth and children alike
  • The second wave is very dangerous and our medicinal parameters have changed according to that
  • The symptoms have also changed in this wave
  • The demand of medicines and oxygen have suddenly surged

Apr 18, 2021 15:29 (IST)Actor Malaika Arora on Covid vaccines

Apr 18, 2021 15:23 (IST)Malaika Arora on fitness during COVID-19

  •  Everyone’s fitness levels are different. I believe in yoga. Home cooked simple food is very good.
  • Stay at home, wear mask, keep your surroundings clean, eat homecooked meals
  • You can not escape Covid. It looms large

Apr 18, 2021 14:57 (IST)State Ministers on the Covid surge

  • “The virus is spreading to more amongst youth and rural areas,” says T.S. Singh Deo, Chhattisgarh Health Minister 
  • “We don’t have ICU beds, oxygenated beds. We have lack of injections like Remdesivir. We may be falling short of steroidal medicines. All these  points where we are falling short, at not yet peak of the second wave, we must prepare for all this for the next phase. If it is not going to be Corona, it will be something else. That is for sure,” Mr Deo adds.
  • “Oxygen tankers are given the status of ambulances in Madhya Pradesh, we have created a green corridor for making Oxygen available to hospitals,” says Vishvas Kailash Sarang, Medical Education Minister, Madhya Pradesh. This is a pandemic, there will be challenges, but we are working on the solutions that are required, he says adding no deaths due to lack of oxygen in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Will formulate solution about Remdesivir stocks being stolen by this evening. We think we will recover the stocks. We have made all possible efforts to prevent this from happening: Vishvas Kailash Sarang said.
  • This is not a show for blame game but to find solutions – we should all work together without politics, Mr Sarang said.

Apr 18, 2021 14:41 (IST)UP cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh on health facilities in the state

  • Uttar Pradesh government is scaling up all health facilities, ramping up ICU beds.
  • We have already vaccinated 1 crore people in the state.
  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Covid task force has been working hard
  • The number of electric crematoriums have been increased.
  • Fudging of data is impossible.
  • Have added 52 more medical colleges since BJP came into power.

Apr 18, 2021 14:18 (IST)Principal Scientific Adviser to the government on vaccine, Covid surge

  • Remdesivir production being scaled up.
  • India to get Johnson & Johnson vaccine soon.
  • India is expected to get more vaccines in the future.
  • We have Sputnik vaccine now for emergency use.
  • If there is any shortage of oxygen at any point in time. There is a website where we can see. The oxygen shortage will be addressed soon. Increased availability right away. Oxygen supply is being addressed.
  • The product (Sputnik V) can be expensive. The companies will sell it at a much cheaper rate due to pandemic. Vaccines sold in India are at a much lower price.
  • Demand for vaccine is enormous, and I don’t think this is a case. Virus transmits through us. Vaccine works. We have far more cases.
  • Vijayraghavan: This can always happen. It is a race and we will have to win it, on mutant strains spread.
  • We are rapid now and tests in the world have identified. The vaccine design scenario is good. No longer we have to go for so many trails.

Apr 18, 2021 13:44 (IST)Aaditya Thackeray on the Covid surge in Maharashtra

  • Political parties must work together against the crisis.
  • The situation has become better. There are many cases that were mild. We are using oxygen concentrators. Nobody thought the second wave will be so dangerous.
  • We are preparing for the third wave. We are coming up with more beds/tests. We should do our tests. Some people prefer home over the hospital. We should follow all norms. We should follow what your doc says.
  • Typically weakness, little sense of throat irritation. I went for a test and followed my doc advice – on his experience after recovering from Covid.
  • Don’t panic. This is a global pandemic, we are seeing this once in 100 years, it is a complicated disease so do not ignore any symptoms. Yes some are not afraid. When people say we have a cold, please do not talk to that person. It is a complicated disease and do not take it lightly.
  • Maharashtra still on alert mode, however, we are also taking into account possibilities of the third wave and how we can manage.
  • Vaccination will definitely help us in the third wave and going further.
  • Duty is to save the life of people. We supported people with financial package. We have started the discussion on the second phase as well. We have started talking about the third wave to the doctors.
  • This time, travel is not restricted, people are migrating. There is not much panic today as compared to last year.
  • We are trying to restrict hoarding of remdesivir, its for all of us to step up beyond politics at this point. Oxygen situation in the state is stable now. We have coordinated with Centre and companies, health minister and administration and the situation is stable now.
  • Every decision the state has taken is based on the task force, all decisions are made as per science.
  • We are also going for genome sequencing because we have a lot of flyers coming in from different regions.
  • Under reporting COVID cases is not going to help, crucial to understand we can’t be afraid of the numbers.
  • Requesting all to test, some are fearing isolation if they turn positive. Requesting people not to worry about public or private treatment, as protocols being followed are the same, as set by the task force.

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