New Delhi: Union chemical and fertiliser, and ports, shipping and waterway minister Mansukh Mandaviya has praised his daughter, Disha, for becoming a COVID warrior. The minister is feeling proud of her for taking up the role of a frontline health worker in these tough times.
In a tweet, the minister said that he waited "so long" to see his daughter in the role of a COVID-19 warrior. He tweeted a photograph of Disha in a PPE kit at what appears to be the COVID resource centre. Behind her are a few other members of her team wearing PPE suits, and boxes of medical supplies.
He tweeted, "My Daughter, My Pride! Disha, I have waited so long to see you in this role. I am filled with pride that you are rendering your duty as an intern in this critical time. The nation needs your service and I'm sure you will prove yourself. More power to you my warrior!"
The tweet received more than 18,000 likes and was praised by the minister's followers and other Twitter users.
A user named Jai Bangal said, "Daughters are the best."
Another user said that doctors and other healthcare staff were facing a time worse that what they would have faced during a war, and saluted all the courageous warriors.
"The times are worst than going for any WAR for all Doctors /Nurses /Healthcare Staff /Cleaning Staff etc.
WARs usually last few months, but this WAR is going on & on over a year now.
Salutes to Courageous Warriors."
Mandaviya has previously said that the central government has asked all major ports to waive all charges for ships carrying oxygen and oxygen-related equipment cargo and the highest priority should be given to berthing of those vessels. His ministry has also asked port chairpersons to personally supervise berthing and logistics operations to ensure unhindered movement of such consignments.
He tweeted, "Government of India has directed all Major Ports to:
•waive-off all charges for Ships carrying #Oxygen and oxygen related equipment cargo
•highest priority to be accorded for berthing of such ships #IndiaFightsCOVID19
In another tweet, he informed that the ship, 'MV Hai Nam 86', carrying oxygen cylinders has reached the Deendayal Port on Gujarat coast.
Ship 'MV Hai Nam 86' reaches @Deendayal_Port, carrying steel cylinder tubes used for making #Oxygen cylinders.
Vessel was given the highest priority for berthing on arrival at Cargo Jetty, owing to oxygen shortage in the country."
He has also previously said that the central government has approved 25 new manufacturing sites for Remdesivir and the production of the anti-viral drug has now been ramped up to 90 lakh vials per month to meet the rapidly expanding demand in the country.
India on Monday reported 3.23 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases taking the total caseload of the country to over 1.76 crores. 2,771 COVID-induced deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours with the total death toll now amounting to over 1.97 lakhs. There are over 28.74 lakh active cases of the novel coronavirus in the country. However, India finally saw a downward spiral in the number of COVID-19 cases with 8.4% fewer cases than the previous day. It is the sixth consecutive day that over 3 lakh cases have been reported in the country.
Meanwhile, in Assam, 3,137 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus taking the total tally of the caseload in the state to over 2.4 lakh on Monday. Kamrup Metro reported a staggering 1,153 cases while Dibrugarh reported 268 cases, Kamrup Rural reported 255 cases and Darrang reported 127. 15 new cases of COVID-induced fatalities have been reported taking the total death toll to 1,215. 8 deaths were reported from Kamrup Metro, 3 from Dibrugarh, 2 from Barpeta, and 1 from Goalpara. The positivity rate is 4.29% while the recovery rate is 91.55%.